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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 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 Genesis 12:1–9 “Pilgrimage onto already-settled land”, by Jione Havea
Abram’s journey in Genesis 12 as a response to God’s guidance becomes a pilgrimage of blessings. The unnamed destination of his pilgrimage is encountering people and their land. Abram will become a a kind of “platform” of blessings among other peoples and nations, rather than an exemplar of the exercise of power and control over those peoples and their land. As God commissioned Abram to go forth as a source of blessings, God calls us to go in the pilgrimage of blessings.
Located in Resources / Documents / WCC programmes
Document Ruth 1:1–22 "Pilgrimage as Solidarity", by Yolanda Pantou
The migration of Ruth to Bethlehem can be understood as a kind of pilgrimage because she chose to immigrate as a form of solidarity with her mother-in-law, Naomi. Her journey of migration changes Ruth’s beliefs, values, and path of life. The text speaks about two stories of immigration—the first one is caused by scarcity of basic provisions, and the second one is propelled by solidarity. We can see similarities between pilgrimage and immigration. There are shared elements of journey, importance, unpredictability, encounters, conversion, solidarity, openness, closeness, and divine providence. The story of Ruth and Naomi provides a biblical understanding of pilgrimage of justice and peace in relation to immigration.
Located in Resources / Documents / WCC programmes
Document Bible study on reconciliation among religions
Bible Study by the Right Reverend Duleep de Chickera, Bishop of Colombo, Sri Lanka, for the WCC Central Committee, which met from 26 August to 2 September 2009 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Located in Resources / / WCC Central Committee / Geneva, 2009
Document Bible study on reconciliatory leadership
Bible Study by the Right Reverend Duleep de Chickera, Bishop of Colombo, Sri Lanka, for the WCC Central Committee, which met from 26 August to 2 September 2009 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Located in Resources / / WCC Central Committee / Geneva, 2009
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