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Document So We Believe, So We Pray: Towards Koinonia in Worship (The Ditchingham Letter and Report)
The "Letter to the Churches" and report from the first consultation (held at Ditchingham, England) in Faith and Order's current study programme on worship in relation to Christian unity. Drawing on the resources of the liturgical renewal movement, and produced together with leading liturgists, this text focuses on the common structure of Christian worship, on issues of inculturation in worship, and on how, through worship, churches are already expressing their unity in Christ.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / II. Worship and Baptism
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 International Dialogues in Dialogue: Context and Reception. Tenth Forum on Bilateral Dialogues, 2012
Meeting for the first time outside Europe, the tenth Forum on Bilateral Dialogues met in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in March 2012. Following the recommendations on the reception of ecumenical texts from the ninth forum, the meeting in Dar Es Salaam gave special attention to the reception of the achievements of the bilateral dialogues in the Global South. Its recommendations urge the international theological dialogues to be more intentional about questions of membership, methodology, and theological questions about Christian unity that emerge from the variety of contexts in the South.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / VIII. Forums on bilateral dialogues
Document Many ways to Christian unity? The Ninth Forum on Bilateral Dialogues, 2008
Bilateral dialogues are official talks between two Christian churches or families of churches (often known as Christian World Communions, CWCs). They aim at overcoming inherited divergences often related to doctrine and church order, so that the two partners in dialogue may move to declaring that they are in fellowship. The proliferation of bilateral dialogues as from the 1960s has led to the creation of the Forum on Bilateral Dialogues. The Forum provides space and time for CWCs engaged in bilateral dialogues to exchange information, consult together on emerging issues and trends and reflect on the coherence and integrity of the dialogues. The ninth such forum was held in Breklum, Germany, 10-15 March 2008.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / VIII. Forums on bilateral dialogues
Document 2002 Worship
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / XI. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Document 2003 Worship and background material for the Week of Prayer
The initial draft of this text was produced by an ecumenical group of biblical scholars, priests, pastors and lay persons in Argentina.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / XI. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Document 05 Worship
Located in Resources / / XI. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity / 2005
Document New Valamo Meeting
Located in Resources / / Special Commission on participation of Orthodox churches / First plenary meeting documents (December 1999)
Document Africa praying
This resource book is designed for all who have to handle situations created by this relatively new epidemic - church leaders/workers, Sunday school teachers, youth leaders, the laity.
Located in Resources / / EHAIA / Liturgical material
Document The eucharistic liturgy of Lima
The Lima Liturgy is a Eucharistic (Holy Communion) service expressing, in one possible liturgical form, the ecclesiological convergence on the eucharist reached in the Faith and Order text Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry (BEM). It is so named because it was first used at the Faith and Order Plenary Commission meeting in Lima, Peru in 1982 - the meeting which approved BEM for transmission to the churches for official response.
Located in Resources / / Unity, mission, evangelism and spirituality / Spirituality and worship