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Common Threads

Key Themes from Responses to The Church: Towards a Common Vision
Edited by:
Ellen Wondra
Stephanie Dietrich
Ani Ghazaryan Drissi

Faith and Order Paper No 233

Churches now agree more than they disagree on many characteristics of the Church and its faith, mission, and life: the responses to the convergence statement The Church: Towards a Common Vision make this clear. Within this growth in agreement, key themes come to the fore, calling for greater understanding, study, and common conversation: visible unity, communion, mission, the role of the people of God in ministry and decision-making, sin and the church, and more. 
This volume presents essays on sixteen of these key themes. Each essay was written by a member of the subgroup of the WCC Commission on Faith and Order that focused on reading and analyzing the responses. The essays were then discussed by the group and revised in light of the discussions. Some of the themes have been prominent since the 1982 convergence statement Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry. Others have emerged more recently. 

Together with the report What are the Churches Saying about the Church?, the essays illuminate the many ways in which the vision of unity has inspired and changed the churches, as well as critical areas where future work is needed.

Specs: 264 pages; 6.67 x 9.67"; paper and PDF; perfect; 4-colour cover
ISBN: 978-2-8254-1776-8
Shelving/Topics: Religion/Ecclesiology/Ecumenism
Rights: World, all languages
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Chapter 1: Visible Unity and Mutual Recognition, Susan Durber
Chapter 2: Communion and Koinonia, Ellen K. Wondra
Chapter 3: Apostolic Faith in Relation to the Historic Episcopate, Authority, and Primacy, Paul Meyendorff
Chapter 4: The Role and Authority of the Laity, Glenroy Lalor
Chapter 5: The Threefold Ministry, Paul Meyendorff
Chapter 6: The Relationship between the Local and Universal Church, Maria Munkholt Christensen
Chapter 7: Ecumenical Councils, Bishop Maxim (Vasiljevi´c)
Chapter 8: ‘Experience’ in the Life of the Church, Maria Munkholt Christensen
Chapter 9: Ecumenical Reception, Ellen K. Wondra
Chapter 10: The Church and Mission, Glenroy Lalor
Chapter 11: The Church: In and for the World, Stephanie Dietrich
Chapter 12: Sacraments and Sacramentality of the Church, Bishop Maxim (Vasiljevi´c)
Chapter 13: Legitimate Diversity, Andrzej Choromanski
Chapter 14: Authority, Susan Durber
Chapter 15: The Role of Women in the Church, Susan Durber
Chapter 16: The Theme of Sin in Relation to the Church as Such, Georgios D. Martzelos
What Are the Churches Saying about the Church? Key Findings and Proposals from the Responses to The Church: Towards a Common Vision