Growth in Communion, Partnership in Mission - Columba Declaration
World Council of Churches
Following the Assembly of the WCC in Busan, South Korea in 2013, a Unity Statement was produced and a short reflection on the unity of the Church as both God's gift and God's calling. It is an opportunity for member churches of the WCC to reflect on progress made on the ecumenical journey to reaffirm our commitment to one another as we travel on towards that goal.
A study booklet has been produced by the Scottish delegates who attended the Assembly. The booklet incorporates the Unity Statement which has been divided into sections with questions at the end of each section. We encourage its use in ecumenical groups. It could also be used by Lent study groups. In addition to the study booklet, the following documents approved by the Assembly are available to download:
- Message of the 10th Assembly of the WCC
- Study booklet
- Unity Statement
- The Mission Statement: Together Towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes
- Convergence text from the Faith and Order Commission: The Church: Towards a Common Vision
- Responses to the WCC document from the Church of Scotland
- Joint Commission on Doctrine response to the WCC document
World Communion of Reformed Churches
Following the Uniting General Council that gave birth to the World Communion of Reformed Churches in early July in Grand Rapids, USA, the Counciladopted a Statement on Spiritual and Worship Renewal. It is commended as a resource for churches as we all seek to ask God to renew us and to revitalise our worship.
Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows and Liturgy
In 2007 the Joint Commission on Doctrine of the Church of Scotland and the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland produced a study booklet entitled Baptism: Catholic and Reformed.
The Joint Commission has since commissioned a Liturgy for the Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows as a resource for all churches for use on appropriate ecumenical occasions. The production of the Liturgy reflects the remarkable breakdown in our understanding of Baptism as the sacrament that binds us at once to Christ and to one another.
Ideally, it should be used in conjunction with the study booklet and a short PowerPoint presentation which gives the background to these developments.
- Baptism: Catholic and Reformed study booklet
- Liturgy for the Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows
- PowerPoint Presentation
Our Fellowship in the Gospel
Report of the Joint Faith and Order Working Group of the Church of England and the Church of Scotland - phase 1.
This report was presented to the 2010 General Assembly with the commendation that it is studied widely throughout the Church.
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Local ecumenical partnerships
If your congregation is wishing to pursue a local partnership with your ecumenical neighbours you may find it useful to download a step by step guide, flowchart and declaration of ecumenical welcome from the web site of Action of Churches Together in Scotland at: www.acts-scotland.org
Grants for ecumenical training
The Duncan McClements Trust for Ecumenical Training awards grants for people to attend events and courses and for study materials. It also assists schools to organise one-off events to promote better understanding of different religions.
Scottish Churches House Legacy Reserve
The Scottish Churches House Legacy Reserve aims to enable Scotland's churches and Christian organisations to resource new ways of ecumenical working. Between 1960 and 2011, the former Scottish Churches House in Dunblane was a centre for ecumenical encounter, sharing, challenge and development – the Legacy Reserve aims to continue this ethos. Applications are invited for the funding of projects; completed application forms must be submitted no later than 5th January or 5th August in any year. Property schemes (such as repairs or purchase) are not eligible. Further details and application forms are available from the General Secretary, Action of Churches Together in Scotland, Jubilee House, Forthside Way, Stirling, FK8 1QZ. Telephone 01259 216980. Email: email@example.com