Ecumenical Course in Zaragoza, Spain

Ecumenical Course in Zaragoza, Spain

The former Carthusian Monastery (Cartuja Aula Dei) in Zaragoza, Spain, hosted a week of Ecumenical Studies from 10 to 17 November 2019. Every week since 2013, this week, in response to a request from the Communauté du Chemin Neuf, has been carried out by the Strasbourg Institute in conjunction with the diocese of this city. This year, commemorating the signing of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification 20 years ago, focused on the doctrine of salvation, which is today the focal point of foundational consensus.

“Truth does not fear dialogue”

“Truth does not fear dialogue”

Ecumenical Symposium in New York    

In an encyclical from 2010 the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople pointed out as leitmotif for the dialogue of the Orthodox Church with plural societies: “Truth does not fear dialogue.” Taking up this motif, a symposium took place on 13 and 14 November 2019 at Saint Peter’s Church in New York, focusing on ecumenical dialogue.

“We Believe in the Holy Spirit”

“We Believe in the Holy Spirit”

LWF Consultation in Addis Ababa

To grow together as a community of Lutheran churches requires an understanding of what constitutes this community in its diversity and unity. The LWF has therefore opted for a study process spanning several years, with the goal of better understanding Lutheran identity or identities in a global context.

40th Anniversary of the Protestant Council of Strasbourg

40th Anniversary of the Protestant Council of Strasbourg

In November 1979 the Protestant Council of Strasbourg was founded. It includes the Protestant communities from the metropolitan area of ​​Strasbourg as well as the communities of the adjacent German city of Kehl. Even the historic free churches (Baptists, Methodists, Pentecostals, and Mennonites) were founding members. Catholics and Orthodox are involved as guests. The CPS currently comprises 81 congregations, half of which are new communities (including those from the city of Kehl) that are not part of any historic church and organized on a congregationalist basis. This corresponds to the French situation in which such communities include more believers than traditional denominations.

Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Joint Declaration in Lyon and Strasbourg

Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Joint Declaration in Lyon and Strasbourg

In France, there have been two church unions of Lutheran and Reformed churches over the past 15 years. In 2006 the Union of the Protestant Churches of Alsace and Lorraine was formed in Alsace-Lorraine, and in the other regions of the country the United Protestant Church of France formed in 2013.