Resolved, That this Synod desires to encourage informal conversations and conferences between members of our Communion and those of others with a view to increasing the spirit of mutual understanding and sympathy necessary to progress toward re-union and expresses a hope that every opportunity may be used in the way of such co-operation in good works as shall increase the influence of the Christian forces in every Community.
The newly-formed, second Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission (ARCIC II) will meet outside Europe for the first time August 27 to September 5 at "Graymoor," Garrison, New York.
ARCIC II was formed in 1982 by a "Common Declaration" of Archbishop Robert Runcie of Canterbury and Pope John Paul II to examine "the outstanding doctrinal differences which still separate us, with a view towards their eventual resolution. To study all that hinders the mutual recognition of the Ministries of our Communions, and to recommend what practical steps will be necessary when, on the basis of our unity in Faith, we are able to proceed to the restoration of full communion."
The Co-Chairmen of ARCIC II are Bishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor of Arundel and Brighton in England, and Bishop Mark Santer of Kensington, London, England. They head a group of twelve theologians and leaders from each of the two Churches.
The up-coming meeting will continue discussion of "Church and Salvation" which includes the contentious Reformation issue of Justification by Faith. The other major topic will be "Growth in Reconciliation," which takes up the planning of future stages toward unity, including the mutual recognition of Ministries.
There are two Canadians on ARCIC II. They are the Very Rev. John Baycroft, Dean of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa, and the Rev. Dr. Jean-Marie Tillard, Professor of Dogmatic Theology in the Dominion Faculty of Theology in Ottawa.
Greymoor was chosen as the site for the meeting because it is the headquarters of the (Roman Catholic) Society of the Atonement (Franciscan) which has long been active in the Ecumenical movement. The Roman Catholic and Episcopal (Anglican) Churches in the U.S.A. have been in dialogue for many years and local co-operation is common.
The Most Rev. James Malone, President of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (U.S.A.) and the Most Rev. John M. Allin, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church will join the Commission for part of its meeting.
In August 1994, at the invitation of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches, liturgists and leaders of worship from nearly all Christian traditions met in Ditchingham, England to reconsider the implications of worship for the ecumenical quest. The event produced an exciting report and the letter reproduced in this article.
"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.
"In this work we seek to capture something of the vision, hopes, and achievements, something of the problems and failures, of the united and the uniting church movement over the past eighty years. While the book had its origin in a specific consultation of united and uniting churches, the issues raised are general ones, and form a sound introduction to this fascinating and important part of global Christianity". - Intro., p. [vii].
Includes bibliographical references.
Notes: Introduction: United Churches and the Ecumenical Movement / Thomas F. Best -- I. "A Costly Unity": The Challenge of United/Uniting Churches Today -- United and Uniting Churches: Perspectives from the Colombo Consultation / Paul A. Crow, Jr. -- II. Case Studies from Around the World -- A. The Theology, Theory and Practice of Church Union -- Church Union Negotiations and Shared Spirituality Among United/Uniting Churches / Noel A. Davies -- Some Central Issues Facing United Churches / David Gill and Ethel Mitchell -- The Importance of Union for the Local Congregation / Gillian Bobbett -- B. Unity and Renewal: United Churches as Agents of Mission and Reconciliation -- The Search for Unity in a Divided Nation / Wesley Ariarajah -- A New Church in a New Nation / D.M. Musunsa -- Church Union and the Healing of Society / David W.A. Taylor -- The Challenge of Mutual Recognition among United Churches / Reinhard Groscurth -- C. United Churches and the Question of Church-State Relations -- The Relationship of United Churches to the State / Keiji Ogawa -- D. On the Way: Churches in Quest of Union -- Interim Eucharistic Fellowship / Gerald F. Moede -- The Importance of Education for Church Union / Laurence A. Creedy -- III. Appendices -- Church Union Negotiations: a Narrative Bibliography -- Contributors.
This book "asks how the community of faith as such can be both context and criterion for dealing with today's questions of shared life on earth, some of which involve threats to the continuation of life itself. The heart of the argument is that churches need to recover the vocation of providing primary moral formation, of shaping people's moral identity, long before politicized arguments begin". -- Preface, p. 8.
"As it happens, these matters have also been the focus of a study process sponsored over the last four years by the World Council of Churches (WCC). The pages that follow are one participant's `take' on that international dialogue on `ecclesiology and ethics'." - Preface, p. 9.
Contents divided into six main sections: A Calling to Be Different -- Seeing the World Through Ecumenical Lenses -- Formation: Generating Moral Capacities -- Formation: Discerning Moral Possibilities -- An Oikoumene of Moral Practices ? -- Horizons of Meaning and the Household of Life.
