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News archive for 2011

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Archdeacon Bruce Myers has been appointed coordinator for ecumenical relations with the Anglican Church of Canada's Faith, Worship and Ministry department

New coordinator for Anglican ecumenical relations

 — December 13, 201113 déc. 2011

As of Jan. 2, the Anglican Church of Canada will have a dedicated new advocate for ecumenism.

Archdeacon Bruce Myers, missioner of communications in the diocese of Quebec, will assume a one-year, part-time position as coordinator for ecumenical relations with the Faith, Worship and Ministry department of General Synod.

“I’ve always had a passion for ecumenism even if I didn’t always call it that,” says Myers, who is manager of the Quebec diocese’s website and editor of its newspaper, Gazette. “Early on, I recognized that it was not right that the body of Christ was divided into so many pieces.”

Myers, who holds a master’s degree in ecumenical theology from the The Ecumenical Institute of Bossey in Switzerland, now brings that passion to healing the divisions in Christendom, so much of which was united as one church for 15 centuries. “I think ordinary Christians of every denomination are questioning whether the differences are all that important when we share so much in common,” he says. “The overarching ecumenical task is how to mend those broken fences and relations.”
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Posted: Dec. 13, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1829
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: Alyson Barnett-Cowan, Anglican, Canada, Christian unity, ecumenism
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Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : Alyson Barnett-Cowan, Anglican, Canada, Christian unity, ecumenism

Participants of the WCC consultation on freedom of religion in Istanbul

Equal rights for all the measure for assessing freedom of religion

 — December 6, 20116 déc. 2011

An international study process developed by the World Council of Churches (WCC) is preparing a report on freedom of religion as a fundamental human right for all.

The fundamental rights of freedom of religion or belief are often violated by both governments and individuals, acting either on their own behalf or as members of majority groups. Despite significant initiatives taken by states and the international community, religious minorities in several parts of the world are becoming the targets of discrimination, acts of violence or hostility and persecution because of their religion.

The extent to which freedom of religion or belief can be considered as an absolute right in pluralistic societies, as well as its relation to various aspects of human rights, was the centre of discussion among experts who participated at an international consultation organized by the WCC’s Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA).
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Posted: Dec. 6, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1827
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: human rights, religious freedom, WCC
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : human rights, religious freedom, WCC

Vatican II treasure hunt: Committee seeks bishops’ notes, diaries

 — December 4, 20114 déc. 2011

With a view toward the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, a pontifical committee has launched a worldwide treasure hunt.

Many of the more than 2,800 cardinals and bishops who participated in all or part of the 1962-65 council kept diaries, or at least notes; some wrote articles for their diocesan newspapers and most — in the days before emails and relatively cheap trans-Atlantic phone calls — wrote letters home.

The Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences is asking church archivists, and even the family members of deceased council fathers, to look through their papers to find reflections that can add a personal touch to the historical research already conducted on the official acts of the council.
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Posted: Dec. 4, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7009
Categories: CNSIn this article: Second Vatican Council
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Catégorie : CNSDans cet article : Second Vatican Council

Working to be One

 — December 1, 20111 déc. 2011

In the first century, when the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian Christians about the Church as “one body with many members,” he had no idea of the differences and divisions that would come to fragment the Church so many centuries later. Paul wrote to address the particular concerns that were plaguing the early Christian communities. He pointed out that “there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.”

It’s not difficult for us to apply the metaphor of the Church as the body to our congregations. We recognize the different gifts that are shared within our church communities – preaching, teaching, administration, music, hospitality, prayer, evangelism, and more – and we learn to value the different gifts and to acknowledge their importance for the healthy functioning of the church as a whole, as one body.

But what if this metaphor is meant to apply not only to the local congregation, but to the whole Church throughout the world? John’s Gospel indicates that it was Jesus himself who first prayed for the unity of the Church: “I ask … on behalf of those who will believe in me … that they may all be one … so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:20-21)
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Posted: Dec. 1, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2187
Categories: OpinionIn this article: Christian unity, ecumenism, Presbyterian Church in Canada
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Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : Christian unity, ecumenism, Presbyterian Church in Canada

Participants from Canadian churches responding to the document Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Guidelines for Conduct

Canadian churches reflect on identity in a multi-religious world

 — November 28, 201128 nov. 2011

Churches in Canada addressed challenging questions, with a strong interfaith perspective, while responding to the document “Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Guidelines for Conduct” in an event held at the University of Toronto on 22 November.

The document “Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Guidelines for Conduct” was launched by the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the World Evangelical Alliance in June. It was commended to the churches for reflections in their own particular contexts.
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Posted: Nov. 28, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1825
Categories: NewsIn this article: Canada, Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue, evangelism/evangelization, interfaith, multifaith, proselytism, WCC, World Evangelical Alliance
Transmis : 28 nov. 2011 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=1825
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Canada, Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue, evangelism/evangelization, interfaith, multifaith, proselytism, WCC, World Evangelical Alliance

Rabbi Roy Tanenbaum of the Canadian Yeshiva & Rabbinical School

Coming of age for Canadian Jews: Jewish seminary set to open in Catholic institution

 — November 25, 201125 nov. 2011

The first mainstream Jewish seminary in Canada “will be an important part of Judaism’s future in this country,” says Rabbi Roy Tanenbaum of the Canadian Yeshiva & Rabbinical School

Rabbi Roy Tanenbaum marvels at the idea that the first mainstream Jewish seminary in Canada will be housed inside a Catholic school of theology and be part of seven Christian schools that comprise the Toronto School of Theology.

“I have never heard of a situation like this in the world in which a Jewish seminary is among Christian theological schools and seminaries,” said Rabbi Tanenbaum, president of the recently founded Canadian Yeshiva & Rabbinical School.

“The creation of this school really marks the coming of age for Canada’s Jewish community. It’s a sign of our maturity and will be an important part of Judaism’s future in this country.”
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Posted: Nov. 25, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1828
Categories: NewsIn this article: Judaism
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Judaism

The 2011 gathering of religious leaders in Assisi

What Assisi Has Lost: A report from the meeting of religious leaders

 — November 14, 201114 nov. 2011

Of all the challenges faced by the Vatican in organizing the 25th anniversary of the historic interreligious gathering in Assisi in 1986, the hardest was how to make it newsworthy. The 176 delegates–representing, said the Vatican, “not only the world’s religions, but all people of good will, everyone seeking the truth”–whom Pope Benedict XVI led by train from Rome to the town of St Francis were comprehensive in their diversity. But if the Christian delegations on October 27 included the top men–Pope Benedict himself, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew I–the delegates from Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and others included no obvious celebrities, or even organizations whose presence might have raised an eyebrow. Even the inclusion of four non-believers failed to create a stir, for it was not Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchens standing with the pope but little-known academic philosophers.
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Posted: Nov. 14, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1821
Categories: OpinionIn this article: Assisi, interfaith
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Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : Assisi, interfaith

Janice Sanford Beck, chair of Good Food Junction, and Ralph Winterhalt, Station 20 West project manager provided church leaders with an update about the projects

Church leaders plan another Advent campaign to support Good Food Junction

 — November 12, 201112 nov. 2011

A number of church leaders gathered for an early morning meeting Oct. 12 at St. George Anglican parish in Saskatoon, to receive an update about Station 20West and discuss plans for another ecumenical Advent campaign in support of Good Food Junction Cooperative Grocery Store.

Good Food Junction continues to work to raise funds to equip and stock the cooperative grocery store, which is one part of Station 20 West, now under construction in the city’s core neighbourhood. During an Advent campaign undertaken by a number of Christian churches in Saskatoon last year, some $150,000 was raised for the project.

An estimated $350,000 to $400,000 is still needed to equip and stock the grocery store, permitting it to open without debt, something that the business plan deems necessary to ensure the Good Food Junction’s ongoing viability, said Ralph Winterhalt, the cooperative grocery store’s business development manager. “If that grocery store can open without debt for equipment, and has its inventory paid for, it’s going to be a very successful project in the core neighbourhoods.”
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Posted: Nov. 12, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1824
Categories: NewsIn this article: poverty, Saskatoon
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : poverty, Saskatoon

Baptists, Orthodox consider formal dialogue

 — November 11, 201111 nov. 2011

Teams from the Baptist World Alliance and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople held exploratory talks Oct. 30-Nov. 2 that could lead to formal dialogue between Baptist and Orthodox Christians internationally.
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Posted: Nov. 11, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1823
Categories: NewsIn this article: Baptist, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Orthodox
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Baptist, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Orthodox

Anglican-Old Catholic International Co-ordinating Council

Communiqué: Anglican-Old Catholic International Co-ordinating Council

 — November 11, 201111 nov. 2011

The Anglican-Old Catholic International Co-ordinating Council (AOCICC) met in York, England from 4 to 8 November 2011.

In its most important piece of work the Council finalized the text of a joint statement on ecclesiology and mission “Belonging Together in Europe.” An earlier version of the text was the major focus of the International Old Catholic and Anglican Theological Conference held in Neustadt, Germany from August 29 to September 2, 2011.
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Posted: Nov. 11, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1822
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican, Old Catholic
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican, Old Catholic

Vatican’s top ecumenist Cardinal Koch assesses progress, prospects

 — November 9, 20119 nov. 2011

A top Vatican ecumenist said different types of divisions affect Catholic relations with the Orthodox churches and with those that were born from the Protestant Reformation, but both can be resolved with dialogue.

He also criticized the “anti-Catholic attitude” displayed by some Pentecostals and said Catholics must resist a temptation to adopt the “sometimes problematic evangelical methods” of those churches.

Cardinal Kurt Koch, the Swiss-born president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, spoke at The Catholic University of America Nov. 3. The title of his talk was “Fundamental Aspects of Ecumenism and Future Perspectives.”
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Posted: Nov. 9, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6975
Categories: CNSIn this article: Catholic, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, ecumenism, Kurt Koch
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Catégorie : CNSDans cet article : Catholic, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, ecumenism, Kurt Koch

Communiqué: Joint Working Group between RCC and WCC

 — November 5, 20115 nov. 2011

The island of Malta located in the Mediterranean Sea between Italy and the shores of Tunisia and Libya was the setting for the last plenary meeting of the Joint Working Group between the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) and the World Council of Churches (WCC) before the forthcoming WCC assembly in 2013 in Busan (Korea). Malta has been at the crossroads of Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East throughout its history. According to Acts 28, the Apostle Paul stayed three months on the island following his shipwreck on the way to Rome. While a prisoner, he established the Church in Malta that remains faithful to its apostolic origins until today. Meeting in Rome and Damascus before, the members of the JWG were again reminded of the breadth of St. Paul’s missionary vision of the church and community in Christ. Our deliberations were guided by the words of St. Paul to “receive one another just as Christ has received you, for the glory of God” (Rom 15:7).
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Posted: Nov. 5, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1830
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Catholic, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, ecumenism, WCC
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Catholic, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, ecumenism, WCC

Rowan Williams: Time for us to challenge the idols of high finance

 — November 1, 20111 nov. 2011

It’s sometimes been said in recent years that the Church of England is still used by British society as a sort of stage on which to conduct by proxy the arguments that society itself doesn’t know how to handle. It certainly helps to explain the obsessional interest in what the Church has to say about issues of sex and gender. It may help to explain just what has been going on around St Paul’s Cathedral in the last couple of weeks.
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Posted: Nov. 1, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1818
Categories: News, OpinionIn this article: Anglican, economic ethics, Rowan Williams
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Catégorie : News, OpinionDans cet article : Anglican, economic ethics, Rowan Williams

US Episcopal Church rejects Anglican Covenant

 — October 28, 201128 oct. 2011

The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council has rejected the Anglican Covenant. On 24 Oct 2011 the council unanimously endorsed a resolution recommending the General Convention – the governing body of the Episcopal Church – not endorse the covenant as it now stands. The Anglican Covenant was a political and theological threat that would alter the American church’s power base and undo the advances made by the church’s liberal wing in recent years.
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Posted: Oct. 28, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1817
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican

Pope Benedict XVI and other religious leaders gathered in Assisi

Churches seek peace and justice through dialogue in Assisi

 — October 27, 201127 oct. 2011

At an interfaith gathering in Assisi, called by Pope Benedict XVI, the general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said, “The cross is not for crusades but a sign of God’s love embracing everybody.” He praised the role of “young change makers” in pursuit of peace and called faith leaders to engage in dialogue by addressing conflicts and accepting “the other.”
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Posted: Oct. 27, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1819
Categories: WCC News
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Catégorie : WCC News

Canadian Council of Churches / Conseil canadien des églises
Conseil canadien des églises / Canadian Council of Churches

Can Faith Communities Change the Climate?

 — October 25, 201125 oct. 2011

Faith communities throughout Canada believe they have a moral responsibility to address global warming. As a result, religious leaders have prepared a Canadian Interfaith Call for Leadership and Action on Climate Change. This is among the first times that such a broad interfaith effort at a faith leaders’ letter has been undertaken in Canada.
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Posted: Oct. 25, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1820
Categories: Documents, NewsIn this article: Canadian Council of Churches, climate change, ecology, environment
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Catégorie : Documents, NewsDans cet article : Canadian Council of Churches, climate change, ecology, environment

Research centre to mine insights of Vatican II

 — October 13, 201113 oct. 2011

A new research centre at Ottawa’s Saint Paul University will study the contribution Canadians made to Vatican II as well as how the Council has shaped religious communities here.

A year before the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the Research Centre for Vatican II and 21st Century Catholicism launched Oct. 13. It will examine ecumenism and interreligious dialogue in contemporary society and look at issues of progress and decline in the Catholic community.

“I hope we find a way to help contemporary young Catholics, other Christians and non-Christians to understand the commitment and the opening of the Catholic Church to the world, to contemporary society and to contemporary issues,” said Saint Paul theology professor Catherine Clifford, one of Centre’s co-founders, in an interview.
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Posted: Oct. 13, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6971
Categories: NewsIn this article: Canada, Catholic, research centre, Second Vatican Council
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Canada, Catholic, research centre, Second Vatican Council

Anglican-Lutheran International Commission, <i>To Love and Serve the Lord. A Report on Diakonia</i>

Church Ministries That Are Transforming Anglican-Lutheran Relations

 — October 12, 201112 oct. 2011

To Love and Serve the Lord is the title of a new report published in October by the Anglican-Lutheran International Commission (ALIC) on diakonia (church social service work). Jointly produced by The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Anglican Communion for the third phase of their bilateral dialogue – ALIC III – the publication offers a diverse array of stories about church ministries that are transforming relations between churches in both communions.

The ALIC III co-chairpersons Lutheran Bishop Dr Thomas Nyiwe (Cameroon) and Anglican Archbishop Bishop Fred Hiltz (Canada) point out that the concluding report of the 2006-2011 dialogue period was intended to highlight what both partners had learned from their growing experience and therefore focus on “why growth in relations between Anglican and Lutheran churches is possible.”
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Posted: Oct. 12, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2252
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican, ecumenism, Lutheran
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican, ecumenism, Lutheran

Pope ‘rehabilitated Luther’ during visit to eastern Germany

 — October 8, 20118 oct. 2011

Jonathan Luxmoore and Christa Pongratz-Lippitt, The Tablet The head of the German Church’s Ecumenical Commission has said that he believes the Pope “rehabilitated” the reformer, Martin Luther, during his visit to the country last month, write Jonathan Luxmoore and Christa Pongratz-Lippitt. Speaking on 23 September to the council of the Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland, in
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Posted: Oct. 8, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6746
Categories: TabletIn this article: Benedict XVI, Catholic, ecumenism, Lutheran, Martin Luther
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Catégorie : TabletDans cet article : Benedict XVI, Catholic, ecumenism, Lutheran, Martin Luther

Prairie Centre for Ecumenism’s grant grows

 — October 8, 20118 oct. 2011

The Rev. Eric Dyck, chaplain-general of the Canadian Priory of the Order of Saint Lazarus was in Saskatoon recently to confirm a financial grant the order is giving to the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism’s Ecumenical Shared Ministries Bureau. The Order of St. Lazarus, or, more correctly, the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of
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Posted: Oct. 8, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6026
Categories: NewsIn this article: Prairie Centre for Ecumenism
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Prairie Centre for Ecumenism

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