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Document Message to the Participants in the Oslo Gathering of Religious Leaders
Located in Resources / / Regional concerns / Africa
Document Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders
Located in Resources / / United Nation relations / UN World summits
Document Report of the XLIII Meeting of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs
Located in Resources / / Commission of the Churches on International Affairs / Commission on International Affairs - Policy
Document By-laws of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA)*
Located in Resources / / Commission of the Churches on International Affairs / Commission on International Affairs - Policy
Document Orthodox contribution to New Delhi Assembly
Located in Resources / / Special Commission on participation of Orthodox churches / First plenary meeting documents (December 1999)
Document Yugoslavia's double tragedy
Located in Resources / / Regional concerns / Europe
Document Yugoslavia [Former] - Easter appeal for a cessation of armed conflicts
Located in Resources / / Regional concerns / Europe
Document India - Expression of solidarity with Christian leaders
Located in Resources / / Regional concerns / Asia
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 Now superseded by The Nature and Mission of the Church, Faith and Order Paper no. 198, issued in 2005, it is included here to enable comparison of these two texts.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 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