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Being Together Under the Cross in Africa
The Message of the WCC 8th Assembly
Being Together Under the Cross in Africa: The Assembly Message
The Assembly Message of the eighth assembly of the World Council of Churches, 3 - 14 December 1998.
Together on the Way: 2.4. Rejoice in Hope
The third meditation was given by Kosuke Koyama, recently retired professor of ecumenical studies at Union Theological Seminary in New York and a former missionary of the United Church of Christ in Japan. He addressed the second part of the assembly theme, reflecting on how we can rejoice in hope in the face of so much suffering and violence.
Together on the Way: 2.3. Metanoia
Wanda Deifelt, vice-rector and professor of systematic theology at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Sao Leopoldo, Brazil, and a member of the Evangelical Church of Lutheran Confession in Brazil, spoke about "metanoia" - "conversion" - naming the ways that Christians need to repent. Following her reflections selected delegates read, in different voices and in different languages, passages of scripture related to the "jubilee year" (Lev. 25:8-17, 39-43).
Together on the Way: 2.2. Anamnesis
Anastasios, Archbishop of Tirana, Durres and All Albania, explored the implications of "anamnesis" - "remembrance" - for the church and the world, lifting up the importance of anamnesis for the ecumenical movement. Delegates were given some silent time to reflect on his words before turning their attention to the second presentation.
Debt issue: a jubilee call
Foundations for the Special Commission
Excerpts from moderator's report to the eighth assembly
Excerpt from the report of the Policy Reference Committee I
Seventh report of the Joint Working Group
The report results from seven years' work by a dedicated group drawn from the World Council of Churches and the Roman Catholic Church. The character of the document is intentionally educational. The group believed that it would in this way best serve the interest of all who wish to know not only the Joint Working Group's agenda but the growing relationship of the WCC and the RCC within the broader perspective of the one ecumenical movement which the group has witnessed and in some measure assisted.
From solidarity to accountability
Letter to the WCC 8th Assembly from the women and men of the Decade Festival of the Churches in Solidarity with Women
Together on the Way: 5.6. Statement on the Status of Jerusalem
The statement was adopted with 15 opposing votes and 17 abstentions. During the discussion by assembly delegates, several comments and concerns were voiced: the statement did not draw sufficient attention to the Jewish roots of the Christian faith and to concern for the security of the state of Israel; this issue is of great concern to churches around the world and of particular concern to churches in the Middle East; rather than calling for Jerusalem to be "a shared city", the sovereignty of Jerusalem should be protected for Israelis and Palestinians; Palestinians should be given the right of repatriation.
Together on the Way: 5.2. The Debt Issue: A jubilee call to end the stranglehold of debt on impoverished peoples
(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.
The Orthodox churches, the WCC, and the upcoming assembly
Dalit Solidarity Peoples (DSP): the vision
Orthodox participation in the WCC
Orthodox liturgical renewal
Faith and Order on women's ordination
Thessaloniki statement