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Document Susan Durber presentation at Unity Plenary
WCC Central Committee Meeting, 24 June 2016 Unity Plenary, Rev. Dr. Susan Durber presentsation
Located in Resources / / WCC Central Committee / Trondheim, 2016
Document Called to Dialogue
Inter-religious and Intra-Christian Dialogue in Ecumenical Conversation - A Practical Guide.
Located in Resources / / WCC programmes / Interreligious dialogue and cooperation
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 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 One Baptism: Towards Mutual Recognition
One Baptism: Towards Mutual Recognition is an official study text of the Commission on Faith and Order. It is a further development and explication of the insights of Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry. It links questions of Christian initiation with ecclesiology, mutual recognition of baptism, and the basic bonds of Christian unity. The study text also deals with ongoing and more recent issues that prevent mutual recognition of baptism that impede the visible unity of the Church in one faith and in one eucharistic fellowship.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / II. Worship and Baptism
Document Indigenous Theologians Network in conversation with Faith and Order
Statement of Indigenous theologians from different parts of the world, who met in the city of La Paz, Bolivia, on networking with the Commission on Faith and Order and its various working areas.
Located in Resources / / Just and inclusive communities / Indigenous people
Document Sermon at the Closing Prayer
Sermon by Rev. Dr Susan Durber at the Opening Prayer of the Faith and Order Plenary Commission meeting, 13 October 2009, Crete, Greece.
Located in Resources / / X. Other documents from conferences and meetings / Faith and Order Plenary Commission meeting in Crete 2009
Document The Nature and Mission of the Church - Presentation by Rev. Prof. Viorel Ionita
The Porto Alegre statement «Called to be the One Church», with all the reactions from the churches to it, should be used to help Faith and Order Commission develop The Nature and Mission of the Church into a common statement, proposes the Very Rev. Prof. Dr Viorel Ionita in his contribution to the discussion on the future of the study "The Nature and Mission of the Church".
Located in Resources / / X. Other documents from conferences and meetings / Faith and Order Plenary Commission meeting in Crete 2009
Document The Nature and Mission of the Church - Presentation by Rev. Dr Paul Collins
The development of a method which explores the inter-play between different ways of constructing doctrine could be used to seek a resolution of Church-dividing issues, proposes Rev. Dr Paul Collins in his contribution to the discussion on the future of the study "The Nature and Mission of the Church".
Located in Resources / / X. Other documents from conferences and meetings / Faith and Order Plenary Commission meeting in Crete 2009