Ecumenical Movement / Edition 1

Ecumenical Movement / Edition 1

by M. Kinnamon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802842631

ISBN-13: 9780802842633

Pub. Date: 01/24/1997

Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company

Included in this exhaustive collection of documents from the twentieth-century ecumenical movement are significant passages from the most widely influential texts produced by assemblies, conferences, and studies of the World Council of Churches and similar bodies, covering the three broad areas of historic concern within modern ecumenism: faith and order, life and

Overview

Included in this exhaustive collection of documents from the twentieth-century ecumenical movement are significant passages from the most widely influential texts produced by assemblies, conferences, and studies of the World Council of Churches and similar bodies, covering the three broad areas of historic concern within modern ecumenism: faith and order, life and work, and mission and evangelism. Designed as a resource for courses in ecumenism in theological seminaries and faculties of religion, the volume can also serve as a useful reference guide. In addition to selections from the WCC and other global Christian bodies, the collection includes texts from various regions of the world.

From The Critics

"This anthology is useful as a resource for teaching, whether upper-level college courses, seminaries, congregations, or workshops, and an excellent reference tool for those involved in ecumenical efforts. Likely to become a standard work, this text inspires readers with a vision that holds the search for unity and the pursuit of justice, explicit witness to Christ, and renewal of creation, in appropriate tension.
A valuable reference tool for all engaged in common Christian witness and service.
"A "must" for all theological libraries and a necessary tool for all who study or teach the ecumenical movement or simply wish to understand where the churches are today-and why!" - Religious Studies Review

"This anthology is useful as a resource for teaching, whether upper-level college courses, seminaries, congregations, or workshops, and an excellent reference tool for those involved in ecumenical efforts. Likely to become a standard work, this text inspires readers with a vision that holds the search for unity and the pursuit of justice, explicit witness to Christ, and renewal of creation, in appropriate tension.
A valuable reference tool for all engaged in common Christian witness and service." - Missiology

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802842633
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
01/24/1997
Pages:
564
Product dimensions:
1.15(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Table of Contents

General Introduction

I. The Ecumenical Vision: Towards an Integration of Unity, Service, Mission and Renewal

Introduction

John R. Mott, Closing Address at the World Missionary Conference, Edinburgh, 1910

'Unto the Churches of Christ Everywhere', Encyclical of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, 1920

Germanos of Thyateira, Address to the First World Conference on Faith and Order, Lausanne, 1927

Nathan Söderblom, Sermon at the Closing Service, Universal Christian Conference on Life and Work, Stockholm, 1925

William Temple, Sermon at the Opening Service, Second World Conference on Faith and Order, Edinburgh, 1937

Message, First Assembly of the WCC, Amsterdam, 1948

Suzanne de Diétrich, 'The Church 'Between the Times'', 1958

Decree on Ecumenism of the Second Vatican Council, 1964

Paul VI, on the Occasion of His Visit to WCC Headquarters, 1969

Eugene Carson Blake, 'The Open Door', a Dialogue Sermon with Martin Niemöller, 1965

Willem Visser 't Hooft, 'The Mandate of the Ecumenical Movement', Fourth Assembly of the WCC, Uppsala, 1968

M.M. Thomas, 'Search for Wholeness and Unity', WCC Central Committee, 1973

Pauline Webb, 'The Word of Life', Sermon at the Opening Service, Sixth Assembly of the WCC, Vancouver, 1983

Philip Potter, Report of the General Secretary, Sixth Assembly of the WCC, Vancouver, 1983

Paulos Mar Gregorios, 'Human Unity for the Glory of God', 1985

Emilio Castro, 'Reconciliation', 1992

Konrad Raiser, 'Ecumenism in Search of a New Vision', 1992

Ernst Lange, 'The Test Case of Faith', 1972

II. The Unity of the Church: Towards a Common Definition

Introduction

'An Appeal to All Christian People', Lambeth Conference, 1920

Georges Florovsky, 'The Boundaries of the Church', 1933

'Affirmation of Union in Allegiance to Our Lord Jesus Christ', Second World Conference on Faith and Order, Edinburgh, 1937

