As the 500th anniversary of the reformation approaches in 2017, Lutherans and Roman Catholics are mindful of an historic opportunity for ecumenical cooperation.
The Rev. Dr. William G. Rusch, an internationally regarded ecumenist and member of Saint Peter's Church, presents an overview of "From Conflict to Communion," a joint publication of the Lutheran World Federation and the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity.
All are welcome to share a light supper and conversation. Wednesdays, February 25 and March 4, 11 & 18 beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the Living Room of Saint Peter's Church. Come at 6:00 P.M. to celebrate Vespers.
What leaders are saying"On this occasion, for the first time, Lutherans and Catholics will have the opportunity to share one ecumenical commemoration throughout the world, not in the form of a triumphalistic celebration, but as the profession of our common faith in the Triune God."
"By concentrating together on the centrality of the question of God and on a Christocentric approach, Lutherans and Catholics will have the possibility of an ecumenical commemoration of the Reformation, not simply in a pragmatic way, but in the deep sense of faith in the crucified and resurrected Christ, whom Luther has brought to light again."
Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
"One of the principles for the Lutheran World Federation (A communion of Churches) in commemorating the Reformation is to do so in a spirit of ecumenical accountability. We therefore welcome the opportunity to explore ways to build on the longstanding dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church to begin to plan a joint event in the lead-up to 2017. From Conflict to Communion is offering us a good basis for these explorations."
The Rev. Martin Junge, General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation, a communion of churches