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Document A Cloud of Witnesses: message to the churches from a symposium in Bose
Located in Resources / / Unity, mission, evangelism and spirituality / Visible unity
Document Action Guide: Churches' Week of Action on Food
A 6-page guide for the week with a page you can modify to add specific actions or resources for your region or context.
Located in Resources / / Diakonia / EAA
Document Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry (Faith and Order Paper no. 111, the "Lima Text")
This famous text, adopted by Faith and Order at its plenary commission meeting in Lima, Peru in 1982, explores the growing agreement - and remaining differences - in fundamental areas of the churches' faith and life. The most widely-distributed and studied ecumenical document, BEM has been a basis for many "mutual recognition" agreements among churches and remains a reference today.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / I. Unity: The Church and its mission
Document Call for common witness in Eastern Europe
issued by the participants of the School for Mission
Located in Resources / / Unity, mission, evangelism and spirituality / Visible unity
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 Costly Commitment
This text is the fruit of the joint study programme on Ecclesiology and Ethics conducted by Faith and Order and the WCC's Justice, Peace and Creation team. The results of meetings in Rønde, Denmark; Jerusalem, Israel; and Johannesburg, South Africa, they explore how the churches are called to be a community of ethical reflection - and engagement - in today's world.
Located in Resources / / VI. Church and World: Unity and the life of the Church in the World / Ecclesiology and Ethics
Document Costly Obedience
This text is the fruit of the joint study programme on Ecclesiology and Ethics conducted by Faith and Order and the WCC's Justice, Peace and Creation team. The results of meetings in Rønde, Denmark; Jerusalem, Israel; and Johannesburg, South Africa, they explore how the churches are called to be a community of ethical reflection - and engagement - in today's world.
Located in Resources / / VI. Church and World: Unity and the life of the Church in the World / Ecclesiology and Ethics
Document Costly Unity
This text is the fruit of the joint study programme on Ecclesiology and Ethics conducted by Faith and Order and the WCC's Justice, Peace and Creation team. The results of meetings in Rønde, Denmark; Jerusalem, Israel; and Johannesburg, South Africa, they explore how the churches are called to be a community of ethical reflection - and engagement - in today's world.
Located in Resources / / VI. Church and World: Unity and the life of the Church in the World / Ecclesiology and Ethics
Document Ecumenical Considerations on Jewish-Christian Dialogue
In 1975 the Consultation on the Church and the Jewish People (CCJP) voted to begin the process that has borne fruit in these Ecumenical Considerations on Jewish-Christian dialogue. The first step was to request preparatory papers from the various regions with experience in Jewish-Christian dialogue. When the Central Committee adopted "Guidelines on Dialogue" in 1979, work on developing specific suggestions for Jewish-Christian dialogue began and, after a period of drafting and revisions, a draft was presented for comments to the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC), the CCJP's primary Jewish dialogue partner. After discussion in the DFI Working Group in 1980, a revised draft was circulated among interested persons in the churches and comments solicited. Many and substantial comments and suggestions were received. When it met in London Colney, England, in June 1981, the CCJP adopted its final revisions and submitted them to the DFI Working Group, which adopted them at its meeting in Bali, Indonesia, 2 January 1982, having made its own revisions at a few points. On the advice of the February 1982 WCC Executive Committee, various concerned member churches and various members of the CCJP were further consulted in order to revise and re-order the text. The result, "Ecumenical Considerations on Jewish-Christian Dialogue", was "received and commended to the churches for study and action" by the Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches at Geneva on 16 July 1982.
Located in Resources / / Interreligious dialogue and cooperation / Interreligious trust and respect
Document Interrogating and Redefining Power - A theological consultation
If violence is an exercise of power over the powerless or a retaliation to such, what makes power prone to abuse? Why do people not only fear but also aspire for sources of violent power? Why do some religious traditions view violence as a divine attribute? How is power understood and exercised within our churches? What biblical and theological resources do we have to offer in the search for responsible new ways of understanding and exercising power? Interrogating and redefining power is crucial to our attempts to overcome violence.
Located in Resources / / X. Other documents from conferences and meetings / Theological reflection on peace