Magazine article Anglican Journal

Ecumenism Inseparable Part of Mission, Says Bishop (Mark Dyer)

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Ecumenism Inseparable Part of Mission, Says Bishop (Mark Dyer)

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PANAMA CITY - Ecumenism is an inseparable part of the mission of the church to spread the Good News about Jesus Christ, says an American bishop.

Bishop Mark Dyer said the necessity for ecumenism - ultimately the unity of all Christian churches - comes from Jesus' words to his disciples the night before he was crucified, when he prayed that his followers might be one "in order that the world may believe."

Bishop Dyer said Christian unity is a sign to the world of the Kingdom of God. Consequently, he said, disunity is also a sign to the world, one that makes it hard for people to accept the Gospel when churches can't themselves agree on religious essentials.

He said Anglicans have an especially important role to play in ecumenical discussions because of their ability to work and pray together as a worldwide church, although their is no central authority. The 36 major regional divisions of the Church are self-governing and have widely differing practices in a number of areas. They are held together by a common underlying theology and in their fundamental styles of worship.

Rev. Don Anderson, retiring ecumenical officer for the Anglican Communion Office in London, outlined for the council the work the church is involved in with other churches. …

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