'The Governing Principles of the Church', Constitution of the Church of South India, 1947

'What Is Covenanting?', Consultation on Church Union, USA, 1988

Report of the Section on Unity, Third Assembly of the WCC, New Delhi, 1961

Orthodox Contribution to Section II, Third Assembly of the WCC, New Delhi, 1961

Report of Section I: The Holy Spirit and the Catholicity of the Church, Fourth Assembly of the WCC, Uppsala, 1968

Ernst Käsemann and Raymond Brown, Addresses to the Fourth World Conference on Faith and Order, Montreal, 1963

Johannes Willebrands, 'Moving Towards a Typology of Churches', 1970

José Míguez Bonino, 'A Latin American Attempt to Locate the Question of Unity', Salamanca Consultation of Faith and Order, 1973

'Towards Unity in Tension', WCC Commission on Faith and Order, 1974

Report of Section II: What Unity Requires, Fifth Assembly of the WCC, Nairobi, 1975

Lesslie Newbigin, 'What is 'a Local Church Truly United'?', 1976

'Taking Steps Towards Unity', Sixth Assembly of the WCC, Vancouver, 1983

'Statement on 'The Unity We Seek'', Seventh Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation, 1984

Heinrich Fries and Karl Rahner, 'Theses' from Unity of the Churches: An Actual Possibility, 1983

'The Unity of the Church as Koinonia: Gift and Calling', Seventh Assembly of the WCC, Canberra, 1991

Mary Tanner, Dorothy Lee, Message, Fifth World Conference on Faith and Order, Santiago de Compostela, 1993
Edmund Schlink, Address to the Third World Conference on Faith and Order, Lund, 1952

III.Agreement on Issues that Divide the Church: Towards Fuller Communion in Christ

Introduction

Robert McAfee Brown, 'Rules for Dialogue', 1965

Report of Section II: The Church's Message to the World—the Gospel, First World Conference on Faith and Order, Lausanne, 1927

Report of Section V, First World Conference on Faith and Order, Lausanne, 1927

'The Grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ', Second World Conference on Faith and Order, Edinburgh, 1937

Oliver Tomkins, Address to the Third World Conference on Faith and Order, Lund, 1952

Report of the Advisory Commission on the Main Theme, 'Christ—the Hope of the World', Second Assembly of the WCC, Evanston, 1954

Report of Section II: Scripture, Tradition and Traditions, Fourth World Conference on Faith and Order, Montreal, 1963

'The Common Declaration' of Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras, 1965

Agreed Statement on Uniatism, Joint International Commission for the Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church, Balamand, 1993

'Agreed Statement', Third Unofficial Conversation between Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches, 1970

Leuenberg Agreement, Reformation Churches of Europe, 1973

Porvoo Common Statement between Anglicans of Great Britain and Ireland and Lutherans of the Nordic and Baltic Lands, 1992

'Authority in the Church I', Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, 1976

Final Recommendations, For the Conversion of the Churches, Groupe des Dombes, 1991

'A Common Account of Hope', WCC Commission on Faith and Order, Bangalore, 1978

'The Filioque Clause in Ecumenical Perspective', WCC Commission on Faith and Order, 1979

'Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry', WCC Commission on Faith and Order, Lima, 1982

'Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry: The Continuing Call to Unity', WCC Commission on Faith and Order, 1989
Report of a Consultation on the 'Ordination of Women in Ecumenical Perspective', Klingenthal, 1979
Emilio Castro, Report to the Seventh Assembly of the WCC, Canberra, 1991

'Justification by Faith: Common Statement', Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue, USA, 1985

William Lazareth, Comments on 'Reception', 1984
Jürgen Moltmann, Address to the Consultation Celebrating Fifty Years of Faith and Order, Lausanne, 1977

