Some important dates for ecumenism
The following dates give an idea of the variety of ecumenical approaches taken since the beginning of the 20th century.
1910: Conference of the Protestant Missionary Societies in Edinburgh, beginnings of inter-confessional ecumenism;
1921: Beginnings of the ‘Conversations at Malines’ to promote the dialogue between Anglicans and Catholics – initiated jointly by Cardinal Désiré Mercier, Catholic archbishop of Malines-Brussels, Lord Halifax (Anglican) and Father Fernand Portal (Catholic).
1925: First Universal Ecumenical Conference, called on social Christianity or practical Christianity, named ‘Life and Work’, in Stockholm (Sweden).
1927: First ‘Faith and Order’ Conference in Lausanne (Switzerland)
1936: On the initiative of Father Couturier the Universal Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was launched following the Week of Prayer for Unity which deplored the mistakes of the Reformation.
1937: First Inter-confessionnal meeting of the Dombes Group
1948: First assembly of the ecumenical World Council of Churches in Amsterdam.
1960: Pope John XXIII created the Secretariat for Christian unity, followed by Vatican II Council (1962-1965).
1964: Meeting of Pope Paul VI and Athenagoras, the ecumenical Orthodox patriarch of Constantinople.
1966: Visit of Pope Paul VI to the World Council of Churches.
1971: First Anglican-Catholic agreements on the Eucharist.
1973: Leuenberg Agreement between the European Lutheran and Reformed Churches on ecclesial communion.
1975: Ecumenical translation of the Bible into French.
1982: ‘Baptism, Eucharist, Ministry’ document of Lima.
1987: Reuilly Agreements between Anglicans and Lutherans for practical ecclesial communions.
1991: Programme ‘Justice, peace and safeguarding the creation’ of the World Council of Churches.
1999: The common Lutheran-Roman Catholic declaration on the ‘Doctrine of justification’ was signed in Augsburg, Germany.
2001: The European ecumenical charter was signed.
2001: Signature of the Reuilly Accords of recognition and commitment to strengthen their communion between the Churches of Great Britain and Ireland and the Reformed and Lutheran Churches of France.
2013: Report of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic commission on unity entitled ‘From conflict to communion’.
2016: 31 October in the cathedral of Lund (Sweden), common commemoration of the Reformation between Catholics and Lutherans; a joint declaration was signed by Pope Francis and the President of the World Lutheran Federation bishop Munib Younan (Palestine).
Ecumenical progressEcumenism manifests itself at various levels and in different ways (meetings, agreements, joint actions) and involves partners of various Christian faiths, often on a bilateral basis. The present notice recalls...
French Reformed ChurchThe French Reformed Church (Eglise Réformée de France) was founded in 1938 ; its origins go back to the XVIth century to the reformed Churches which were set up by Jean...
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of FranceIn 1808, quite a large Lutheran community in Paris consisting of foreigners became a Church which was connected to Strasbourg. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of France was established in France...