Called to be the one church

To encourage and enable the churches to call one other to visible unity and to address the fundamental theological, doctrinal and social issues that continue to divide them, this project helps churches to strengthen their commitment to one another as members of the one body of Christ and to address the full range of issues - theological, social, historical - that divide them.

It uses regional meetings, publications and the Internet to engage creatively with the churches and other partners as they shape their responses to the WCC study documents "Called to be the One Church" and "The Nature and Mission of the Church". The project team manages the secretariat of the Commission on Faith and Order.

The project targets particular constituencies, such as Christian world communions and the united and uniting churches, to ensure a wide range of ecclesial perspectives and to encourage coordination of the responses among ecumenical partners. It also involves networks of theologians from different regions, traditions, languages and cultures, while ensuring the participation of women, youth and people with disabilities.

Looking beyond the project, churches and other partners will be encouraged to consider its implications for their own lives, including their relationship with other churches locally, nationally and internationally.

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Called to be the One Church

An invitation to the churches to renew their commitment to the search for unity and to deepen their dialogue

The nature and mission of the church - a stage on the way to a common statement

This extended text (about 18,000 words) was published in December 2005 and is the latest result from Faith and Order's study on ecclesiology. It seeks to express common convictions about the church, its nature and mission, and to identify the ecclesiological issues which continue to divide the churches today.

Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry (Faith and Order Paper No. 111, the "Lima Text")

This famous text, adopted by Faith and Order in 1982, explores the growing agreement - and remaining differences - in fundamental areas of the churches' faith and life. The most widely-distributed and studied ecumenical document, BEM has been a basis for many "mutual recognition" agreements among churches and remains a reference today.