IV. Issues that Divide both Church and World: Towards a Renewed and Reconciled Community

Introduction

'Non-Theological Factors that May Hinder or Accelerate the Church's Unity', Bossey Ecumenical Institute Conference, 1951

'Violence, Nonviolence and the Struggle for Social Justice', WCC Central Committee, 1973

'Plan for an Ecumenical Programme to Combat Racism', WCC Central Committee, 1969

Criteria for the Special Fund of the Programme to Combat Racism, 1969

'Racism and South Africa', General Council of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, Ottawa, 1982

Mary John Mananzan, Mercy Oduyoye, Letty Russell and Elsa Tamez, 'The Spirit Is Troubling the Water', Statement on the Ecumenical Decade: Churches in Solidarity with Women, 1989

José Míguez Bonino, 'Oikumene and Anti-Oikumene', 1984

Chung Hyun Kyung, 'Come, Holy Spirit—Renew the Whole Creation', Seventh Assembly of the WCC, Canberra, 1991

'Reflections of Orthodox Participants' and 'Evangelical Perspectives from Canberra', Seventh Assembly of the WCC, Canberra, 1991

Manas Buthelezi, 'The Church as Prophetic Sign', 1985

Desmond Tutu, Address to the Fifth World Conference on Faith and Order, Santiago de Compostela, 1993

V. Ecumenical Social Thought: Towards Solidarity in Humanity's Struggles

Introduction

Message, Universal Christian Conference on Life and Work, Stockholm, 1925

'The Obligation of Christians', from the Meeting of the World Alliance for Promoting International Friendship through the Churches, Prague, 1928

Reports of Section I: Church and Community, and Section V: The Universal Church and the World of Nations, Oxford Conference on Church, Community and State, 1937

J.H. Oldham, 'Middle Axioms', from a Preparatory Volume for the Oxford Conference, 1937

Reinhold Niebuhr, 'God's Design and the Present Disorder of Civilisation', First Assembly of the WCC, Amsterdam, 1948

Report of Section III: Social Questions—the Responsible Society in a World Perspective, Second Assembly of the WCC, Evanston, 1954

Joseph Sittler, 'Called to Unity', Third Assembly of the WCC, New Delhi, 1961

Reports of Section I: Economic Development in a World Perspective, and Section II: The Nature and Function of the State in a Revolutionary Age, and Report of Working Group on Theological Issues and Social Ethics, World Conference on Church and Society, Geneva, 1966

'Bola Ige, Address to the World Conference on Church and Society, Geneva, 1966

Richard Shaull, 'The Revolutionary Challenge to Church and Theology', World Conference on Church and Society, Geneva, 1966

'Towards a New Christian Social Ethic and New Social Policies for the Churches', WCC Conference on Faith, Science and the Future, MIT, Boston, 1979

Julio de Santa Ana, ed., Towards a Church of the Poor,1979

Larnaca Declaration, WCC World Consultation on Diakonia, Larnaca, 1986

Ten Affirmations on Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation, WCC World Convocation on Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation, Seoul, 1990

VI. Mission and Evangelism: Towards Common Witness throughout the Earth

Introduction

V.S. Azariah, 'The Problem of Co-operation Between Foreign and Native Workers', World Missionary Conference, Edinburgh, 1910

'The Call to the Church' and 'The Relevance of the Church', from the Reports of Sections I and II, Meeting of the International Missionary Council, Tambaram, 1938

J.C. Hoekendijk, 'The Call to Evangelism', 1950

'Statement on the Missionary Calling of the Church', Meeting of the International Missionary Council, Willingen, 1952

D.T. Niles, Address to the Assembly of the East Asia Christian Conference, Kuala Lumpur, 1959

Lesslie Newbigin, 'The Missionary Dimension of the Ecumenical Movement', Third Assembly of the WCC, New Delhi, 1961

Final Report on the 'Missionary Structure of the Congregation', 1967

'Common Witness and Proselytism—a Study Document', Joint Working Group between the Roman Catholic Church and the WCC, 1970

