In over fifty years of formal ecumenical dialogue, Anglicans and Roman Catholics have come a long way in terms of the agreement in faith that exists between our two churches. And yet, at the grassroots, often these breakthroughs are not that widely known. The official reports and agreed statements sometimes end up simply gathering dust on library shelves. We think that should change. And we believe that part of that change can come by telling some new stories. These are true stories of Anglican and Roman Catholic connections and partnerships in the real world, made possible by what the ecumenical movement has achieved. It brings texts to life in the lives of real people and places. We hope you enjoy them, and that hearing these stories may inspire you to create your own new stories where you live as well.
These reflections began with a group of people who spent some time wondering together about big questions. This project emerged from the work of the Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue of Canada. It arose out of growing awareness of the changing tenor of questions in our culture surrounding religion. Ordinary Canadians seemed less concerned about the question of how to foster unity between divided Christian churches and more inclined to ask a few basic questions: Why Christianity? Why the church? Why organized religion at all?
Ces réflexions ont commencé par un groupe de personnes qui ont passé du temps à réfléchir ensemble à d’importantes questions. Ce projet est issu du travail du dialogue entre anglicans et catholiques romains du Canada. Il a émergé de la prise de conscience croissante du changement dans la teneur des questions concernant la religion dans notre culture. Les Canadiennes et Canadiens moyens semblent moins préoccupés par la manière de favoriser l’unité entre des Églises chrétiennes divisées et plus enclins à se poser quelques questions de base: Pourquoi le christianisme? Pourquoi l’Église? Pourquoi, à tout prendre, une religion organisée?
The work of an ecumenical dialogue conversation is documented in the agreed statements and reports that it issues. The statements and reports represent the views of the participants. Although the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is represented on these dialogues and conversations, the texts have not been officially endorsed by the CCCB nor do they necessarily have the approval of the Catholic Bishops of Canada or of the Anglican Church of Canada.
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