In 2005 we looked at a rich range of themes, historical, practical, spiritual and academic. Click on the links below for more details.
The Handbook for Parish Christian Unity is to be published in 2008 in paperback and online.
The latest report from ARCIC was the subject of a three-day study, led by Canon Nicholas Sagovsky, Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey and an Anglican member of the international Anglican and Roman Catholic Commission. Bishop Malcolm McMahon of Nottingham, also an ARCIC participant, gave an address, as did Mgr Andrew Faley, Assistant General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.
We are very grateful to the Nottingham Ecumenical Commission for making the comprehensive report of the study sessions by David Jones available to the Society. It can be downloaded here.
This brought together two young 'church leaders of the future' from each of the main churches in Britain and Ireland, in week of study, prayer and common life on Iona, jointly organised by the Society and the Iona Community.
The Society's took an active part in this week, which took forward our focus on eucharistic sharing and the work of Christians on all sides to build communion in fulness.
In 2006, the Revd Bill Snelson, General Secretary of Churches Together in England, published a book on the Eucharist and its role and significance in Christian Unity, marking not only this conference, but also the review of this question by CTE's Theology and Unity Group on behalf of all the member Churches. Enriching Communion is available from Churches Together in England. Follow this link to read a review.
After a beautiful Evensong, Professor Nicholas Lossky from Paris, now a deacon of the Russian Orthodox Church, gave a lecture on the significant influences of Orthodox theology on Anglican ecclesiology and episcopacy from the 17th century onwards. This is of contemporary concern, too, as the Orthodox pneumatological approach to ecumenism and and the doctrine of the Church, which some find inadequately appreciated in the West, is strong on the writings and preaching of Andrewes. Arguably his remains thinking remains an important East-West crossing point which could also aid greater understanding in Catholic-Orthodox and Catholic-Anglican dialogue. The Dean has kindly made the text of Professor Lossky's lecture available to the members of the Society.
Marianne Dorman, one of our members, maintains a comprehensive website on the thought and influence of Lancelot Andrewes. Visit Lancelot Andrewes: Mentor of Reformed Catholicism. Her 2000 paper on Ecumenism and the Anglican Divines can be found here.