Contents: Preface / Lewis S. Mudge -- A Calling to Be Different -- Ecclesiology and Ethics: The Fundamental Issues -- Moral Conflict in the Churches: A North American Perspective -- Diagnoses and Prescriptions -- A Primacy for Practice -- Seeing the World Through Ecumenical Lenses -- Institutional Ecumenism -- The 'Missio Dei' at the Turn of the Millennia -- The Rise of the Great World System -- A New Interpretation of the Christian 'Oikoumene' ? -- Continuing the Dialogue: New Settings and Possibilities -- Formation: Generating Moral Capacities -- Formation among and by the Powers of the World -- Formation of and by the Congregation -- The Moral Architecture of Congregational Life -- The Spiritual Appropriation of Critical Disciplines -- Against Romantic Expectations -- Formation: Discerning Moral Possibilities -- Ourselves and Others: Communication across Shifting Boundaries -- Offering Moral Hospitality -- An Oikoumene of Moral Practices ? -- Escaping from Divisive Fixations -- Resources for Moral Sharing -- A Need for New Language -- Communion among Diverse Practicing Communities: Resonance and Recognition -- The WCC as Space-Maker for a Global Household of Life: Ten Affirmations -- Horizons of Meaning and the Household of Life -- History and Eschatology: Pluralisms and Horizons -- 'Household of Life' as Eschatological Paradigm -- 'Imago Dei' and City of God: An Eschatological Vision -- Notes -- Index.
"It has been suggested that it might be useful to publish in book form some of the chief sermons and speeches which I delivered during the first eighteen months after entering on my present work. .... If any one of these addresses may be said to strike the key-note, it is that on 'The Crisis of Western Civilisation'. Our need is a new integration of life: Religion, Art, Science, Politics, Education, Industry, Commerce, Finance -- all these need to be brought into a unity as agents of a single purpose. That purpose can hardly be found in human aspirations; it must be the divine purpose. That divine purpose is presented to us in the Bible under the name of the Kingdom (Sovereignty) of God, or as the summing-up of all things in Christ, or ass the coming-down out of heaven of the holy city, the New Jerusalem". -- Preface.
Contents: Preface dated January 25, 1944 / William Cantuar -- Enthronement -- Christian Unity and Church Reunion -- The Background of the Reunion Problem -- "Go Forward" -- Education for Peace -- Our Trust and Our Task -- Fellowship in War -- The Church's Approach to the Problem of Venereal Disease -- A Call to Men -- The Crisis of Western Civilisation -- The Armour of God -- From the Old Year to the New -- Christmas I -- Christmas II -- Good Friday, 1943 -- The Church Looks Forward: I -- The Church Looks Forward: II -- The Church Looks Forward: III -- The Church Looks Forward: IV -- The Church Looks Forward: V -- The Christian View of the Right Relationship between Finance, Production and Consumption -- The Spirit of Management -- Britain and Germany after the War -- Babel and Pentecost -- Endurance and Dedication.
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Message No.29 replacing Message No.24 was received from the Upper House, "Church Union."
Resolved, That this House concurs in Message No.29.
No.29 - Replacing Message No.24 re Church Union
That the General Synod has received with great satisfaction the report of the representatives of the Church at the Lausanne Conference on Faith and Order and rejoices in the evidence that it affords of a growing desire among all Christian people for the re-union of Christendom. It re-affirms its adherence to the Lambeth Appeal, looks forward with confident hope to a world-wide unity in the faith of Jesus Christ as contemplated in that Appeal and stands ready to do all in its power to further that end.
That the Lower House concurs in Message No.29 of the Upper House.
"This book is a considerably shortened version of a dissertation I wrote for the degree of PhD at Fordham University, New York. The major part of the original dissertation was prepared during 1979-80. Because of my heavy responsibilities in the war-torn country of Lebanon, it could be completed only in 1988". -- Preface.
"The term 'conciliar fellowship' was used by the Nairobi assembly of the World Council of Churches to describe the nature and goal of unity. It was held up as a vision of how unity could be realized and experienced. The two subsequent assemblies reaffirmed the importance of conciliar fellowship. But the enormous potential of the concept for the 'unity we seek' has not yet been fully explored. 'Conciliar Fellowship: A Common Goal' is a serious attempt to begin such an exploration by one who has been involved for the last fifteen years in Faith and Order discussions of this and related topics. The book shows in a lively way how the major tradition of the Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant churches interact with one another on the issues. It discusses the concrete form of a conciliar fellowship, a topic avoided by most commentators, and makes an interesting distinction between conciliar fellowship and the possibility of a modern 'ecumenical council'". -- back cover.
Contents: Foreword / Mary Tanner -- Preface / Aram Keshishian -- Introduction -- What is Conciliar Fellowship ? -- Ecumenical Debate on Conciliar Fellowship - Conciliar Fellowship and the Local Church -- Baptism and Eucharist as the Bases of Conciliar Fellowship -- Conciliar Fellowship as a Model of Unity -- From Ecumenical Fellowship to Conciliar Fellowship -- Roman Catholic Thinking on Conciliar Fellowship -- Concluding Notes -- Notes.