Learning from J I Packer about principles for Christian unity

Jan 25, 2021 by

by Martin Davie: As this is the last day of this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight three quotations from chapter 3 of  J I Packer’s book Taking God Seriously [1] which are particularly relevant to discussions about Christian unity today. Unity as a present gift and a future goal. The first quotation is about how Christian unity is ‘both a present gift and a future goal.’ Packer writes: ‘As each Christian is in Christ and is one with him,...

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Top Muslim Torpedoes Interfaith Dialogue

Sep 28, 2020 by

by Jules Gomes, Church Militant: Italy’s top Muslim leader, whose organization supports Pope Francis’ pact with Islam, is causing acute embarrassment to Catholic apologists of interfaith dialogue after he insulted Jews and Christians as heretics. Yassine Baradai, national secretary of the Union of Islamic Communities of Italy (UCOII) — the largest umbrella organization of the Islamic communities in Italy — sparked outrage after trashing Judaism and Christianity as...

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CTE block appointment of fourth president because the nominee is in a same-sex marriage

Nov 23, 2019 by

by Hattie Williams, Church Times: ‘Empty-chair’ to replace Quaker candidate Hannah Brock Womack. THE appointment of a new President of Churches Together in England (CTE) has been blocked because the nominee is in a same-sex marriage. There are six Presidents of CTE, the Churches’ ecumenical instrument. They include the Archbishop of Canterbury and the RC Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols. The fourth presidency became vacant in October 2018, when Billy Kennedy finished his...

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The Church of England and the Methodist Church

Feb 9, 2018 by

by Frank Cranmer, Law and Religion UK: The Church of England General Synod has voted in favour of a motion welcoming the joint report, Mission and Ministry in Covenant, co-written by the two Churches’ faith and order bodies and published last year, setting out proposals on how clergy from each Church could become eligible to serve in the other. The motion acknowledges that there is further work to do to clarify a number of areas, including how the proposals would be worked out in practice...

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Sun shines on the latest ecumenical cricket innings in Rome

Oct 27, 2017 by

Last week, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s XI returned to Rome, the scene of their defeat in 2015 at the hands of a Vatican team. Paul Handley went with them. THE theologians have been missing a trick. High-level ecumenical discussions have their place, but there is one element that breaks down barriers between Churches faster than anything else: fun. The visit to Rome last week by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s XI, a cricket team made up of English clergy and ordinands, happened to coincide...

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Is the ecumenical project any more than just politeness?

Oct 13, 2016 by

CEN Editorial: The meeting in Rome between the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis, was widely reported. Dr Welby gave his pectoral cross to Francis in a grand gesture of goodwill and brotherhood in the faith. But he also said that there were major differences between the two communions over women bishops and clergy, and also over ‘sexuality’. Why the Archbishop stated this latter as a disagreement is a major surprise to the people of the Church of England – as far as...

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