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Document Religious plurality and Christian self-understanding
"Religious plurality and Christian self-understanding" : The question of the theological approach to religious plurality had been on the agenda of the WCC many times, reaching a certain consensus in 1989 and 1990.1 In recent years, it was felt that this difficult and controversial issue needed to be revisited. The present document is the result of a study process in response to suggestions made in 2002 at the WCC central committee to the three staff teams on Faith and Order, Inter-religious Relations, and Mission and Evangelism, and their respective commissions or advisory bodies.
Located in Resources / / Porto Alegre, 2006 / 3. Preparatory and background documents
Document Participating in God's Mission of Reconciliation - A Resource for Churches in Situations of Conflict
This text (Faith and Order Paper no. 201) results from the study on Ethnic Identity, National Identity, and the Search for the Unity of the Church done by Faith and Order with the collaboration of the WCC's Justice, Peace and Creation team. It offers resources for churches in situations of tension or conflict, especially where ethnic and national tensions are major factors, and suggests how Christian unity can further the churches' witness for reconciliation and justice.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / VI. Church and World: Unity and the life of the Church in the World
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 Celebrations of the Eucharist in Ecumenical Contexts - A Proposal
In this unofficial text a number of liturgists, theologians and pastors propose, on their own initiative and responsibility, guidelines for those engaged in planning eucharistic worship to be held in an ecumenical context. The text was produced by a working group at a consultation held by Faith and Order and the Ecumenical Institute, Bossey to reflect on the churches' 10 years experience in using the unofficial "Lima Liturgy".
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / II. Worship and Baptism
Document Realizing mutuality and interdependence in a world of diverse identities
A group of 20 theologians and peace activists from regions which have come to be known for violent conflict arising from the aggressive assertion of identities - Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Philippines, DR Congo, Nigeria, Middle East, Eastern Europe - participated in this consultation in June 2005. They attempted to identify the problems in, and prospects for, realizing mutuality and interdependence in contexts of diverse identities in an effort to challenge the churches to consider this as a contribution to the wider movement for peace during the Decade Overcome Violence.
Located in Resources / / X. Other documents from conferences and meetings / Theological reflection on peace
Document Affirming human dignity, rights of peoples and the integrity of creation - Rwanda, 2004
As part of the WCC's work on the Decade , this theological consultation, organized by WCC Faith and Order in Kigali, Rwanda (4-9 December 2004), was an attempt to discern what human dignity, rights of peoples and the integrity of creation mean for churches and the ecumenical movement as they attempt to counter the reality of massive abuse and destruction of life and its legitimization in the world today. It was also an attempt to do theology informed by the perspectives and experiences of the victims of violence.
Located in Resources / / X. Other documents from conferences and meetings / Theological reflection on peace
Document INF 4 Hearings
Located in Resources / / Geneva, 2005 / Reports and Documents
Document Christian Perspectives on Theological Anthropology
This text, resulting from the Faith and Order study on Theological Anthropology, explores contemporary challenges to the traditional understanding of humanity as "made in the image of God". It concludes with 10 Common Affirmations as a basis for the churches common reflection - and action - wherever human value and dignity is challenged.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / V. Theological anthropology
Document Message to the churches
Meeting of the Faith and Order Plenary Commission, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2004
Located in Resources / / X. Other documents from conferences and meetings / Plenary Commission Meeting, Kuala Lumpur 2004
Document Message from the Younger Theologians
Meeting of the Faith and Order Plenary Commission, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2004
Located in Resources / / X. Other documents from conferences and meetings / Plenary Commission Meeting, Kuala Lumpur 2004