Saturday, March 5, 2011

World Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission

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):

The Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches has an aim integral to the work of the WCC: “to proclaim the oneness of the church of Jesus Christ and to call the churches to the goal of visible unity.” The chief means of achieving this goal is through study programs dealing with theological questions that divide the churches. The Faith and Order plenary commission (on which I currently have the privilege of serving as a representative of the Baptist World Alliance) has 120 members—pastors, laypersons, academics, and church leaders from around the world—each nominated by his or her church. The Faith and Order Commission includes the full membership and participation of several other churches who are not members of the WCC, among them the Roman Catholic Church. Thirty members of this Commission constitute the Faith and Order standing commission, who meet at least every 18 months and guide the study programs of Faith and Order.

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