Reformation and the making of Ecclesial Identities

The painting depicts Ecclesia militans and refers to the Ecclesia triumphans, including those who lost their lives during the pandemic. The flames represent the prayers people offer all around the world despite restrictions regarding church attendance. The church buildings represent the different Christian traditions in Europe. Despite their dogmatic and other differences, they stand together in the time of pain, uncertainty, fear and death. The two symbols of the Eucharist stand as a hopeful remembrance of the eschatological nature of the Christian communion. © CEC/Nikos Kosmidis

“Reformation and the making of Ecclesial Identities” seminar was organised by CEC from 21 – 22 November 2017 at the Ecumenical Center in Brussels.

Prof. Martin Friedrich, Study Secretary of CPCE presented on “A common Protestant understanding of the Church. The CPCE study “The Church of Jesus Christ” and its roots in the ecclesiological thinking of Luther, Zwingli and Calvin, Rt Rev. Dr Martin Lind, Church of Sweden, Lutheran Church in Great Britain presented on The Hidden and the Visible God – A Lutheran Ecclesiology, Rev. Dr Valentin Wendebourg, Theological Advisor, EKD office in Brussels presented on Reformation and Ecclesial Plurality in Germany today, Prof. Anne-Marie Mayer, Theology and Religious Studies, KU presented on From divisive identity markers to ecumenical milestones: A Catholic Perspective, Rev. Dr Jack McDonald, Central Committee President, Belg. Anglican Church presented on Richard Hooker: Anglicanism and (non-)Ecclesiology, Dr Arto Hämäläinen, Chairman of WMC/PWF and Senior Advisor of PEF presented on Reformation – Fostering or Impeding World Missions?, Ms. Harkovich Natalia, Head of Historical Department, Ecumena, Belarus presented on The “provoked” Reformation: the process inside the Orthodox Church in the PolishLithuanian State (end of 16th – beginning of 17th century), Dr Tamara Grdzelidze, Ambassador of Georgia to the Holy See presented on How we interpret one another: Orthodox and reformed in Ecumenical Dialogue, Rev. Dr Anne-Cathy Graber, Mennonite World Conference presented on Being a Peace Church: from 16th Century Anabaptist Identity to a 21st Century Mennonite: Identity – Ecumenical Dialogue as a Necessity for Ecclesial Identity.

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