Apostolicity and Unity

Apostolicity and Unity

by Roy Gregory, Ola Tjorhom


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Apostolicity and Unity by Roy Gregory, Ola Tjorhom

Apostolicity and Unity explores the purpose and potential of the Porvoo Common Statement (PCS), a major ecumenical agreement between the Anglican churches in Great Britain and Ireland and the Lutheran churches in the Nordic and Baltic nations. First presented in 1992 and now affirmed by ten signatory churches, the PCS provides the basis for church fellowship for approximately fifty percent of the so-called Protestant Christians in Europe. Porvoo is the European parallel to the Called to Common Mission statement arising out of the Episcopal-Lutheran dialogue in the United States. Written by church leaders and theologians who have long worked for the cause of church unity, this volume discusses key aspects of the PCS, including the nature of the church, the basic characteristics of church unity, and the church's mission in the world. Special emphasis is placed on the theological core of the PCS -- its understanding of apostolicity and apostolic continuity, and its proposal of how different signs of such continuity can be shared between the churches within the framework of communion. Critical contributions from members of other church traditions round out the volume by assessing the wider ecumenical significance of the PCS.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9782825413753
Publisher: World Council of Churches/Conseil Oecumenique des Eglises
Publication date: 01/01/2002
Pages: 271
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

I.The Background and Framework of the Porvoo Common Statement--The Reception and Implementation of the Statement in the Churches
The Background and Genesis of the Porvoo Common Statement3
Porvoo in the Context of the Worldwide Anglican-Lutheran Dialogue15
The African Anglican-Lutheran Commission and the Porvoo Common Statement34
Reflections on the Reception and Implementation of Porvoo in the Churches
In England47
In Ireland53
In Finland59
In Estonia65
In Norway70
The Danish "No" to Porvoo76
II.Central Theological Concerns in the Porvoo Common Statement--Ecclesiology, Unity, Episcopacy, Apostolicity, and Mission
The Doctrine of the Church in the Porvoo Common Statement89
The Ecclesiology of the Porvoo Common Statement--A Lutheran Perspective98
The Concept of Unity in the Porvoo Common Statement: Visible Unity and Ecclesial Diversity114
Some Observations Concerning the Unity Concept of the Porvoo Common Statement132
Sign but Not Guarantee: Reflections on the Place of the Historic Succession of Bishops Within the Apostolic Continuity of the Church in Some Current Ecumenical Texts146
Apostolicity and Apostolic Succession in the Porvoo Common Statement--Necessary or a Mere "Optional Extra" in the Church's Life?162
Apostolicity and Succession in the Porvoo Common Statement: Without Confusion, Without Separation182
The Sending and Mission of the Church in the Porvoo Common Statement201
III.The Significance of Porvoo Beyond the Signatory Churches--A Concluding Ecumenical Perspective
The Porvoo Common Statement from a Catholic Perspective219
The Porvoo Common Statement: An Orthodox Response231
The Porvoo Common Statement: A Methodist Response245
The Porvoo Common Statement and the Leuenberg Concord--Are They Compatible?258

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