"Those who suffer from Aids deserve both compassion and help. The Church, with its message of divine love and its requirement of neighbourly love, should assist in promoting their pastoral care. These guidelines are written to help those in dire need. ..... This booklet, prepared by the Social Policy Committee, deals with pastoral rather than moral aspects of Aids. When people are ill they need help and support. Our prime concern has been this: how can pastoral care best be given to those who suffer from this tragic and as yet incurable illness ?" -- Foreword.
Includes bibliographical references, p.13-14.
Contents: Foreword / Hugh Birmingham i.e. Hugh Montefiore [Bishop of Birmingham], Chairman, Board for Social Responsibility -- Aids: Some Guidelines for Pastoral Care -- The needs of people affected by Aids -- Feelings likely to be experienced by the Aids sufferer -- Difficulties faced by families and friends -- When a person has Aids -- The care of people with Aids -- Conclusion -- Resource List -- Appendix.
"The fact that people read and understand texts in different ways is surely one of the main sources of Christian division, and one of the reasons Christians remain divided today. What is the role of culture in shaping our ways and means of interpretation ? A certain diversity in interpretations is to be expected and celebrated. But can there be agreed criteria for setting the limits to diversity ? Could there be guidelines for interpreting texts and symbols ecumenically, in a way that bridges some of our confessional and cultural differences ? Questions such as these have formed the basis of the work of the World Council of Churches' Faith and Order commission in the area of ecumenical hermeneutics. This book brings together the text of Faith and Order's study process (`A Treasure in Earthen Vessels') as well as several essays contributed along the way by participants from different confessional and regional backgrounds. These essays speak to the complexity and depth of `the hermeneutical problem' in the ecumenical task, offering insights, raising still further questions, and laying the ground for further work". -- back cover.
Contents: Preface -- Dagmar Heller, Peter Bouteneff -- Hermeneutics and Ecumenism: The Art of Understanding a Communicative God / Anton Houtepen -- BEM and the Eucharist: A Case Study in Ecumenical Hermeneutics / William Tabbernee -- Hermeneutics and Ecumenical Dialogue: BEM and Its Responses on "Apostolicity" / William Henn -- "Scripture, Tradition and traditions": a Reflection on the Studies of This Issue in the 1960s / Martin Cressey -- Tradition Revisited / Nicholas Lossky -- The Pneumatological Dimension in the Hermeneutical Task / Michael Prokurat -- Ecumenical Hermeneutics: Suspicion versus Coherence ? / Rudolf von Sinner -- Hermeneutics: An Instrument for an Ecumenical Reflection on the Search for Church Unity / Metropolitan Gennadios (Limouis) of Sassima -- Reflections on "A Treasure in Earthen Vessels: An Instrument for an Ecumenical Reflection on Hermeneutics" / Pablo R. Andinach -- A Treasure in Earthen Vessels: An Instrument for an Ecumenical Reflection on Hermeneutics -- Contributors -- Participants in the Consultations.