A collection of 25 essays offering "a thought-provoking contribution both to the Ecumenical Decade - Churches in Solidarity with Women and to the process of drawing out the implications for the churches of the Platform for Action adopted by the United Nations' fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing 1995). While this book grows out of papers originally prepared for an international consultation on women called by the Lutheran World Federation, its relevance extends beyond the Lutheran family to all Christian churches who are concerned to see how the particular gifts of women can make an even greater difference in their life and witness" -- back cover.
Contents: Foreword: Making a Difference / Peri Rasolondraibe -- Introduction: Background and Genesis / Musimbi R.A. Kanyoro -- Discipleship of Equals: Reality and Vision / Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza -- Vocation and Ministry / Eugene L. Brand -- In Search of a Round Table / Christine Grumm -- Re-reading the Scripture: A Hermeneutical Approach / Nirmala Vasanthakumar -- Power, Authority and the Bible . Wanda Deifelt -- Reading the Bible as Equals / Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza -- Naming and Reclaiming Power / Martha E. Stortz -- Power in a Discipleship of Equals / Ranjini Rebera -- Power and Minorities: Indigenous Women in South America / Manuel Larreal -- Communion and Economic Power / Ruth Besha -- Rethinking Economic Power / Mariama Marjorie Williams -- An Agenda for the Whole Communion / Ishmael Noko -- Theology in the Communion of Churches: What Are the Implications ? / Elisabeth Parmentier -- Women in the Lutheran Communion / Musimbi R.A. Kanyoro -- African Women and Lutheran Tradition / Anna E. Mghwira -- Cultural Elements and Women's Ordination / Datuk Thu En-Yu -- Women Pastors in Indonesia / Basa Huabarat -- The Ordination of Women in Africa / Musimbi R.A. Kanyoro -- Women's Ordination: A Viewpoint from Tanzania / Cuthbert K. Omari -- A Decade of Discovery / Nicole Fischer -- What Does the Decade Offer Men ? / Robert Shantz -- Strategies for Women / Kate Mahn -- Women and Decision-making: An Ethiopian Experience / Yadessa Daba -- The Challenge of Feminist Theologies / Musimbi R.A. Kanyoro -- The Decade as the Great Commission / Pang Ken-Phin -- Contributors.
This book "stands in continuity with such ecumenical documents as 'Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry (BEM)' in examining aspects of ecclesiology, the theological understanding of the church. The chapters consist of contributions by authors from many Christian traditions to the study process culminating in the report of the dialogue, `The Nature and Mission of the Church'. Twenty-four theologians and church leaders provide multiple perspectives on the issue of the church's sacramentality, authority and ordained ministry. Drawing on more than 75 years of Faith and Order conversations, especially on the principles of convergence discerned in the BEM process, the book identifies areas of agreement and challenges posed for the churches as they seek common ground. This volume traces the next steps in dialogue and provides a resource to aid reception of the results as Christian communities frame their own discussions of what it means to be the church". -- back cover.
Contents divided into three main sections, containing the papers and report from three different consultations organized by the Commission of Faith and Order: 1. "Does the Church Have a Sacramental Nature ?" conference held 6-11 June 2001 in Ottawa, Canada -- 2. "Authority and Authoritative Teaching in the Church" conference held 1-7 June 2002 in Durau, Romania -- 3. "Ministry and Ordination in the Community of Women and Men in the Church" conference held 29 November - 5 December 2003 in Bad Herrenalb, Germany.
Contents: Preface / Tamara Grdzelidze -- Introduction / Alan Falconer -- Does the Church Have a Sacramental Nature ? : An Orthodox Perspective / Emmanuel Clapsis -- The Sacramentality of the Church : An Evangelical Baptist Perspective / Timothy George -- The Sacramentality of the Church : Points of Convergence and Issues to be Addressed / Barbara Schwahn -- Church and `Sacrament' in Bilateral Dialogues / Antti Saarelma -- Church as Koinonia : Church as Sacrament / Donna Geernaert -- Koinonia in the Context of Sacramentality of the Church / Hermen P. Shastri -- Holiness as Content and Purpose of Ecclesial Authority / Daniel Ciobotea -- An Overview of Some Faith and Order Papers on Authority / Gert Jansen -- Response to an Overview of Some Faith and Order Papers on Authority / Mary O'Driscoll -- Reflections on Authority in the Roman Catholic-Lutheran Dialogue / Turid Karlsen Seim -- Reflections on Authority and Authoritative Teaching in Light of ARCIC II / William Henn -- Authority in Context : Methodist Bilateral Conversations and Councils of Churches / Hermen Shastri -- Authority in Contemporary Ecclesiology : Some Reflections / Martyn Percy -- Authority in Contemporary `Ecclesio' Theology / Sarah S. Kaulule -- Response to `Authority in Contemporary Ecclesiology : Some Reflections' / Nicholas Constas -- Authority and Authoritative Teaching Report -- Ministry in Faith and Order : One Woman's Ecumenical Memory / Mary Tanner -- The Holy Spirit and Ministry : A Lutheran Perspective / Bernd Oberdorfer -- The Holy Spirit and Ministry : Comments from a Latin American Woman / Araceli Ezzatti -- Reflections on `Vocation' and `Ministry' / Donna Geernaert -- Ministry and Vocation / Urs von Arx -- The Community of Women and Men in the Church Study : How Did It Come into Being ? / Constance F. Parvey -- Women's Ordination : An Extrinsic Issue / Dimitra Koukoura -- Women's Priesthood as a Theological and Ecumenical Problem / Nikolaos Matsoukas -- A Lutheran Perspective / Christine Globig -- Ecumenical Developments in Ordination Rites / James F. Puglisi -- Ordination in the Eastern Churches / Paul F. Bradshaw -- Ministry and Ordination in the Community of women and Men in the Church : Aide-memoire -- Scriptural Images of the Church : An Eastern Orthodox Reflection / Alexander Golitizin -- Contributors.