Reports of Section I: Culture and Identity, and Section II: Salvation and Social Justice, Assembly of the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism, Bangkok, 1973

Lausanne Covenant, International Congress on World Evangelization, Lausanne, 1974

'Call for Moratorium', Report of the Third Assembly of the All Africa Conference of Churches, Lusaka, 1974

Ion Bria, 'The Liturgy after the Liturgy', 1978

Kosuke Koyama, 'The Crucified Christ Challenges Human Power', Conference on World Mission and Evangelism, Melbourne, 1980

'Mission and Evangelism—an Ecumenical Affirmation', WCC Commission on World Mission and Evangelism, 1982

'An Open Letter: Evangelicals at the Sixth Assembly of the WCC', Vancouver, 1983

'Common Witness', Joint Working Group between the Roman Catholic Church and the WCC, 1982

Anastasios of Androussa, Address of the Moderator, Conference on World Mission and Evangelism, San Antonio, 1989

VII. Dialogue with People of Other Faiths: Towards Better Understanding of Our Neighbours

Introduction

'The Call to the World', Meeting of the International Missionary Council, Jerusalem, 1928

Hendrik Kraemer, The Christian Message in a Non-Christian World, 1938

'Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions', Second Vatican Council, 1965

Georges Khodr, 'Christianity in a Pluralistic World—The Economy of the Holy Spirit', WCC Central Committee, 1971

S.J. Samartha, Address to the WCC Central Committee, 1971

'Guidelines on Dialogue with People of Living Faiths and Ideologies', WCC Sub-unit on Dialogue with People of Living Faiths and Ideologies, 1979

Leonard Swidler, 'The Dialogue Decalogue: Ground Rules for Interreligious Dialogue', 1983

Wesley Ariarajah, 'Dear Ranjith', 1982

'Religious Plurality: Theological Perspectives and Affirmations', WCC Sub-unit on Dialogue with People of Living Faiths Consultation, Baar, 1990

'Ecumenical Considerations on Jewish-Christian Dialogue', WCC Consultation on the Church and the Jewish People, 1982
'Issues in Christian-Muslim Relations', 1992

VIII. Marks of Ecumenical Community: Towards a Fellowship of Sharing, Learning and Participation

Introduction

Madeleine Barot, 'Considerations on the Need for a Theology of the Place of Women in the Church', 1955

Report of the Section on Scripture in New Community, WCC Conference on the Community of Women and Men in the Church, Sheffield, 1981

Elisabeth Behr-Sigel, 'Orthodox Traditions as a Resource for the Renewal of Women and Men in Community', WCC Conference on the Community of Women and Men in the Church, Sheffield, 1981

Nikos Nissiotis, 'The Charismatic Church and the Theology of the Laity', 1960

Resolution on Persons with Disabilities, Consultation on Church Union, USA, 1976

'Letter from Taizé', Preparing the Council of Young People, 1970

'Guidelines for Sharing', WCC World Consultation on Koinonia, El Escorial, 1987

Leslie Cooke, Summary Report, World Consultation on Inter-church Aid, Swanwick, 1966

Werner Simpfendörfer, 'Five Suggestions for Ecumenical Learning', 1984

Paulo Freire, 'Witness of Liberation', WCC Office of Education, 1970

'Ecumenical Formation', Joint Working Group between the Roman Catholic Church and the WCC, 1993

Leslie Boseto, 'People Are Security', Fifth International Consultation of United and Uniting Churches, Potsdam, 1987

Mercy Amba Oduyoye, 'The African Family as a Symbol of Ecumenism', 1988

IX. Councils of Churches: Towards an Understanding of Their Nature and Purpose

Introduction

'The Lund Principle', from the Report of the Third World Conference on Faith and Order, Lund, 1952

'The Church, the Churches and the World Council of Churches', WCC Central Committee, Toronto, 1950

