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The MP is ecumenist member of WCC

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  • Bushunow, Peter
    The Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church is a full member of the WCC. You can find their membership roster at
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 30, 2007
      The Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church is a full member
      of the WCC. You can find their membership roster at
      http://wcc-coe.org/wcc/who/mch-e.html
      If you have any doubts or still want to claim that the MP is only an
      "observer" or an associate member, you can find some churches listed
      that specifically are NOT members of the WCC. For example, the Roman
      Catholic Church
      is listed as one of the churches that is not a member.

      Here is how that organization defines what membership means:

      "A fellowship of churches which confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and
      Saviour according to the scriptures, and therefore seek to fulfill
      together their common calling to the glory of the one God, Father, Son
      and Holy Spirit." This re-formulation of our basis as a fellowship of
      churches was adopted by the third assembly (New Delhi 1961).
      http://wcc-coe.org/wcc/what/ecumenical/basis-e.html

      "A prospective member must evidence "sustained independent life and
      organization" and "constructive ecumenical relations" with other
      churches in its country.
      WCC rules state that becoming a member signifies a church's
      "faithfulness to the basis of the Council, fellowship in the Council,
      participation in the life and work of the Council and commitment to the
      ecumenical movement as integral to the mission of the church". "
      http://wcc-coe.org/wcc/who/mch-e.html

      Patriarch Alexy has personally served on several important commissions
      in the WCC. The MP sent a large delegation to the recent meeting in
      Brazil.
      The following are quotes from the WCC website
      http://wcc-coe.org/wcc/who/cuv-e.html#ecumenical
      "Any discussion of the WCC's self-understanding must begin with the
      constitutional Basis on which the WCC is founded, with which all member
      churches express agreement:
      The World Council of Churches is a fellowship of churches which
      confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the
      Scriptures and therefore seek to fulfil together their common calling to
      the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
      Two aspects of this statement are of central importance for articulating
      a renewed common understanding of the WCC: (1) its characterization of
      the Council as a "fellowship of churches"; and (2) its emphasis on the
      "common calling" which the churches seek to fulfil in and through the
      Council."

      There is no doubt that the MP is an active participant in ecumenical
      activities, and trying to call it something else is mistaken.

      Peter
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    • paul kulesha
      Interesting. Is the Serbian Patriarchate a member of the WCC? Is the Jerusalem Patriarchate a member of the WCC as well? The ROCOR monasteries in the holy land
      Message 2 of 2 , Apr 30, 2007
        Interesting.
        Is the Serbian Patriarchate a member of the WCC?
        Is the Jerusalem Patriarchate a member of the WCC as well?
        The ROCOR monasteries in the holy land commemorate the Patriarch of Jerusalem, do they not? I believe the JP is a member of the MECC (Middle Eastern Council of Churches) as well.

        It seems ROCOR is already serving with WCC members, no?

        paul

        "Bushunow, Peter" <peter.bushunow@...> wrote: The Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church is a full member
        of the WCC. You can find their membership roster at
        http://wcc-coe.org/wcc/who/mch-e.html
        If you have any doubts or still want to claim that the MP is only an
        "observer" or an associate member, you can find some churches listed
        that specifically are NOT members of the WCC. For example, the Roman
        Catholic Church
        is listed as one of the churches that is not a member.

        Here is how that organization defines what membership means:

        "A fellowship of churches which confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and
        Saviour according to the scriptures, and therefore seek to fulfill
        together their common calling to the glory of the one God, Father, Son
        and Holy Spirit." This re-formulation of our basis as a fellowship of
        churches was adopted by the third assembly (New Delhi 1961).
        http://wcc-coe.org/wcc/what/ecumenical/basis-e.html

        "A prospective member must evidence "sustained independent life and
        organization" and "constructive ecumenical relations" with other
        churches in its country.
        WCC rules state that becoming a member signifies a church's
        "faithfulness to the basis of the Council, fellowship in the Council,
        participation in the life and work of the Council and commitment to the
        ecumenical movement as integral to the mission of the church". "
        http://wcc-coe.org/wcc/who/mch-e.html

        Patriarch Alexy has personally served on several important commissions
        in the WCC. The MP sent a large delegation to the recent meeting in
        Brazil.
        The following are quotes from the WCC website
        http://wcc-coe.org/wcc/who/cuv-e.html#ecumenical
        "Any discussion of the WCC's self-understanding must begin with the
        constitutional Basis on which the WCC is founded, with which all member
        churches express agreement:
        The World Council of Churches is a fellowship of churches which
        confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the
        Scriptures and therefore seek to fulfil together their common calling to
        the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
        Two aspects of this statement are of central importance for articulating
        a renewed common understanding of the WCC: (1) its characterization of
        the Council as a "fellowship of churches"; and (2) its emphasis on the
        "common calling" which the churches seek to fulfil in and through the
        Council."

        There is no doubt that the MP is an active participant in ecumenical
        activities, and trying to call it something else is mistaken.

        Peter
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        the presence of computer viruses.

        Thank You,
        Viahealth
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