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Anglicans and Orthodox Churches formalise ecumenical relationship

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.christiantoday.com/article/anglicans.and.orthodox.churches.formalise.ecumenical.relationship/29274.htm Anglicans and Orthodox Churches formalise
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      Anglicans and Orthodox Churches formalise ecumenical relationship

      Posted: Monday, February 6, 2012, 20:38 (GMT)

      The Church of England and Oriental Orthodox Churches have formalised
      their ecumenical relationship.

      The two Churches have formally established the Church of
      England-Oriental Orthodox Regional Forum (AOORF), which has existed in
      an informal capacity for some years.

      For the first time, the role of the forum has been clarified in a
      document that sets out its aims and objectives.

      The forum brings together representatives from both Churches to
      encourage unity through common prayer, worship, witness and education.

      It also gives space for them to consider documents from international
      dialogues and their significance, and discuss current pastoral, social
      and political issues, with the possibility of making responses.

      The forum is Co Chaired by the Anglican Bishop in Europe, the Rt Rev Dr
      Geoffrey Rowell, and the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Bishop
      Angaelos.

      Bishop Rowell said he was "delighted" that the informal channel of
      communication between Anglicans and Oriental Orthodox in England was now
      "put on a firmer footing".

      "With the increased numbers of Christians from the Oriental Orthodox
      Churches living in this country it is important that Anglicans build
      closer relationships with these churches.

      "The appointment of Bishop Angaelos as an official ecumenical
      representative at the General Synod is a sign of this and is greatly to
      be welcomed.”

      Bishop Angaelos said: "At a time of increased challenge to the basic
      principles of morality and hope, concrete and visible unity in the life
      and witness of the Church is needed as a real support for our faithful
      and the wider community, and an affirmation of the viability and
      applicability of the Christian message.

      "I feel that working together through AOORF provides a very real
      opportunity for our role to be even more prophetic in the United Kingdom
      as individual Churches, and the wider Church."
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