"The World is too strong for a divided Church" - The Life and Work Conference, Stockholm 1925
Ecumenism is the idea of a Christian unity in the literal meaning: that there should be one Church. The word is derived from Greek οἰκουμένη (oikoumene), which means "the whole inhabited world".
The ecumenical vision comprises both the search for the visible unity of the Church (Ephesians 4:3) and the "whole inhabited earth" (Matthew 24:14) as the concern of all Christians.
The Anglican Consultative Council acts on behalf of the Churches in the Communion in co-ordinating ecumenical conversations with other Christian world communions.
These dialogues often take the form of theological consultations which highlight differences and seek ways of coming closer together through new understandings, reinterpretation or correction of misunderstandings, and healing of divisions. The process of discussion itself brings people closer together and helps to break down barriers.
A series of bi-lateral regional conversations set in motion by the General Council of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) and the Lambeth Conference of 1998 - in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and North America - led to the publication of Conversations Around the World 2000 to 2005View More
The Lutheran World Federation is a global family of 140 churches and nearly 66.7 million members. Regional agreements of close co-operation (described as either “full communion” or “communion”) exist in Northern Europe and North America, while several other regional agreements have also recently been put in place.View More
The Anglican Consultative Council published the report Sharing in the Apostolic Communion in conjunction with the World Methodist Council in 1996. In November 2007, a new Anglican - Methodist International Consultation began its work to discern the next steps for Anglican - Methodist relations through their worldwide constitutional bodiesView More
The Anglican Communion signed the Bonn Agreement with the Old Catholic Churches of the Union of Utrecht in 1931. This agreement of "inter-Communion" has formed the basis for an ongoing relationship mediated by the Anglican - Old Catholic International Co-ordinating CouncilView More
The Oriental Orthodox family of Churches are those ancient Christian Churches who rejected the Christological definition developed at the Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon held in the Byzantine Empire in AD 451. Our theological dialogue with this family of Churches began in 2001View More
Recent dialogue between the Anglican Communion and the family of Eastern Orthodox Churches has spanned the years from 1973 when the Anglican-Orthodox Joint Doctrinal Discussions (A/OJDD) held its first meeting in Oxford. Its latest joint statement (The Cyprus Agreed Statement) was published in January 2007 under the title The Church of the Triune GodView More
The current theological dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church began shortly after the Second Vatican Council concluded its work in 1965. There are currently two Commissions for Anglican - Roman Catholic co-operation, the Anglican - Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) and the International Anglican - Roman Catholic Commission on Unity and Mission (IARCCUM)More
The Inter Anglican Standing Commission on Ecumenical Relations was established by the Anglican Consultative Council in response to a request from the bishops gathered at the Lambeth Conference in 1998. Its purpose is to monitor the progress of ecumenical affairs in the Anglican Communion, and to offer such support and advice as is requested by provinces in their ecumenical affairs.View More