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Document A Treasure in Earthen Vessels: An Instrument for an Ecumenical Reflection on Hermeneutics
This text (Faith and Order Paper No. 182) explores the complex but often creative field of hermeneutics - the interpretation of texts, symbols, and rites - and its role in the search for visible church unity. It invites us to reflect on how we approach and evaluate one another's language and symbols, as a contribution to mutual understanding among Christians and churches.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / IV. Interpretation - The meaning of our words and symbols
Document Study III: Scriptures
The study guide My Neighbour's Faith and Mine: Theological discoveries through interfaith dialogue, was published by the WCC in 1986. Since then it has been translated into numerous languages and used widely.
Located in Resources / / Christian identity in pluralistic societies / Study guide: My Neighbour's Faith and Mine
Document Global Platform on theological reflection and analysis 2008
The theme, The Bible, Crisis and Catastrophe, was chosen because Christians use the Bible to interpret crises and catastrophes in many different ways.
Located in Resources / / Unity, mission, evangelism and spirituality / Just and inclusive communities
Document Biblical Reflection on Child Rights
This biblical reflection by Tiffany Tao and Ruthi Hoffman Hanchett (World Vision Child Development and Rights) examines child rights from a Christian perspective, using the Exodus story of God’s people in Egypt.
Located in Resources / / Public Witness / Rights of Children
Document Protecting Children, a biblical perspective on child rights, World Vision
World Vision is determined to bring a Christian response to the needs of children suffering exploitation, abuse, violence, and trauma.
Located in Resources / / Public Witness / Rights of Children
Document Bible study: Christ alone?
Bible study on Matthew 25: 31-46 by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit (WCC general secretary)
Located in Resources / / WCC general secretary / Sermons
Document Bible study at Kirchentag 2017
Referring to the biblical account of the encounter between Jesus and Zacchaeus, a repentant tax collector in Jericho (Luke 19:1-10), Olav Fykse Tveit notes that Zacchaeus found peace in joyfully welcoming but he was also ready to make up for the injustice of the past by rendering justice.
Located in Resources / / WCC general secretary / Sermons
Document Religious Leadership in Response to HIV
Speech by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit at a Summit of High Level Religious Leaders on Religious Leadership in Response to HIV.
Located in Resources / / WCC general secretary / Speeches