Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ecumenical dialogue texts--Documentary History of Faith and Order 1963-1993, ed. Gassmann

Continuing a series of posts calling attention to selected resources featured in Appendix 1, "Resources for Ecumenical Engagement," in Ecumenism Means You, Too: Ordinary Christians and the Quest for Christian Unity (Cascade Books, 2010):

G√ľnther Gassmann (ed.), Documentary History of Faith and Order 1963-1993 (Geneva: WCC Publications, 1993) includes a number of key ecumenical dialogue texts that have resulted from the work of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches during a key period in the evolution of the Faith and Order stream of the modern ecumenical movement. The three decades between the fourth and fifth world conferences on Faith and Order (Montreal 1963 and Santiago de Compostela 1993) were a period of important and creative work by the WCC’s Commission on Faith and Order. While continuing and deepening ecumenical theological discussions that date back to the first world conference in 1927, several major studies have significantly advanced the search for the visible unity of the church. At the same time, the constituency of Faith and Order broadened, particularly through the full participation in the commission of the Roman Catholic Church. Gassmann introduces the texts, setting them in their historical context and linking them together.

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