• Address at the Second Assembly of the World Council of Churches, Evanston, Illinois

      Eisenhower, Dwight D. (The American Presidency Project, 1954-08-19)
      Address by US President Dwight D. Eisenhower to the Second Assembly of the World Council of Churches, Evanston, Illinois, 15-31 August 1954
    • Religious Freedom and the World Council of Churches

      Vischer, Lukas (1926-2008) (PAULIST PRESS, 1966)
      When we compare the Declaration on Religious Freedom of Vatican Council II with the texts produced by the generalassemblies of the World Council of Churches in Amsterdam (1948) and New Delhi (1961), we see that there is a large measure of agreement. Yet the scope of the problem is not identical for all parties concerned. -After World War I many factors in Western Europe shook the assumption that the inhabitants of a given region were themembersof a given Church. The missionary movement and the gradual emergence of “young Churches” prepared the way for a new and deeper understanding of the nature of the Church. During the rule of Nazism in Germany the “Confessing Church” was an attempt to preserve the Church’s freedom within a Church and a State that were menaced by a false ideology or had already yielded to it. –In 1937, the Oxford Conference dealt with the nature of those freedoms which the Church could claim from the State. Thisdiscussion expandedin the course of time. The Churches could hardly claim freedom for themselves without likewise claiming it for others. Finally, religious freedomwas considered an essential condition for international organizationslike the World Council of Churches.The ecumenical movement had beeninaugurated to precipitate dialogue andto work together as a community. TheOxford Conference called upon the Churches “to guard against the sin of themselves conniving at repression of Churches and religious bodies of a faith and order differing from their own”. It regarded mutual respect as an opportunity for Christian witness, since it is by setting an example of tolerance that the Churches actually promote international understanding. The conferenceheld the view that aChurch which tries to attract the members of another Church by non-spiritual means (proselytism) makes it impossible for the Churches to live together. Their communion in Christ imposes upon the Churches a positive responsibility for each other. -Vatican Council II barely treated this aspect of religious freedom.One question has yet tobe discussedin the ecumenical movement: How far is the Church itself a community based on freedom? Where must we draw the line between a plurality that strengthens the witness to Christ and a plurality that destroys it?If the Churches are expected to set “an example of freedom to all”, as the Oxford Conference put it, this question is of decisive importance. The Churches should formulate their convictions in common. There is no need to stress the value of such a witness in a world whose order is imperilled by a false absolutismandundermined by indifference toward the truth as the source of life, respectively.
    • Liturgie eucharistique de Lima — Conseil œcuménique des Églises

      Programmes du COE, 1982-01-01
      La liturgie de Lima est un service eucharistique (Sainte Cène) exprimant, sous une forme liturgique possible, la convergence ecclésiologique sur l'eucharistie réalisée dans le texte de Foi et constitution Baptême, eucharistie, ministère (BEM). Elle tire son nom du fait qu'elle a été utilisée pour la première fois lors de la réunion de la Commission plénière de Foi et constitution à Lima, Pérou, en 1982 - la réunion qui approuva le BEM pour transmission aux Eglises en vue d'une réaction officielle.
    • Liturgia eucarística de Lima — Consejo Mundial de Iglesias

      Programas del CMI, 1982-01-01
      La Liturgia de Lima es un servicio eucarístico (Santa Comunión) que expresa, en una de las formas litúrgicas posibles, la convergencia eclesiológica sobre la eucaristía que se ha logrado en el documento
    • Die Eucharistische Liturgie von Lima — Ökumenischer Rat der Kirchen

      ÖRK-Programme, 1982-01-01
      Die Lima-Liturgie ist ein eucharistischer Gottesdienst (Abendmahlsgottesdienst), der in einer von mehreren denkbaren liturgischen Formen die ekklesiologische Konvergenz über die Eucharistie zum Ausdruck bringt, die in dem Text Taufe, Eucharistie und Amt (BEM) von Glauben und Kirchenverfassung enthalten ist. Die Liturgie wird so genannt, weil sie zum ersten Mal auf der Tagung des Plenums der Kommission für Glauben und Kirchenverfassung 1982 in Lima, Peru, verwendet wurde. Auf jener Tagung wurde der Text auch zur Weitergabe an die Kirchen gebilligt und wurden diese um offizielle Stellungnahmen gebeten.
    • The eucharistic liturgy of Lima — World Council of Churches

