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Document Pentecost message 2006
Located in Resources / Documents / WCC presidents
Document New Delhi Statement on Unity
This is the report of the Section on Unity at the WCC 3rd Assembly. Particularly in paragraph 2 -- probably the greatest run-on sentence in ecumenical history -- we have one of the seminal and enduring statements on the nature of "organic unity".
Located in Resources / / WCC Assembly / New Delhi, 1961
Document The Nature and Purpose of the Church
Response of the member churches to The Nature and Purpose of the Church (Faith and Order Paper No. 181)
Located in Resources / / WCC Central Committee / Geneva, 2002
Document Called to be the One Church (The Porto Alegre Ecclesiology Text)
Called to be the One Church (The Porto Alegre Ecclesiology Text) This concise text (about 2,300 words) was adopted by WCC member churches at the Porto Alegre Assembly (February, 2006) as a basis for their renewed commitment to the search for visible unity. It invites the churches into a renewed conversation - mutually supportive, yet open and searching - about the quality of their fellowship and communion, and about the issues which still divide them. WCC member churches are asked to respond officially to the text by the next WCC Assembly; study groups and individuals are also invited to offer comments and reactions.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / I. Unity: The Church and its mission
Document The Unity of the Church: Gift and Calling - The Canberra Statement
This text developed by Faith and Order is another of the "unity statements" adopted by WCC Assemblies over the years. It is one attempt to indicate the elements of "full communion" among churches.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / I. Unity: The Church and its mission
Document Costly Unity
This text is the fruit of the joint study programme on Ecclesiology and Ethics conducted by Faith and Order and the WCC's Justice, Peace and Creation team. The results of meetings in Rønde, Denmark; Jerusalem, Israel; and Johannesburg, South Africa, they explore how the churches are called to be a community of ethical reflection - and engagement - in today's world.
Located in Resources / / VI. Church and World: Unity and the life of the Church in the World / Ecclesiology and Ethics
Document Costly Commitment
This text is the fruit of the joint study programme on Ecclesiology and Ethics conducted by Faith and Order and the WCC's Justice, Peace and Creation team. The results of meetings in Rønde, Denmark; Jerusalem, Israel; and Johannesburg, South Africa, they explore how the churches are called to be a community of ethical reflection - and engagement - in today's world.
Located in Resources / / VI. Church and World: Unity and the life of the Church in the World / Ecclesiology and Ethics
Document Costly Obedience
This text is the fruit of the joint study programme on Ecclesiology and Ethics conducted by Faith and Order and the WCC's Justice, Peace and Creation team. The results of meetings in Rønde, Denmark; Jerusalem, Israel; and Johannesburg, South Africa, they explore how the churches are called to be a community of ethical reflection - and engagement - in today's world.
Located in Resources / / VI. Church and World: Unity and the life of the Church in the World / Ecclesiology and Ethics
Document The Nature and Mission of the Church - Presentation by Metropolitan Geevarghese Coorilos
The NMC document is appreciated for its philosophical imagination, but it needs to be complimented with sociological and poetic imaginations where the text (the Word) takes on flesh and enters the realm of the pain and pathos that the poor and their earth endure, argues Metropolitan Geevarghese Coorilos.
Located in Resources / / X. Other documents from conferences and meetings / Faith and Order Plenary Commission meeting in Crete 2009
Document The Nature and Mission of the Church - Presentation by Rev. Prof. Viorel Ionita
The Porto Alegre statement «Called to be the One Church», with all the reactions from the churches to it, should be used to help Faith and Order Commission develop The Nature and Mission of the Church into a common statement, proposes the Very Rev. Prof. Dr Viorel Ionita in his contribution to the discussion on the future of the study "The Nature and Mission of the Church".
Located in Resources / / X. Other documents from conferences and meetings / Faith and Order Plenary Commission meeting in Crete 2009