Report of a consultation on education ecumenically for the Anglican Church of Canada, the Baptist convention of Ontario and Quebec, the Presbyterian Church in Canada, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto, The United Church of Canada, the Centre for Christian Studies, the Ecumenical Institute of Canada, Ewart College, the Scarborough Foreign Mission Seminary.
Addressing the question, "The Papacy; Stumbling Block or Stepping Stone to Christian Unity", a recent conference in Toronto took up the Pope's invitation to discuss his role in a united Christian church.
"Orthodox participation in the World Council of Churches has always been a paradox -- enthusiastically committed and yet always plagued by complaints. This situation has lately reached crisis proportions: two Orthodox churches have withdrawn their membership; more threaten to follow. Is this an 'Orthodox problem' ? Or is there something fundamentally wrong with the ecumenical machinery ? In this book, two theologians -- one an Orthodox and one a Lutheran -- engage in an extended dialogue to illumine some of the issues and possible ways forward. The issues they discuss fall squarely within the agenda of the Special Commission on Orthodox Participation in the WCC, which was created in Harare in 1998". -- back cover.
Contents: Foreword / Georges Lemopoulos -- Preface -- Introduction -- 1. Orthodox Ecclesiology and the Ecumenical Movement / Pierre Boutenoff -- 1. The Orthodox Church's Self-understanding -- 2. The Orthodox Church and Other Christians -- 3. Ecclesiology and Unity -- 2. So We Believe, So We Pray: Worship - Tradition - Ecclesiology / Anna Marie Aagaard -- Conclusion : A Dialogue Continues -- Anna Marie Aagaard Responds -- Peter Bounteneff Responds.
"Second, revised and enlarged edition. First edition published in 1993 by E.J. Dwyer (Australia) Pty Ltd, Newtown, NSW 2042 Australia c1993 Gideon Goosen". -- verso of t-.p.
"[By] Gideon Goosen".
Includes bibliographical references, glossary and index.
Bibliography: pp. -167.
"This book is intended for the average reader or student of theology who would like to be better informed about ecumenism. `In order to understand the present, and move confidently into the future, one must have an appreciation of the past', says the author. The book therefore deals, in a non-technical way, with the theology and history of ecumenism, explains the origins of the main Christian denominations, gives a brief history of the World Council of Churches, and introduces some of the current issues. Ecumenical ethics and inter-religious dialogues form the subjects of the two final chapters. The author concludes each chapter with questions for group discussion, and ends the book with suggestions for practical ways in which the ordinary individual can promote ecumenism. Several appendices give useful background information". -- back cover.
Contents: Introduction dated Sydney, January 2001 -- Acknowledgements -- The Theology of Ecumenism -- A Brief History of Ecumenism -- The Churches of the East -- The Protestant Churches and the Roman Catholic Church -- Some Relevant Issues -- Healing the Wounds: Current Dialogues -- Ecumenical Ethics -- Inter-Religious Dialogue -- Some Practical Hints -- Appendix A: Activities for Further Ecumenical Learning -- Appendix B: Thumbnail Sketches of the Protestant Reformers -- Appendix C: The Rites within the Roman Catholic Church --- Appendix D: List of Church Councils -- Glossary -- Bibliography -- Index.
"The author says: 'This book tells some stories about the search for unity. Unity is not easy to find or to keep. It is a dynamic thing, and unless people are for ever making the church for themselves, that unity will never be found'. He goes on to describe the varied approaches in groups and geographical areas large and small, old and new, from some representative parishes to nation-wide enterprises like the 'People Next Door' programme. Successes and failures alike show the interaction of mission and unity, and both the need and the increasing scope for freedom for the church to grow". -- back cover.
Contents: Acknowledgments / R.M.C. Jeffery -- Prologue -- Some Models -- Finding New Life -- PND [People Next Door] and All That -- Local Councils of Churches -- The Ecumenical Parish -- Planning for Mission -- The Emerging Church -- Epilogue.
Colophon: Printed in Great Britain by Richard Clay (The Chaucer Press) Ltd, Bungay, Suffolk.
"Given as  Richard Lectures at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia".
"This book seeks to stress three points: the Christian community; the continuity of this community in history; and the centrality, in this community and this history, of Jesus Christ -- God's 'tradition' to human history which redeems it. Such a perspective as this, I believe, will allow us then to consider both the nature of the unity we seek -- a perennial, yet presently crucial, concern of the ecumenical movement -- and the right means and spirit in which to move forward toward it". -- Preface, p. x.
Includes bibliographical references.
Contents: Dedication -- Preface dated Princeton, N.J., Christmastide, 1956 / A.C.O. -- The Ecumenical Fact -- The Christian Sense of History -- The Christian Event and the Christian Community -- The Christian Tradition -- The Unity We Seek.