'Basis', 'Functions and Purposes', and 'Authority', Constitution and Rules of the WCC, 1975
Lesslie Newbigin, Comment on the Toronto Statement, 1951

Lukas Vischer, 'Christian Councils—Instruments of Ecclesial Communion', World Consultation of Christian Councils, 1971

'Ecumenical Collaboration at the Regional, National and Local Levels', Vatican Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity, 1975

Report, Consultation on Orthodox Involvement in the WCC, Sofia, 1981

Report of an Inter-Orthodox Consultation on 'The Ecumenical Nature of Orthodox Witness', New Valamo, 1977

Jean Skuse, 'The Councils Serving the Churches in Their Mission of Justice, Peace and Service to the World', Second Consultation of National Councils of Churches, 1986

Huibert van Beek, Address to the Third International Consultation of National Councils of Churches, 1993
Willem Visser 't Hooft, Address to the WCC Central Committee, 1963

X. Prayer and Worship: Towards Conversion of the Heart

Introduction

Paul Couturier, 'Prayer and Christian Unity', 1944

Prayers from Venite Adoremus II, 1938

Roger Schutz, 'Keep Yourself in God's Presence, so that Unity May Come', 1962

'Prayers for Unity from Many Countries', Sixth Assembly of the WCC, Vancouver, 1983

Report of Section IV: Worship and the Oneness of Christ's Church, Fourth World Conference on Faith and Order, Montreal, 1963

'Public Worship', Report of the Pentecostal-Roman Catholic International Dialogue, 1976
Prayer on the Theme of the Seventh Assembly of the WCC, Canberra, 1991

Lukas Vischer, 'A Growing Fellowship of Mutual Intercession', 1980

Joan Brown Campbell, 'Prayer for an Ecumenical Organization', 1993

Eucharistic Prayer from the 'Lima Liturgy', WCC Commission on Faith and Order, Lima, 1982

'Ecumenical Affirmation of Baptism', Fifth World Conference on Faith and Order, Santiago de Compostela, 1993

Paul Crow, 'Ecumenism, Spirituality, and the Dark Night of the Soul', 1992

John Paul II, 'Ut Unum Sint: Encyclical on Commitment to Ecumenism', 1995

Prayers from the Former Yugoslavia, from With All God's People: The New Ecumenical Prayer Cycle, 1989
Desmond Tutu, Address to the Fifth World Conference on Faith and Order, Santiago de Compostela, 1993

Regional and Local Voices—from Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America, Pacific

Introduction

'The Church and Nationalism', First Assembly of the All Africa Conference of Churches, Kampala, 1963

'The Kairos Document', Christians in South Africa, 1985

Gabriel Setiloane, 'The Ecumenical Movement in Africa', 1985

Kim Yong Bock, 'The Mission of God in the Context of the Suffering and Struggling Peoples of Asia', Asia Mission Conference of the Christian Conference of Asia, 1989

Marlene Perera, 'An Asian Feminist Ecclesiology', Bossey Ecumenical Institute Seminar, 1994

Roy G. Neehall, 'Christian Witness and Mission in Caribbean Development', 1973

'Message', Christian Peace Conference, Prague, 1960

'Message', European Ecumenical Assembly— Peace with Justice, Basel, 1989

Hugh Cross, 'Local Ecumenical Projects in England', 1992

'Final Document', International Ecumenical Congress of Theology, Sao Paolo, 1980

Jon Sobrino, 'Bearing with One Another in Faith', 1982

Aram Keshishian, 'Unity and Mission from a Middle Eastern Perspective', 1990

Jean Vanier, from The Broken Body, 1988

James Cone, 'Black Ecumenism and the Liberation Struggle', 1986

Letty Russell, from Church in the Round, 1993

Jim Wallis, 'Renewing the Heart of Faith', 1993

Sione 'Amanaki Havea, Remarks at the Sixth Assembly of the WCC, Vancouver, 1983

Chronological List of Documents
Selected Bibliography
Index of Scripture References
Index of Subjects

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