The Authority of the Church in the World
2000 through 2007, in response to requests from participating churches and
other sending bodies, the Faith and Order Commission engaged in a study of
the Authority of the Church. During the 2000-2003 period, two groups worked
on the topic, one studying Authority in the Church and the other, the
Authority of the Church in the World. One completed outcome of this work was a
response of the Commission to a Roman Catholic document, A Petrine
Ministry: A Working Paper, seeking to learn how the pope
can carry out the ministry he is called to exercise by the
self-understanding of the Catholic Church, in a manner that all may perceive
as a "ministry of love," and that fosters the unity of the
churches. The response, completed in 2003, is available here.
As part of the Study Group's work, various Faith and Order members composed papers on the Authority of the Church from their respective church's perspective. These 24 communion reflections are collected with an introductory essay here.
A reflection by the Faith and Order Commission in light of the World Council of Churches document, The Nature and Reflection of the Church.
The story that unfolds here is one that portrays several struggles and breakthroughs during an eight-year period of ecumenical discussion that revolved around the themes of justification, salvation, and justice.
The Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches USA (NCC) prepared for its 50th anniversary last year (2007) with a clear eye on the next generation of theological leaders in the ecumenical movement. One of the projects that emerged is a new online electronic journal written and edited by younger theologians and judged by senior scholars. Watch this space for developments.
2008-2011 Study Groups
In planning the study group topics for the 2008-2011 quadrennium, the Future Studies Committee has heard from the member churches of the NCCC and from the non-member churches. We have tried to initiate studies that are both relevant and critical at this stage in our ecumenical journey.
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An Appreciation of Susan Davies