Publicitate. Iepurașul pascal vă aduce un „Jurnal” | JURNAℓ SCOȚIAN

Source: Publicitate. Iepurașul pascal vă aduce un „Jurnal” | JURNAℓ SCOȚIAN

O carte de cautat, neaparat. Multumim, Parinte Florescu; multumim, Polirom.

Two of My Recent Publications

Note: Recently, I have received two of the publications to which I have contributed lately. Here are a few details about each of them.

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Intentional Discipleship and Disciple-Making. An Anglican Guide for Christian Life and Formation is a publication of The Anglican Consultative Council, aiming to revive interest in the ancient discipline and practice of disciple-making within the Anglican Communion.

My friend, Rev. Mark Oxbrow, asked me to write about the practice of discipleship within the Orthodox Christian tradition. My initial text had to be shortened, in order to fit a very limited space, in which a variety of topics was discussed.

I attach below my short text. Time allowing, I intend to publish on my blog a more extended discussion of this important topic.Read More »

Dorin Druhora – Doctorat pe tema relatiei intre ortodoxie si evanghelism in spatiul american


Rev. Ovidiu Dorin Druhora de la Biserica Romana Emanuel din Los Angeles, Ca. a finalizat recent cu succes teza sa de doctorat. Iata mai jos citeva detalii despre aceasta.

Titlul Tezei
Protestantism si Ortodoxie pe continentul nord american

Conducator Stintific
Profesor dr. Remus Rus

Prezenta teză de doctorat își propune să contribuie prin demersul ei științific la optimizarea dialogului interconfesional. Cercetarea se va limita la examinarea literaturii teologice recente, a documentelor și consultațiilor care au avut loc pe continentul nord- american, cu referință la viața spirituală a celor două tradiții creștine, pe o perioadă de timp bine determinată. Această perioadă va acoperi peste o sută de ani, justificată cronologic între 1910 și anul curent.
Demersul cercetării pornește de la premisa că dialogul ecumenic este un deziderat născut din spiritul dragostei creștine și a respectului reciproc, dar care își definește sensul și relevanța în rugăciunea Mântuitorului Cristos cu privire la unitatea creștină și misiunea Bisericii pentru lumea contemporană (Ioan 17:21). Lucrarea se situează la interferența interogației cu răspunsurile posibile la întrebarea: “cum este cu putință ca cele două tradiții să intre într-un dialog autentic, astfel încât să ajungă să recunoască viața și harul lui Cristos în aproapele din cealaltă confesiune?”Read More »

A Short Dialogue on Ecumenism


Note: The text below was written in response to questions addressed to me over a year ago, by Rev. Dorin Druhora (now Rev. Dr. Druhora), from Los Angeles, US, while he was doing his doctoral research on Evangelical-Orthodox relations in the USA. In the mean time he has successfully defended his thesis and I will publish soon some details about it.

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  1. Please define the uniqueness of the ecumenical dialogue here on the North American continent, in contrast with the dialogue in Europe or elsewhere? Do you see a paradigm that is specific to western culture (particularly in US, in the context of a pluralist Christian tradition or in the light of the dialogical development)? If your expertise is focused more on Europe, please address the question based on your experience.

DM – Although I never lived in the US, I traveled extensively there and I follow constantly the religious landscape there. Ecumenism is well and alive in the US. Yet, it involved more the Catholics and the mainline Protestants. Many of the American evangelical leaders do not strike me as very open ecumenically. That is true especially with the neo-reformed movement (the likes of Piper and Mohler), which is the new form of fundamentalism. However, there is a lot to appreciate also. Read More »

Call for Papers – CEEAMS Conference, 13-18 February 2017, Osijek, Croatia

Love, Live, and Delight: Conversations in Central and Eastern Europe on present day documents and commitments on mission
13-18 February 2017, Osijek, Croatia

The 2017 CEEAMS Annual conference seeks to actively engage in worldwide conversations on four mission documents of the last years:

1. The Cape Town Commitment (CTC) discussed at the Third Lausanne Congress for World Evangelization in 2010, and published by the Lausanne Movement in 2011;
2. Together Towards Life (TTL), accepted in 2013 at the 10th General Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Busan, Korea;
3. the Evangelii Gaudium (EG), which concluded the year of Faith (2013) and was written in the first year of Pope Franciscus’ Pontificate.
4. The Mission of the Orthodox Church in Today´s World (MOCT) – adopted in 2016 as an official document on mission at its Holy and Great Council.

