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Parish Ecumenism


Date Postedposted on 01 January 1900
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Inviting Christians from other traditions to share in ecumenical encounter and dialogue, such as in faith-sharing meetings, small communities or other and projects for study groups, must not be seen or used as an exercise in persuading them to become Catholic. We invite fellow Christians as friends and neighbours to take part so that we can learn from them, and so that our own Catholic faith will become more profound.


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Date Postedposted on 01 January 1900

101 ways to foster Christian unity in your parish


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Date Postedposted on 01 January 1900

When you explore the possibility of a parish small community or a faith-sharing group that will involve people from different Christian churches and traditions, ensure you consult clergy and lay leaders of these churches at an early stage, especially by following the general suggestions for a meeting given earlier (see Making Ecumenical Contact).


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Date Postedposted on 01 January 1900

Many in our Diocese have found that faith-sharing communities are especially imaginative and encouraging both in helping individuals to put their Catholic faith more deeply into words and practice, and in helping the parish to benefit and grow through peoples greater involvement and understanding.


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Date Postedposted on 01 January 1900

A few things to consider when making ecumenical contact


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Date Postedposted on 01 January 1900

International, national and local dialogue and sharing have served as the principal vehicles for achieving greater progress toward the unity of all Christians. Dioceses and parishes are always encouraged to seek new ways to continue this dialogue and come closer together in spirituality and service.


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Date Postedposted on 01 January 1900

If it does not already have one, your parish could form an ecumenical small community, or a group for faith-sharing, encounter and exchange, or for some special programme or event. Or an existing group could, where appropriate, be developed and enriched with ecumenical participation.


Diocese of Westminster
Date Postedposted on 01 January 1900

The ecumenical activity, service, witness, friendship and contact are the core of the Dioceses overall work in rediscovering Christian Unity and building communion. In the local setting, through informal and official contacts, meetings, small communities, groups, programmes and events, Catholics and their fellow Christians see the connections between faith and life.


Diocese of Westminster
Date Postedposted on 01 January 1900

Some hints and tips to consider ahead of making contact with those of other Christian traditions.


Diocese of Westminster
Date Postedposted on 01 January 1900

When you explore the possibility of a parish small community or a faith-sharing group that will involve people from different Christian churches and traditions, ensure you consult clergy and lay leaders of these churches at an early stag.


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