Bethlehem Bulletin: Colloquium of Christian Church Leaders in Jerusalem Assesses Growing Ecumenical Movement

By Kelley, Elaine | Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, June 3, 2000 | Go to article overview

Bethlehem Bulletin: Colloquium of Christian Church Leaders in Jerusalem Assesses Growing Ecumenical Movement


Kelley, Elaine, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs


BETHLEHEM BULLETIN: Colloquium of Christian Church Leaders in Jerusalem Assesses Growing Ecumenical Movement

Sr. Elaine Kelley is a development officer at Bethlehem University.

The Swedish Christian Study Center in Jerusalem hosted a colloquium April 7 to assess recent progress in building an ecumenical movement within the Christian churches of the Holy Land. "The New Millennium: the Past Meets the Future in Jerusalem" featured three presentations by representatives of organizations in the forefront of the Christian ecumenical movement. They were Fr. Frans Bouwen, a member of the White Fathers in Jerusalem who is president of the Commission for Justice and Peace and editor of Preche Orient Chretien; Dr. Harry Hagopian, an attorney and the executive director of the Middle East Council of Churches and the convenor for the Jerusalem Inter-Church Committee; and Fr. Robert Fortin, general secretary of the Roman Catholic Jubilee 2000 Committee in Jerusalem.

The colloquium, which followed a February inter-church Synod held in Bethlehem, a local Sabeel conference in March, and a high-level ecumenical meeting of church leaders with Pope John Paul II on March 25, all addressing ecumenism in the Holy Land, attracted a number of high-ranking church officials, including Roman Catholic Apostolic Delegate Archbishop Pietro Sambi and Ethiopian Orthodox Archbishop of Jerusalem Abuna Gabriel, as well as laity involved in the ecumenical movement such as Jack Khazmo of the bi-monthly pro-Fatah magazine, Al Bayader al Siyasi.

White Father Frans Bouwen opened with a brief history of the ecumenical movement in the Holy Land, which he described as "this small little spot where everything happened." Pointing to its "richness of diversity," Bouwen stated that "diversity has become division" in the Holy Land. He said that the divisions, however, originated some place else and were "brought here," and that "all churches in the world are responsible for these divisions."

Recounting the "long troubled history" of the country, Bouwen described the two primary obstacles in inter-church relations, the "long period of conflict here" and the "creation of new church communities in the second half of the 19th century." He mentioned recent changes toward an emphasis on cooperation within the church communities which he said began with the joint project of the restoration of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.

Bouwen said that the second difficulty started when Western church missions arrived with various new theologies, and that "instead of helping the local church from within [they] created new communities and churches."

Local Christians became members of the new churches, opening wounds and creating competition among the churches. He said the recent visit of Pope John Paul II to the Holy Land was "an opportunity for discussion."

Fr. Robert Fortin described projects undertaken by his office and the guiding principles of ecumenical cooperation. Fortin, an Assumptionist priest who is also rector of St. Peter in Gallicantu in Jerusalem, said that the Conference of Catholic Bishops created the Jubilee 2000 project for the purpose of "breaking down barriers within churches" and to "assure the active participation of the Christians of the Holy Land" in Jubilee events. He said efforts such as the Synod in Bethlehem have resulted in progress, and referred to the historical difficulties in implementing inter-ritual celebrations, pointing out that language and space limitations added to the difficulty in achieving a "common pastoral approach" to celebrations.

Fr. Fortin included the "unsettled peace process" as a "stumbling block" to attaining a coherent pastoral plan among the churches. He said another problem is that the main holy sites still are governed by a "complicated status-quo" system with its "engendered fear of losing acquired rights."

However, he said, the Dec. 4 interchurch inauguration of Bethlehem 2000, in which all the traditional churches participated and prayed together publicly, was a major step. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Bethlehem Bulletin: Colloquium of Christian Church Leaders in Jerusalem Assesses Growing Ecumenical Movement
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.