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This quantity brings jointly the celebrated audio system on the inaugural Church in Our occasions Lecture sequence at Liverpool desire, in the course of the first four months of 2006, and invited members from and addressing wider foreign contexts - Africa, Sri Lanka, India and the us. the quantity explores issues equivalent to questions of ecclesial and non secular identification in those post-modern instances, the appearance of Read more...

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Church, inclusivity and variety --
optimistic explorations for the future.

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Xx. Ibid. Roger Haight, Ecclesial Existence (New York and London: Continuum, 2008), ‘Preface’, p. ix. ), Comparative Ecclesiology: Critical Investigations (London and New York: T&T Clark, 2008), pp. 201–2. The other speakers in the lecture series included Bernard Hoose, David McLoughlin, Paul Murray, George Pattison, Stephen Shakespeare, Keith Ward and Kenneth Wilson. David Tracy, ‘Fragments and Forms: Universality and Particularity Today’ in Giuseppe Ruggieri and Miklo´s Tomka (eds), The Church in Fragments: Towards What Kind of Unity?

Unity must, by necessity, include a significant amount of diversity. Openness and generosity should be the guiding ecclesial virtues. Our volume ends with a most hope-filled essay by Kenneth Wilson, who seeks to explore a new approach to ecclesiology. Learning is fundamental to the very Introduction: Church and the Grace of Otherness 17 nature of being a Christian community, of being church itself. Wilson seeks to discuss the purpose of a life of faith and of the being of the church, concluding that any church which is not continually ‘hoping to learn’ is a church that lacks a fundamental mark of what it is to be church itself.

While the Catholic Church does not belong to the World Council of Churches, there is a Joint Working Group of the Vatican and the Council that has met regularly since 1965,4 and the Catholic Church does conduct individual ecumenical dialogues with certain member churches of the WCC. One can assume that these churches adhere to The Nature and Purpose of the Church in its current form. This essay addresses the question of ecumenical dialogue from the Catholic perspective, particularly as regards the ministry of women.

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