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Document Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry (Faith and Order Paper no. 111, the "Lima Text")
This famous text, adopted by Faith and Order at its plenary commission meeting in Lima, Peru in 1982, explores the growing agreement - and remaining differences - in fundamental areas of the churches' faith and life. The most widely-distributed and studied ecumenical document, BEM has been a basis for many "mutual recognition" agreements among churches and remains a reference today.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / I. Unity: The Church and its mission
Document Towards Sharing the One Faith
Faith and Order's Apostolic Faith study explored the meaning of the Nicene Creed as a basis for the faith of Christians and the churches today. The present text is a study guide to the Nicene Creed and to the Apostolic Faith study itself.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / III. Apostolic Faith
Document Church and World: The Unity of the Church and the Renewal of Human Community
This text (Faith and Order Paper no. 151), the result of Faith and Order's study on The Unity of the Church and the Renewal of Human Community, explores the relation between the church's unity and its mission and prophetic witness in the world.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / VI. Church and World: Unity and the life of the Church in the World
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 Message from the 6th International Consultation of United and Uniting Churches, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, 1995
This text is the report from the penultimate international consultation of united and uniting churches.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / VII. United and uniting Churches
Document Interrogating and Redefining Power - A theological consultation
If violence is an exercise of power over the powerless or a retaliation to such, what makes power prone to abuse? Why do people not only fear but also aspire for sources of violent power? Why do some religious traditions view violence as a divine attribute? How is power understood and exercised within our churches? What biblical and theological resources do we have to offer in the search for responsible new ways of understanding and exercising power? Interrogating and redefining power is crucial to our attempts to overcome violence.
Located in Resources / / X. Other documents from conferences and meetings / Theological reflection on peace
Document Message from the Fifth World Conference on Faith and Order, 1993
The Fifth World Conference on Faith and Order took place at Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 3 - 14 August 1993, with its theme "Towards Koinonia in Faith, Life and Witness". A comprehensive Report of the Conference will be published towards the end of this year. We now publish the Message and the four Section Reports together with the Discussion Paper prepared for the Conference. The Message and Reports are the most tangible results of the World Conference. However, they represent only one important part of this gathering which was marked by common worship and prayer, Bible study, a great number of papers, plenary discussions, a statement by the younger theologians and the many personal encounters between the participants (about 400 in different categories).
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / X. Other documents from conferences and meetings
Document The Decade to Overcome Violence (DOV), Churches Seeking Reconciliation and Peace
Located in Resources / / Peace and disarmament / Peace concerns