Press Release No: 01/21
21 January 2021
Contributions made to the Conference on “The Hope of Communion: From 1920 to 2020” have now premiered on CEC YouTube channel. The playlist features video presentations from renowned theologians and church leaders from across Europe and beyond.
The conference organised by the Conference of European Churches (CEC) together with the Louvain Centre for Eastern and Oriental Christianity (LOCEOC) was held from 16 to 17 December 2020.
The speakers at the conference reflected on the significance and impact that the two landmark ecumenical texts from 1920 had on the ecumenical dialogue: “The Patriarchal Encyclical Letter to the Churches of Christ Everywhere” issued by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and “The Appeal to all Christian People” issued by the Lambeth Conference of Anglican Bishops.
The conference also examined the expectations for unity formulated in these texts, exploring their role in subsequent ecumenical developments and focusing on the hope of communion for relations between the churches today.
Watch presentations from the conference:
- Greetings from CEC Vice-Presidents, Rt. Rev. Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani and H.E. Metropolitan Cleopas of Sweden and All Scandinavia and LOCEOC Coordinator Prof. Joseph Verheyden
- The 1920 Encyclical and the Self Understanding of the World Council of Churches by Rev. Dr Odair Pedroso Mateus, World Council of Churches
- The Lambeth Appeal and the Appeal of Britain by Rev. Canon Prof. Mark D. Chapman, University of Oxford – Ripon College
- The Contribution and Ecumenical Vision of Metropolitan Germanos Strenopoulos and Professor Hamilcar Alivizatos for a “Koinonia of Churches” by Prof. Stylianos Tsompanidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (PDF)
- The 1920 Synodal Encyclical of Constantinople: The Vision for the Church’s Mission in the World by Ms Natallia Vasilevich, Council of Christian Churches in Germany
- Developing a Roman Catholic View on Unity: From the Malines Conversations to Vatican II by Prof. Peter De Mey, KU Leuven
- Communion and Context: Discerning Koinonia on the Ground by Dr Andrew Pierce, Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin
- The Challenges to the Goal of Full Visible Unity and the Shift from Organic Unity to Reconciled Diversity by Prof. Michael Root, Catholic University of America
- Visible Unity in Reconciled Diversity? How to Continue the Mission of Charta Oecumenica by Prof. Friederike Nüssel, Heidelberg University
- Visible Unity: Still Our Hope? by Rev. Canon Dr Jeremy Worthen, Church of England
- Reflections on the Conference: 100 years of Hope on the Path to Communion by H.E. Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, Ecumenical Patriarchate
For more information or an interview, please contact:
Conference of European Churches
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