"On the basis of proposals, crafted in smaller meetings of Commissioners throughout the year, the Commission discussed how best to pursue dialogue on a number of difficult ecumenical theological issues. After intense discussions, where, on the basis of trying to reach better understanding, methodology and worship, the Commission was able to clarify the goal and processes of the major studies recommended at their meeting in Toronto in 1999 and approved by the WCC Central Committee. To facilitate an understanding of the discussions, the original proposals on each theme are presented here in the section entitled Working Papers, while the discussion in Matanzas and the final proposals on each study appear in the main Minutes of the meeting (e.g. the proposal on Ecumenical hermeneutics, discussed by the Standing Commission, appears on pp. 68ff, while a record of the discussion and the final recommendation appears on pp. 22ff and 50ff.)" -- Preface, p. 1.
Contents: Preface / Alan D. Falconer -- In Memoriam: Jean-Marie Roger Tillard (1927-2000) -- Roll Call -- I. Openings -- Opening worship -- Welcome -- The Cuban context -- Opening actions -- Reports of the Director and Moderator -- Meeting with State Politicians -- II. Work on themes: reports -- Ecclesiology -- Ecclesiology and Mission -- Ecumenical Hermeneutics -- Theological Anthropology -- The Apostolic Faith -- Ethnic Identity, national identity and the search for the unity of the Church -- The Sacramental Dimension of Baptism -- III. Ecumenical Partnerships -- The Joint Working Group -- The Special Commission -- Week of Prayer -- United and Uniting Churches -- Eighth Forum on bilateral dialogues -- A common date of Easter -- V. Collaborative work -- Decade to overcome violence -- Human sexuality -- People with disabilities -- Ecumenical Prayer Cycle -- VI. Closed Session -- Staff issues -- Change in By-laws and nominations -- VII. Work on theme issues: outcomes -- The work of subgroups -- Reports and resolutions following on the work of subgroups -- VIII. Closing Actions -- IX. Working Papers (as received by the Standing Commission) -- I. Ecumenical Hermeneutics -- II. Theological Anthropology -- III. Ethnic identity, national identity and the search for the unity of the Church -- IV. Worship: The Sacramental Dimension of Baptism -- Appendices -- I. Sermon / Ofelia Ortega -- II. Welcome / H.E. Cardinal Jaime Ortega -- III. Doing Theology in Cuba / Reinero Arce -- IV. Continuing Validity of the Presbyterian-Reformed Confession of Faith, Cuba (1977) / Sergio Arce Martinez -- V. Statement / Very Rev. Dr. Hilarion Alfeyev -- VI. In Memoriam: John W. Deschner and J. Russell Chandran -- VII. By-Laws of the Faith and Order Commission -- VIII. Membership of the Faith and Order Commission.