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The Church: Towards a Common Vision

At once the instrument of and obstacle to Christian unity, the identity of the church itself has often been the subject of debate and division in Christian history. Yet, despite such diversity and the steep challenges presented by the present context, The Church: Towards a Common Vision presents a genuine ecumenical convergence of understanding on the fundamental character and mission of the Church from a variety of communions, traditions, and regions.

Faith and Order Paper No. 214

An ecumenical convergence—

“For twenty years, the delegated representatives of the Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican, Evangelical, Pentecostal and Roman Catholic churches . . . have sought to uncover a global, multilateral and ecumenical vision of the nature, purpose, and mission of the Church.”—from the Preface

At once the instrument of and obstacle to Christian unity, the identity of the church itself has often been the subject of debate and division in Christian history.  Yet, despite such diversity and the steep challenges presented by the present context, The Church: Towards a Common Vision presents a genuine ecumenical convergence of understanding on the fundamental character and mission of the Church from a variety of communions, traditions, and regions.

Developed and elaborated by the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches in countless meetings and drafts, The Church ambitiously builds on centuries of reflection about Christian community and addresses specifically the church’s mission, its unity, its being in the Trinitarian life of God, its life in faith and sacraments and ministry, its authority and role in the world—all fuelled by a theologically profound vision that frames Christian discipleship in communion with God and each other.

“The WCC’s Commission on Faith and Order presents to us a gift…. It will have an important role in the coming years for discerning the next steps toward visible unity.”—Olav Fykse Tveit, World Council of Churches General Secretary

 

Specs: 56 pp.; 8 x 8”; paper; perfect; 2-colour cover

Topic/Shelving: Christian Theology / Ecumenism

ISBN: 978-2-8254-1587-0

Price: CHF 10.00; £5.00; €5.00; $10.00; 2013

Rights: World, all languages

 

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