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Document Paul Löffler
Tribute Letter for Paul Löffler, German missiologist and ecumenical pioneer.
Located in Resources / / WCC general secretary / Tributes
Document (Previous stage) The Nature and Purpose of the Church: A stage on the way to a common statement
This text, from the Faith and Order study on Ecclesiology, was issued as Faith and Order Paper no. 181 in 1998. Now superseded by The Nature and Mission of the Church, Faith and Order Paper no. 198, issued in 2005, it is included here to enable comparison of these two texts.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / I. Unity: The Church and its mission
Document The Church: Towards a Common Vision
What can we say together about the Church of the Triune God in order to grow in communion, to struggle together for justice and peace in the world, and to overcome together our past and present divisions? The Church: Towards a Common Vision a remarkable answer to this question. Produced by theologians from the widest range of Christian traditions and cultures, The Church addresses first the Church’s mission, unity, and its being in the Trinitarian life of God. It then addresses our growth in communion – in apostolic faith, sacramental life, and ministry – as churches called to live in and for the world.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / I. Unity: The Church and its mission
Document The Nature and Mission of the Church - A Stage on the Way to a Common Statement
This extended text (about 18,000 words) was published in December 2005 and is the latest result from Faith and Order's study on Ecclesiology. It seeks to express common convictions about the church, its nature and mission, and to identify the ecclesiological issues which continue to divide the churches today. The text has been sent officially to the churches for evaluation and response; study groups and individuals are also invited to offer comments and reactions. This text replaces the previous study document The Nature and Purpose of the Church (Faith and Order Paper no. 181, issued in 1998).
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / I. Unity: The Church and its mission
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 Information release on the 7th International Consultation of United and Uniting Churches
This brief text gives general information on the united and uniting churches, their achievements and the special challenges which they face today, as well as background information on their 7th International Consultation.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / VII. United and uniting Churches
Document Message from the 7th International Consultation of United and Uniting Churches, Driebergen, The Netherlands, 2002
This text is the report from the most recent international consultation of united and uniting churches. Focusing on issues of unity, mission and identity, this text brings the unique perspective and experience of these churches into dialogue with the wider ecumenical movement.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / VII. United and uniting Churches
Document Consultation on faith, healing and mission (Ghana)
hosted by the Church of Pentecost, Ghana
Located in Resources / / WCC commissions and working groups / Mission and evangelism
Document Consultation on mission in secularized and postmodern contexts
"Believing without belonging? In search of new paradigms of church and mission in secularised and postmodern contexts"
Located in Resources / / WCC commissions and working groups / Mission and evangelism
Document Missiology Consultation, London
Report from a missiology consultation, 14 - 19 April 2002
Located in Resources / / WCC commissions and working groups / Mission and evangelism