The conference seeks to identify key themes which are missiologically relevant for churches and Christian communities in Central and Eastern Europe, to critically analyse these documents and find ways of their translatability at academic level and in mission praxis, in and beyond in the region.
Conflicts, clashes, people worrying for their future, isolation, fear for the unknown, characterise the societies of Central and Eastern Europe; Christian communities and churches are challenged not to lose contact with each other and to open up to the societies to which they belong. Love, live and delight are calls for action prominently expressed in these four documents; they are active verbs more than ever relevant in the Europe of 2017, in which so much attention will be given to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Delighting in God, loving God and the fellow human being in order to be able to live together are the basic biblical values from which this conference seeks to find ways through which words of faith transform into lived faith.Read More »

Lausanne-Orthodox Initiative Regional Consultation, Addis Ababa – Statement of Intent


Lausanne-Orthodox Initiative Regional Consultation, Addis Ababa

11-14 October 2016 (1-4 Tikemt 2009)

Statement of Intent

Sixty Orthodox and Evangelical Church leaders, theologians and mission workers gathered in Addis Ababa for a Regional Consultation at the invitation of Ethiopian leaders from both traditions. Over four days, we prayed, discussed, studied and shared meals together and were graciously received during our visit to the Ethiopian Patriarchate. Over half those present came from Ethiopia, with further regional representation from Egypt, Eritrea, India

and Kenya. Many Orthodox participants came from the Oriental family of Churches, and were joined by participants from the Eastern Orthodox family of Churches. Evangelical participants came from the Mekane Yesus Church, the Kale Heywet Church, the Meserete Kristos Church, the Mulu Wongel Church and the Anglican Church of Ethiopia, as well as Anglicans, Baptists, Independent Evangelicals, Methodists and Presbyterians from other parts of the region and the world.

We wish to express our gratitude to the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and the Evangelical Churches of Ethiopia for hosting our gathering. At the opening session we were encouraged by an inspiring message of greeting from His Holiness Abune Mathias I, Patriarch and Catholicos of Ethiopia, and members of the Steering Committee were warmly received by His Holiness, who encouraged them to continue the work of the Lausanne-Orthodox Initiative (LOI).Read More »

Pope, Anglican leader, vow joint action on poverty and environment | Religion News Service

ROME (Reuters) The pledge at a vespers prayer service came despite challenges to greater unity posed by differences over women priests and gay marriage.

Source: Pope, Anglican leader, vow joint action on poverty and environment | Religion News Service

Here are two men I deeply love and respect.

Apocalipse autoprovocate – SuplimentulDeCultura.Ro

Source: Apocalipse autoprovocate – SuplimentulDeCultura.Ro

Textul lui Marius Mihet estee unul dintre cele mai intereante care s-au scris pina acum despre ultima carte a lui Ioan T Morar.

De citit neaparat.

Dr Danut Manastireanu on Father Dumitru Staniloae (Part Two)

DanutM at IOCS2

Dr Danut Manastireanu on Father Dumitru Staniloae (Part Two) (link here to watch)

This is the second presentation I have done on 16 April, 2016, at the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies (IOCS), in Cambridge, UK, as part of a series of community lectures titled ‘Contemporary Fathers and Mothers of the Church: Guides for Today’s World’.

I concentrate in this second lecture on my personal encounter with Orthodoxy in general and the theology of Father Dumitru Staniloae in particular.

Many thanks, again, to my dear friend Dr. David Frost, then Principal of IOCS, and to my Romanian friends there, Dr. Razvan Porumb and Fr. Dragos Herescu, for their kind invitation, warm hospitality, and delightful open conversation we had during this event.

You may download at the link below the PDF text of my presentation.

Danut Manastireanu – My Personal Encounter with Fr Dumitru Staniloae’s Theology


Radu Bordeianu – After Fifty Years of Preparations, Will the Pan-Orthodox Council Be Ecumenically Relevant?

Radu Bordeianu

For the next nine days, a Great and Holy Council of the Eastern Orthodox Church will convene, starting today with the arrival of the official delegations at the Orthodox Academy of Crete in Greece. The Council’s main accomplishment, if ongoing disagreements could have been resolved, would have been the convocation of the fourteen autocephalous (independent, nation-based) Orthodox churches. Orthodoxy claims, with respect to ecumenical relations, that one of its charisms (holy gifts) is synodality—the ecumenical participation of the autocephalous churches in the governance of the Church as a whole. The convening of the long-awaited Council and a practical demonstration of ecumenicity will increase the credibility of that claim.

The last ecumenical Council was Nicaea II in 787. The schisms that divided Christianity in the second millennium have made it impossible to arrange for another ecumenical council. As a result, the Orthodox can only convene a pan-Orthodox Council. Many factors have hampered organizing such a Council.

