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The Ecumenical Convergence Text Of Bem

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This chapter presents the context of the BEM report. It deals with the following subjects: the history leading up to the report, its place in the ecumenical search for unity, Faith and Order as sender, the status of the document as a convergence statement, the hermeneutical basis, BEM as element of the tradition, the churches as addressees, a reception process as the aim, and the ongoing reflection on its hermeneutical basis. Faith and Order has always discussed baptism, Eucharist, and ministry together. They formed a joint item on the agenda of the First World Conference in Lausanne in 1927. Each of these three is a primary structure element of the church that prevents the church from growing towards visible unity.

Keywords: Baptism; ecumenical search; Eucharist; Lima text



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