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Document Easter message of the Heads of Churches of Jerusalem
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Document South African response to Kairos Palestine Document
A South African Christian response to the Palestinian Kairos Document: An Easter 2010 message from South Africa to Palestine
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Document Easter letter 2014
WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit's Easter letter to the member churches.
Located in Resources / / WCC general secretary / Messages and letters
Document Frequently asked questions about the date of Easter
In 2007 Christians from all traditions will celebrate Easter on the same day, April 8. But in many years major Christian traditions celebrate Easter on different dates, thus giving the impression of a divided witness to this fundamental aspect of the Christian faith. In recent years the desire to find a common date for the celebration of Easter, the Holy Pascha, the feast of Christ's resurrection, has become more and urgent. Initiatives by the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches have urged churches to address this issue. This page seeks to provide some answers to frequent questions asked about the date of Easter.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / I. Unity: The Church and its mission
Document Towards a Common Date for Easter
In most years Protestant and Roman Catholic Christians celebrate Easter on one date, and Orthodox Christians on another (the year 2007, and again in 2011, will be an exception). This text, prepared by Faith and Order in collaboration with the Middle East Council of Churches, examines the reasons for this and offers a proposal for reckoning a common date of Easter.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / I. Unity: The Church and its mission
Document Celebrating Easter Together
In early 2001, the WCC Public Information Team asked knowledgeable representatives of the Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant traditions to give a brief outline of their thinking on a common date for Easter. The series began with this article by the Rev. Dr Dagmar Heller, executive secretary for Mission and Ecumenical Relations in North Baden, Evangelical Church in Baden, Germany. As a WCC staff member with the "Faith and Order" team, she had been involved in organizing and accompanying the discussion process on a common date for Easter.
Located in Resources / / I. Unity: The Church and its mission / Towards a Common Date for Easter
Document Celebrating together Redemption in Christ
In early 2001, the WCC Public Information Team asked knowledgeable representatives of the Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant traditions to give a brief outline of their thinking on a common date for Easter. Monsignor John A. Radano of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity wrote about "Catholic hopes of a common date for Easter".
Located in Resources / / I. Unity: The Church and its mission / Towards a Common Date for Easter
Document Praying and working toward the common date of Easter: Bringing us closer to the imperative of Christian unity
In early 2001, the WCC Public Information Team asked knowledgeable representatives of the Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant traditions to give a brief outline of their thinking on a common date for Easter. Metropolitan Bishoy of Damiette of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Egypt, contributed from the viewpoint of the Oriental Orthodox tradition.
Located in Resources / / I. Unity: The Church and its mission / Towards a Common Date for Easter
Document The gift of a common calendar - vital to mission and witness in secular society
In early 2001, the WCC Public Information Team asked knowledgeable representatives of the Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant traditions to give a brief outline of their thinking on a common date for Easter. Metropolitan Ambrosius of Oulu tells of the experiences of an Orthodox minority church in a Protestant country; in Finland "Orthodox and Lutherans have been experiencing the power of the Resurrection at the common date of Easter ever since the early 1920s".
Located in Resources / / I. Unity: The Church and its mission / Towards a Common Date for Easter
Document Easter letter to member churches
The pure gift of peace, meant to be shared freely as a blessing from God, is the theme of an Easter 2012 reflection by the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC).
Located in Resources / / WCC general secretary / Messages and letters