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Document Worship and background material for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015
Jointly prepared and published by the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015 is rooted in the experience of the churches in Brazil.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / XI. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Document Unity statement
This Unity Statement was adopted by the WCC 10th Assembly on 8 November 2013. It is based on a draft statement on Christian unity presented in 2012 to the WCC Central Committee.
Located in Resources / / Busan, 2013 / Adopted documents & statements
Document Being and Becoming Church: The Spirit-Filled Genesis
Bible study on Acts 2:1-13 by Hyunju Bae for the WCC Assembly, 5 November 2013: This text is often read from a mission perspective. How can we understand the Pentecost event from a unity perspective that can bring new insight, dynamism, and power to the ecumenical movement? The role of the Spirit in unity in diversity, as well as the relationship of Pentecost to justice and peace, are interesting to explore in today’s changing landscapes.
Located in Resources / / Busan, 2013 / Bible studies
Document 2014 Worship and background material
Brochure for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2014 jointly prepared and published by the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / XI. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Document Moral Discernment in the Churches
A Study Document: One of the major challenges in the 21st century is the division that exists between churches – and within churches – over moral issues, divisions that threaten the aim of Faith and Order for visible unity in one faith and one Eucharistic fellowship. This study text does not focus on moral questions per se, but rather on the discernment process. This is a necessary prerequisite for ecumenical dialogue about specific moral issues. To that end, this study identifies sources that churches use for moral discernment (cf. §§ 30-48) and articulates some of the causative factors of the disagreements within and between churches over moral issues as a prolegomenon to ecumenical dialogue that seeks unity.
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 Reflections on WCC 10th Assembly theme
Reflections of the theologians and activists representing the Just and Inclusive Communities Working Group – including the five areas Dalit Solidarity, Global Ecumenical Network on Migration (GEM), Ecumenical Disabilities Advocacy Network (EDAN), Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples, and Churches Overcoming racism, who met in Toronto, Canada, between 24-29 November 2012 under the theme: On the Way to Busan: Contributions from the Just and Inclusive Communities programme to the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in 2013.
Located in Resources / / Unity, mission, evangelism and spirituality / Just and inclusive communities
Document The Unity We Seek: Reflections on Ecumenism Today, 13 October 2012
The Unity We Seek: Reflections on Ecumenism Today. by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary, Aberystwyth, Wales, U.K. – Saturday 13 October 2012
Located in Resources / / WCC general secretary / Speeches
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 2013 Worship and background material
Annual brochure for the Week of prayer for Christian unity jointly prepared and published by the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / XI. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity