Archive for 1999

Archive pour 1999

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Methodists plan ‘conversation’ with Holiness churches

by United Methodist News Service United Methodists will meet in conversation with representatives of some churches within the Wesleyan Holiness tradition Feb. 18-20 in Dallas. Organized by the United Methodist Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns, the meeting will take place on the Perkins School of Theology campus and at Highland Park United Methodist
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Posted: January 8, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4940
Categories: UMC NewsIn this article: dialogue, Holiness churches, Methodist
Transmis : 8 janvier 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4940
Catégorie : UMC NewsDans cet article : dialogue, Holiness churches, Methodist


ARCIC II issues statement on authority

[ACNS 1843] At a press briefing in Westminster Abbey, London, today, the co-chairmen of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC), the Rt Revd Mark Santer (Anglican) and the Rt Revd Cormac Murphy-O’Connor (Roman Catholic), launched the document “The Gift of Authority“, the latest in study documents issued by 18 members of the Commission. This
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Posted: January 12, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=3
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican, ARCIC, Catholic, dialogue
Transmis : 12 janvier 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=3
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican, ARCIC, Catholic, dialogue


World Council of Churches veteran reflects on two decades

by United Methodist News Service As the World Council of Churches heads into a new millennium, it does so with a little less Love than it has had for the last two decades. For Jan Love, the WCC‘s December meeting in Zimbabwe marked the end of 23 years of heavy involvement in the ecumenical organization.
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Posted: January 29, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4942
Categories: UMC NewsIn this article: WCC
Transmis : 29 janvier 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4942
Catégorie : UMC NewsDans cet article : WCC


True and false Madonnas

In 1954, four years after the solemn definition of the doctrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven, Pope Pius XII declared a Marian Year. With greater or lesser enthusiasm, Catholic Europe responded, and in my home town, on the east coast of Ireland, the response took spectacular form. The women were invited to donate jewellery, the men money, towards the creation of a solid-gold crown for the statue of the Blessed Virgin in our parish church. It was a poor community, yet the response to the appeal for the Virgin’s crown was remarkable, many of the women even donating their wedding rings. The statue, an insipid, life-sized plaster replica of Our Lady of Lourdes, white-robed, blue-sashed, smallbusted, neither a recognisably maternal nor even a very convincingly human image, was duly decorated with a crown which would have paid several times over for any one of the houses in which most of the donors lived.
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Posted: February 6, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6691
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Catholic, doctrine, Mary
Transmis : 6 février 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6691
Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : Catholic, doctrine, Mary


Opposition to Lutheran-Episcopal Proposal Organizing

MAHTOMEDI, Minn. (ELCA) — While expressing support for a relationship of “full communion” between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Episcopal Church, almost 200 Lutherans gathered here at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church and resolved that the current Lutheran proposal, “Called to Common Mission,” is not the way to accomplish it. Speakers addressed
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Posted: February 12, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4684
Categories: ELCA News
Transmis : 12 février 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4684
Catégorie : ELCA News


Anglicans Join the Rome Millennium Preparations with New Centre

by J M Rosenthal, Anglican Communion News Service [ROME] While the Roman Catholic Church and Rome itself have been busy with massive campaigns of refurbishment of their great shrines, including St Peters, so too has the Anglican Centre in Rome been totally transformed. Fund-raising and awareness building programmes have been a huge success and the
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Posted: February 17, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4974
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Anglican Centre in Rome
Transmis : 17 février 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4974
Catégorie : ACNSDans cet article : Anglican Centre in Rome


Lutheran-Orthodox Dialogue Issues ‘Common Statement’

[CHICAGO | ELCA News] Talks between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas have arrived at “A Lutheran-Orthodox Common Statement on Faith in the Holy Trinity.” The 13-paragraph communique explains the emphasis of both traditions on the Nicene Creed and draws attention to a
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Posted: February 19, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4980
Categories: Communiqué, ELCA NewsIn this article: dialogue, Lutheran, Orthodox
Transmis : 19 février 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4980
Catégorie : Communiqué, ELCA NewsDans cet article : dialogue, Lutheran, Orthodox


Keeping Company: Evangelicals and Catholics Walk and Talk Together

Protestants and Catholics are working together more and more these days in Canada. Each believes it is the best expression of Christian faith, and each has often condemned the other’s teachings. Now some are trying to move beyond these criticisms and to forge limited new forms of cooperation, according to a series of articles in the May/June issue of Faith Today.

Gary Walsh, president of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC), visited the offices of the Catholic Bishops in Ottawa and found himself “thanking the Lord for the things we share in common.” Despite doctrinal differences between the two organizations, EFC is having regular contact and working closely with Catholics on public policy issues such as abortion, family life and euthanasia, according to the lead article by Harold Jantz, a consultant and project manager of church-related projects in Winnipeg.

Sr. Donna Geernaert, who speaks for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in Ottawa, observes that not only have Catholics and the EFC joined with one another for presentations to government, they’ve also coordinated their efforts so they could prepare complementary briefs.

George Vandervelde of Toronto, convener of the World Evangelical Fellowship‘s task force on ecumenical issues, believes that dialogue between evangelicals and Catholics is important “simply to understand one another and clarify how we are different and how we are similar.” He says we shouldn’t be bearing false witness against each other. “If in evangelicalism we say this or that against Roman Catholicism, we should know that we are speaking truth, and you can find that out only by speaking to one another.”
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Posted: May 1, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4
Categories: Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue, NewsIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, ecumenism, Evangelicals
Transmis : 1 mai 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4
Catégorie : Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue, NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, ecumenism, Evangelicals


When women were deacons

So women deacons in the early Church had no part in the sacramental ministry, according to Cardinal Dario Castrillón Hoyos (The Tablet, 3/10 April, p. 500). His statement must have made the thousands of women deacons who faithfully served the Church in the past turn in their graves. For they were formidable women, if we are to go by the 28 tombstones on which some of them are commemorated. One was Athanasia in Delphi in the fifth century AD, who was ordained by Bishop Pantamianos. The stone carries a curse: May anyone who disturbs the tomb in which this honoured and blameless deaconess lies buried, receive the fate of Judas who betrayed our Lord Jesus Christ.

Fifty years ago, church historians and theologians alike routinely dismissed the women’s diaconate as obviously a historical sop to women, a blessing of some sort or just a minor order, for the simple reason that a sacramental ordination of women seemed a priori excluded. But the historical facts are becoming clearer by the day, and this position is now untenable.

From the outset we should realise what is at stake. If, as the records show, women were for many centuries admitted to the full diaconate which is now only imparted to men, then they did receive the sacrament of holy orders. For this sacrament has three levels: episcopacy, priesthood and diaconate. Anyone who receives any of the three is consecrated to the ministerial priesthood, as the Council of Trent defined it.

But were women ordained as real deacons — into a sacramental diaconate tied theologically to the Holy Spirit, to borrow Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos’s words?
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Posted: May 8, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6627
Categories: The Tablet
Transmis : 8 mai 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6627
Catégorie : The Tablet


Lutheran Ecumenism a Focus of Christian Unity Workshop

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (ELCA) — Many of the speakers here May 3-6 for the 36th annual National Workshop on Christian Unity discussed various ecumenical relationships in which the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) finds itself. About 50 ELCA members were among the 400 ecumenical officers and representatives from a number of Christian denominations in attendance.
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Posted: May 14, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4691
Categories: ELCA News
Transmis : 14 mai 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4691
Catégorie : ELCA News


Lutheran Ecumenical Representatives Network Seeks Recognition

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (ELCA) — The Lutheran Ecumenical Representatives Network (LERN) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) began an identity-building transition at its annual meeting here May 3-6 during the National Workshop on Christian Unity. The Rev. Robert A. Kriesat, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Chatham, N.J., was elected to a one-year term as LERN’s
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Posted: May 14, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4689
Categories: ELCA News
Transmis : 14 mai 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4689
Catégorie : ELCA News


Consultation on the churches and the crisis in the Balkans

World Council of Churches Press Update 27 May 1999 Consultation on the Churches and the Crisis in the Balkans (Budapest, Hungary, 26-27 May 1999) c.f. WCC press release of 21 May 1999 Over 40 church leaders and representatives from Eastern and Western Europe as well as from North America met in Budapest, Hungary, from 26
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Posted: May 27, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=5 Transmis : 27 mai 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=5


Through the looking glass: faces and phases of Christian unity

As Alice through the looking glass, when we enter the world of ecumenism everything seems to be a little bit different. Through the looking glass, everything looks different, we look at it differently and we experience it differently. The Saskatoon Centre for Ecumenism is hosting a national Summer Ecumenical Institute that will assist us to
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Posted: June 6, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6254
Categories: NewsIn this article: events, Saskatoon, Summer Ecumenical Institute
Transmis : 6 juin 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6254
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : events, Saskatoon, Summer Ecumenical Institute


Challenges G8 countries to take more radical approach on the debt crisis

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has strongly criticised the G8 proposals for solving the debt crisis in a statement released during a press conference here on Wednesday, June 9. In the statement, WCC general secretary Konrad Raiser with Sam Kobia, director of the WCC cluster “Issues and Themes” called on G8 leaders to adopt a more radical approach at their meeting beginning in Cologne, Germany, on June 18.
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Posted: June 9, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6540
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: Jubilee, third world debt
Transmis : 9 juin 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6540
Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : Jubilee, third world debt


Faith and Order Commission wrestles with fundamental ecumenical issues

When theologians from nearly all Christian traditions – Protestant, Orthodox and Roman Catholic – and more than 20 nations gather in Toronto this month, they hope to shed some light on some of the oldest and most difficult issues facing the church of Jesus Christ.

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Faith and Order Standing Commission will meet June 15-24 on the campus of Emmanuel College to explore such issues as the nature of the church, different understandings of baptism, how ethnic and national identities relate to the universal Christian faith, and who may be ordained to the ministry of the church.

The WCC’s 336 member churches confess a common faith in Jesus Christ as Son of God and Saviour, and testify together to the Holy Trinity of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They are united in their commitment to proclaim Christ’s gospel to all, and to work for God’s justice and reconciliation in the world.
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Posted: June 16, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6542
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: WCC Commission on Faith & Order
Transmis : 16 juin 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6542
Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : WCC Commission on Faith & Order


Third World debt petition adds 37,000 names in Saskatchewan

by Jason Warick, Saskatoon Star Phoenix More than 37,000 Saskatchewan residents have joined 20 million people worldwide in signing a petition calling for Third World debt relief. The petition will be presented to the leaders of the world’s seven wealthiest countries at their meeting this weekend in Germany. Nick Jesson, director for the Saskatoon Centre
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Posted: June 18, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6024
Categories: NewsIn this article: Jubilee, third world debt
Transmis : 18 juin 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6024
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Jubilee, third world debt


Representatives of ELCA and LCMS Meet for Talks

A 20-member panel of participants from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) met for the first in a series of three two-day discussion sessions on topics of mutual concern to the two church bodies. The first discussion session was held June 14-15 at the Lutheran Center in Chicago,
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Posted: June 25, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4693
Categories: ELCA News
Transmis : 25 juin 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4693
Catégorie : ELCA News


ELCA Leaders Issue “Perspective” on Called to Common Mission

CHICAGO (ELCA) — A vote on a proposed Lutheran-Episcopal full communion agreement is “an enormously momentous decision,” said five leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), who this month sent informational statements and endorsements of the proposal to voting members of the 1999 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. The assembly will be asked to approve
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Posted: July 29, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4696
Categories: ELCA News
Transmis : 29 juillet 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4696
Catégorie : ELCA News


My wounded Church

In a very Anglican way, the Church of England sought to solve its internal crisis over women in the priesthood by legislation which made concessions to opponents. These provisions were remarkable — and, some would say, indefensible. One of them, the Episcopal Ministry Act of Synod 1993, allowing for alternative episcopal oversight, is now up for review, and under attack from the supporters of women priests, some of whom are campaigning for its repeal by 2002. But opponents, who believe their Catholic doctrine of the Church to be, if anything, more compromised by the concessions than by the ordinations themselves, are also looking for new solutions. Why are they still not satisfied, despite having been given so-called flying bishops and parochial autonomy? What are the issues at stake?

Let us not (for the moment) rake over the embers of the arguments that were carried on before the General Synod voted in 1992. Let women’s ordination be known, not by its roots but by its fruits. And by fruits I do not mean that experience of women’s ministry which it was confidently claimed would win every heart — no one has ever doubted the pastoral skills and sensitivity of women. I mean its theological and doctrinal consequences.
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Posted: July 31, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6629
Categories: The Tablet
Transmis : 31 juillet 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6629
Catégorie : The Tablet


Polish Churches Plan Major Agreement on Baptism for Year 2000

by Jonathan Luxmoore, Ecumenical News International [WARSAW] Minority churches in Poland plan to celebrate the new millennium by joining Roman Catholics in a mutual recognition of baptism. The churches are also considering a joint acknowledgment – with the Roman Catholic Church – of “guilt and forgiveness” for past wrongs. “Many people have warmed to these
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Posted: August 15, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4959
Categories: ENIIn this article: baptism
Transmis : 15 aoüt 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4959
Catégorie : ENIDans cet article : baptism


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