April in Strasbourg, the European Churches signed the Charta Oecumenica. They committed themselves to promote peace and social justice on the European . Jointly issued by the Conference of European Churches and the Roman Catholic Council of European Bishops’ Conferences, the Charta. : Charting Churches in a Changing Europe: Charta Oecumenica and the Process of Ecumenical Encounter (Currents of Encounter 28).

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At least implicitly this discussion raises questions about the nature of catholicity and communion, a topic the following four essays address.

In the spirit of the Gospel, we must reappraise together the oecuumenica of the Christian churches, which has been marked by many beneficial experiences but also by schisms, hostilities and even armed conflicts. Europe – from the Atlantic to the Urals, from the North Cape to the Mediterranean – is today more pluralist in culture than ever before.

Charting Churches in a Changing Europe. Charta Oecumenica and the Process of Ecumenical Encounter

Get to Know Us. The widespread lack of corporate and individual orientation and falling away from Christian values challenge Christians to testify to their oecumeniica, particularly in response to the quest for meaning which is being pursued in so many forms. We are convinced that the spiritual heritage of Christianity constitutes an empowering source of inspiration and enrichment for Oecumenicaa.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. We ask God for forgiveness for anti-Jewish attitudes among Christians, and we ask our Jewish sisters and brothers for reconciliation.


Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Four theologians, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Lutheran, respond to this document, assessing its strengths and the areas where further development is required.

Professor Reinhard Frieling, former director of the EKD’s Institute for Inter-Confessional Research, is one of the authors on the eight-person international editorial group for the Charta. More than participants at the sixth “European Ecumenical Meeting” in Strasbourg received the Charta in blue rucksacks, to take with them for practical implementation in their home Churches.


Ecumenism therefore begins for Christians with the renewal of our hearts and the willingness to repent and change our ways. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. On the basis of our Christian faith, we work towards a humane, socially conscious Europe, in which human rights and the basic values of peace, justice, freedom, tolerance, participation and solidarity prevail. Muslims have lived in Europe for centuries. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

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We want to take seriously the critical oeucmenica of others, and try together to conduct fair discussions with them. We condemn any form of violence against the human person, particularly against women and children. North-South differences lamented In the document, the Churches warn about the disintegration of Europe into a stable west and desolate east and lament at the same time the differences between north and south.

Our faith helps us to learn from the past, and to make our Christian faith and love for our neighbours a source of hope for morality and ethics, for education and culture, and for political and economic life, in Europe and throughout the world.

At the same time we must avoid Eurocentricity and heighten Europe’s sense of responsibility for the whole of humanity, particularly for the poor all over the world.

However, it has no magisterial or dogmatic character, nor is it legally binding under church law. Currents of Encounter Book 28 Paperback: The churches support an integration of the European continent.

Human guilt, lack of love and the frequent abuse of faith and the church for political interests have severely damaged the credibility of the Christian witness. Its authority will derive from the voluntary commitments of the European churches and ecumenical organisations. There is no alternative to dialogue. We deplore and condemn all manifestations of anti-Semitism, all outbreaks of hatred and persecutions. We commit ourselves to work for structures of peace, based on the non-violent resolution of conflicts.


Through the centuries Europe has developed a primarily Christian character in religious and cultural terms. Because we value the person and dignity of every individual as made in the image of God, we defend the absolutely equal value of oecumeniac human beings. Read more Read less. Be charha first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: Yet a distinction must be made between the communities with which dialogues and encounters are to be sought, and those which should be warned against from the Christian standpoint.

The Charta Oecumenicaa ground-breaking document from the Conference of Churches in Europe and oecumenkca Council of European Bishops’ Conferences, aimed to set forth the ecumenical response of the European Christian Churches to the living out of faith in today’s world. They committed themselves to promote peace and social justice on the European continent and to act in the interests of Church unity. We are bound up in a unique community with the people Israel, the people of the Covenant which God has never terminated.

If we are to be faithful to this prayer, we cannot be content with the present situation. The plurality of religious and non-confessional beliefs and ways of life has become a feature of European culture.