"The papers by Reinhard Groscurth, Roderick Hewitt, and Rena Karefa-Smart were first published in 'The Ecumenical Review', Vol. 47, No. 4, October 1995; they have also been printed, together with the papers by Paul Crow and Hugh Cross, in 'Mid-Stream', Vol. 35, No. 1, January 1996". -- verso of t.-p.
Includes bibliographical references.
"This book, the official report of the Sixth International Consultation of United and Uniting Churches, includes articles on the identity, mission and challenge of united churches, on active church union negotiations, and on a wide range of other approaches to visible Christian unity. It offers an exceptionally broad survey of the practical steps now being taken towards Christian unity, and of efforts to relate that unity to the church's witness, mission and service in the world today". -- back cover.
Contents: 1. Introduction -- Editor's Introduction / Thomas F. Best -- Breaking Down Walls / Martin Cressey -- 2. Report of the Consultation -- Report of the Consultation -- Letter to the Participants / Alan Falconer -- 3. Theme Papers -- Conversion and Identity: The United Churches: Origins, Progress, Relationships / Reinhard Groscurth -- A Present Vocation in Mission and Service: The Challenge to United and Uniting Churches / Roderick R. Hewitt -- The Challenge of United and Uniting Churches to the Ecumenical Movement / Rena Karefa-Smart -- 4. Steps Towards Unity I: Active Union Negotiations -- The Church Unity Commission (CUC) and the Union Movement in South Africa / Donald Cragg -- Uniting Through Covenanting: The Experience of Wales / Gethin Abraham-Williams -- The Negotiating Churches Unity Council (NCUC): Aotearoa/New Zealand / Doug Lendrum -- The 'Together on the Way' Process / Leo Koffeman -- 5. Steps Towards Unity II: Other Approaches to Unity -- Local Unity Where There is No National Church Union: For Example, Local Ecumenical Partnerships / Hugh Cross -- Ecumenical Partnership: Emerging Unity Between The Disciples of Christ and the United Church of Christ / Paul A. Crow, Jr. -- Kirchengemeinschaft: The United Church of Christ and the Evangelical Church of the Union / Gerhard Linn -- The United Church of Christ in the USA: Special Relationships in the United States and Germany / Frank H. Dietz -- The Consultation on Church Union in the United States (COCU): An Assessment of the Present State of Progress / Daniell C. Hamby -- Agreement between the Reformation Churches in Europe: The Leuenberg Agreement / Pavel Smetana -- The Porvoo Agreement / Mary Tanner -- 6. Sermons -- Homily at Opening Worship: John 3:1-7 / Martin Cressey -- Homily on John 4:5-15; 27-42 / Hilario Gomez -- Homily on John 9:1-41 / Christa Kronshage -- Homily on Luke 1:26-38: Jesus, the Unifying Force / Samuel Arends -- Homily on John 11:1-53: Toward Unity, Toward Life / John Radano -- Homily on John 1:1-18 / N.M. Bagh -- Homily at Closing Worship : Who Are You ? / Diane C. Kessler -- Homily at Eucharistic Worship / Norbert Stephens -- 7. Appendix: Contributors.
Contributors include Anglican lay woman Dr. Mary Tanner.