Apostolicity and Unity
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"Apostolicity and Unity" explores the purpose and potential of the Porvoo Common Statement (PCS), a major ecumenical agreement between the Anglican churches in Great Britain and Ireland and the Lutheran churches in the Nordic and Baltic nations. First presented in 1992 and now affirmed by ten signatory churches, the PCS provides the basis for church fellowship for approximately fifty percent of the so-called Protestant Christians in Europe. Porvoo is the European parallel to the Called to Common Mission statement arising out of the Episcopal-Lutheran dialogue in the United States.^Written by church leaders and theologians who have long worked for the cause of church unity, this volume discusses key aspects of the PCS, including the nature of the church, the basic characteristics of church unity, and the church's mission in the world. Special emphasis is placed on the theological core of the PCS -- its understanding of apostolicity and apostolic continuity, and its proposal of how different signs of such continuity can be shared between the churches within the framework of communion. Critical contributions from members of other church traditions round out the volume by assessing the wider ecumenical significance of the PCS. Contributors: Sebastian Bakare^Brian E. Beck^Peter C. Bouteneff^Juhani Forsberg^Tore Furberg^Charles Hill^John Hind^Heinrich Holze^Peter Lodberg^Harding Meyer^John Neill^Kirsten Busch Nielsen^Tiit Padam^James F. Puglisi^Michael Root^Risto Saarinen^Jan Schumacher^Stephen W. Sykes^Mary Tanner^Ola Tjorhom^David Tustin
Preface by George Carey and K. G. Hammar
This book investigates the Porvoo Common Statement (PCS), asignificant recent document providing the basis for church fellowshipbetween the Anglican churches of Great Britain and Irelandand the Lutheran churches in the Nordic and Baltic nations.
Written by church leaders who have worked for the cause ofchurch unity, these chapters discuss several aspects of the PCS, such as the nature and purpose of the church, the basic characteristicsof church unity, and the church's mission in the world.
Contributors: Sebastian Bakare
Brian E. Beck
Peter C. Bouteneff
Kirsten Busch Nielsen
James F. Puglisi
Stephen W. Sykes
Ola Tjorhom is a Norwegian Lutheran minister who converted to Roman Catholicism in 2003. Formerly Tjrhom belonged to the Norwegian School of Mission and Theology in Stavanger and was active in ecumenical activities. Tjorhom's conversion has occasioned attention not only in his native country but also in the ecumenical movement all over the world. He is the author of Embodied Faith: Reflections on a Materialist Spirituality.