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Towards a common vision
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Susan Durber and Paul Goodliff are coming together in February at Westminster Abbey to reflect on The Church: Towards a Common Vision and Principles of Christian Law.

This day conference on Saturday 8 February 2020, open to all, is hosted by the Society for Ecumenical Studies. 

  • Revd Dr Susan Durber (United Reformed Minister and Moderator of the World Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission) will be speaking about the process of analysing the churches’ responses to the WCC Faith and Order text The Church: Towards a Common Vision. The process of analysis reflection is not yet complete, but Susan will reflect on the work she is doing as one of those receiving the responses and on the key themes that are emerging. She says: After the recent publication of the Roman Catholic response we are probably at the end of receiving responses and it is possible to begin to draw some tentative conclusions. There are things to say about mission, about how we might now understand ‘visible unity’, about steps forward and about the many steps still to take, and even some newly difficult challenges as we seek the unity for which Christ prayed.
  • Revd Dr Paul Goodliff, CTE's General Secretary, will report on a new and unique ecumenical venture. 'Juridical ecumenism' attempts to find common ground in the canon laws, rules, norms and principles in each of a number of different church traditions — among them Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Anglican, Reformed, Lutheran, Baptist and Pentecostal. A remarkable degree of conformity has been discovered in this cutting-edge approach to ecumenism, and it has opened up a new pathway in ecumenical studies and development. Visit CTE's web page for more information.

When and where?

Saturday 8 February 2020, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm at Cheyneygates, Westminster Abbey, London SW1P 3PA.
Nearest underground station: Westminster.


SfES members £10; non-members £20. The cost includes a light lunch.

Register now

Please book by clicking this link.

More information

Download the flyer or contact Alison Evans, the Secretary of the Society for Ecumenical Studies.

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