      WCC Programmes, 1982-01-01
      The Lima Liturgy is a Eucharistic (Holy Communion) service expressing, in one possible liturgical form, the ecclesiological convergence on the eucharist reached in the Faith and Order text Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry (BEM). It is so named because it was first used at the Faith and Order Plenary Commission meeting in Lima, Peru in 1982 - the meeting which approved BEM for transmission to the churches for official response.
    • Bautismo, Eucaristía, Ministerio (Documento de Fe y Constitución Nº 111, "Texto de Lima") — Consejo Mundial de Iglesias

      Comisiones del CMI, 1982-01-15
      En este conocido texto, aprobado por la Comisión Plenaria de Fe y Constitución reunida en Lima (Perú), en 1982, se examina el acuerdo cada vez mayor - así como las diferencias que aún subsisten - en ámbitos fundamentales de la fe y la vida de las iglesias. BEM, el documento ecuménico más ampliamente distribuido y estudiado, ha servido de base para muchos acuerdos de
    • Baptême, Eucharistie, Ministère (document de Foi et constitution n° 111, "texte de Lima") — Conseil œcuménique des Églises

      Commissions du COE, 1982-01-15
      Ce célèbre texte, adopté par la Commission plénière Foi et constitution lors de sa réunion de Lima (Pérou) en 1982, fait le point sur l'accord toujours plus grand - et les différences qui subsistent - dans des domaines fondamentaux de la foi et de la vie des Eglises. Document le plus largement diffusé et étudié de Foi et constitution, le BEM a servi de base à de nombreux accords de
    • Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry (Faith and Order Paper no. 111, the "Lima Text") — World Council of Churches

      WCC commissions and working groups, 1982-01-15
      This famous text, adopted by Faith and Order at its plenary commission meeting in Lima, Peru in 1982, explores the growing agreement - and remaining differences - in fundamental areas of the churches' faith and life. The most widely-distributed and studied ecumenical document, BEM has been a basis for many "mutual recognition" agreements among churches and remains a reference today.
    • Ecumenical Considerations on Jewish-Christian Dialogue — World Council of Churches

      WCC Programmes, 1982-07-16
      In 1975 the Consultation on the Church and the Jewish People (CCJP) voted to begin the process that has borne fruit in these Ecumenical Considerations on Jewish-Christian dialogue. The first step was to request preparatory papers from the various regions with experience in Jewish-Christian dialogue. When the Central Committee adopted "Guidelines on Dialogue" in 1979, work on developing specific suggestions for Jewish-Christian dialogue began and, after a period of drafting and revisions, a draft was presented for comments to the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC), the CCJP's primary Jewish dialogue partner. After discussion in the DFI Working Group in 1980, a revised draft was circulated among interested persons in the churches and comments solicited. Many and substantial comments and suggestions were received.When it met in London Colney, England, in June 1981, the CCJP adopted its final revisions and submitted them to the DFI Working Group, which adopted them at its meeting in Bali, Indonesia, 2 January 1982, having made its own revisions at a few points. On the advice of the February 1982 WCC Executive Committee, various concerned member churches and various members of the CCJP were further consulted in order to revise and re-order the text. The result, "Ecumenical Considerations on Jewish-Christian Dialogue", was "received and commended to the churches for study and action" by the Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches at Geneva on 16 July 1982.
    • "SAY 'NO'", by Wolfgang Borchert — World Council of Churches

      WCC Programmes, 1983-08-05
      This poem was written in 1947 a few days before Borchert died at the age of 26. The following is an adaptation of the German version, first prepared by youth participants at the vigil for peace and justice at the WCC Assembly in Vancouver in 1983
    • Peace Vigil Meditation by Dr Philip Potter — World Council of Churches

      WCC Assembly, 1983-08-05
      A night-long vigil for peace on 5 August 1983 at the WCC 6th Assembly in Vancouver commemorated the atomic bombing of Hiroshima 38 years earlier. Meditation by the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Philip Potter
    • An eye-witness account of Hiroshima — World Council of Churches

      WCC Programmes, 1983-08-05
      (Suggested as a possible reading at prayers for peace on Hiroshima Day)
    • Prayer for peace — World Council of Churches

      WCC Assembly, 1983-08-05
      On 5 August 1983, on the eve of the Hiroshima bombing's 38th anniversary, the WCC Assembly held a night-long vigil for peace.