With the fall of the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman occupation of the Balkans, gathering a Pan-Orthodox Council became practically impossible. After the fall of the Ottoman Empire, Orthodox Churches in Eastern Europe became enthralled with the nationalist ideals that accompanied the formation of independent states, so their commitments ran counter to pan-Orthodoxy.Read More »

Good News – Franklin Graham’s Moscow Summit Cancelled

Franklin Graham & Hilarion Alfeyev
Franklin Graham & Hylarion Alfeyev

M o s c o w — It was unofficially announced in Moscow on 19 May that the “World Summit in Defence of Persecuted Christians”, planned by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in conjunction with the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian government, has been cancelled or at least postponed. The summit intended to gather 1.000 Christian leaders from as many as 150 countries in Moscow from 28 to 30 October 2016.

Vitaly Vlasenko, Director of External Relations for the Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists, attributes the decision to the preponderance of other issues burdening the ROA. According to him, Patriarch Kirill’s decision to meet with Pope Francis in Havana on 12 Feb. has caused major discord within the ROC. Consequently, Russian Orthodoxy needs all the resources it can muster to prepare for the global “Holy and Great Synod” scheduled for the Greek-held portion of Crete from 16 to 27 June. This gathering of the heads of all autocephalous (independent) Orthodox churches has been in preparation since 1961 and is touted to be the most significant gathering of Byzantine churches since the Second Council of Nicaea in 787!Read More »

Text of the Columba Declaration

Church of England  Church of Scotland

In the light of our common mission and context (chapter 1), our agreement in faith (chapter 2) and our significant opportunities for growing in partnership in mission (chapter 3), we recommend that our churches make the following Declaration.

We, the Church of Scotland and the Church of England, make the following acknowledgements and commitments, which are interrelated.Read More »

Tim Grass et al – Punti de dialog

Tim Grass, et al - Punti de dialog

Semnalez aici o importanta aparitie editoriala cu caracter ecumenic, mai precis, legata de dialogul ecumenic evanghelic-ortodox (sau ortodox-evanghelic, daca va cade mai bine asa :-)).

Lucrarea, editata de Tim Grass, Paul si Jenny Rolph, precum si de Ioan Sauca, apare in traducerea Diac. lect. univ. dr. Florin Toader Tomoioaga, de la Facultatea de teologie ortodoxa din cadrul Universitatii Oradea. Cartea este publicata de Editura Imago Dei, din Oradea.

Lucrarea aduna laolalta cele mai importante contributii la trei reuniuni de dialog teologi evangheli-ortodox desfasurate in ultimii douazeci de ani la Institutul ecumenic de la Bossey, in Elvetia. La ultima dintre acestea am avut si eu cinstea de a participa, cunoscindu-i acolo in mod personal pe cei mai multi dintre autori, impreuna cu unii dintre acestia fiind implicat astazi in Initiativa Ortodoxa Lausanne.

Lucrea contine contributii ale mai multor autori romani, evanghelici (Emil Bartos, Otniel Bunaciu) si ortodocsi (Ioan Sauca, Vasile Mihoc, Stelian Tofana).

Iata mai jos prezentarea cartii, asa cum apare ea pe situl web al Editurii Scriptum, care o distribuie:Read More »

The Patriarch, the Pope, and the Refugee Crisis | John Chryssavgis | First Things

The significance of the joint visit to the island of Lesbos, Greece, on Saturday, April 16, 2016, by . . . .

Source: The Patriarch, the Pope, and the Refugee Crisis | John Chryssavgis | First Things

‘The power of ecumenism lies in beginning to open up beyond ourselves and our own, our communities and our churches. It is learning to speak the language of care and compassion. And it is giving priority to solidarity and service.’

Sunt crestin – I Am A Christian

A iesit, in sfirsit, de la tipar cartea Sunt crestin (I Am A Christian), editata de Voicu Bojan si publicata de Editura Aqua Forte din Cluj. Volumul va putea fi comandat curind pe situl editurii.

Asa cum spuneam recent si pe Facebook, cartea, care nu apare inca pe situl editurii, este o lucrare colectiva, in limba romana si engleza (desi poza primita pe facebook arata doua copertem nu stiu inca cu siguranta daca este vorba de doua versiuni separate, una in romana si una in engleza, sau de o editie bilingva), care cuprinde 15 scurte marturii personale ale unor credinciosi, mai ales romani, care incearca sa raspunda la intrebarea ‘de ce sunt crestin?’

Iata lista integrala a autorilor, in ordinea alfabetica a numelor:

Andreea Sepi, Anne Garrett, Cristian Mihut, Danut Manastireanu,
Dionis Bodiu, Don Lothrop, Dorin Axente, Dorin Muresan,
Doru Pop, George Ille, Marius David Cruceru, Mihaela Ursa,
Silvian Guranda, Teofil Stanciu si Voicu Bojan.

Redau mai jos explicatia lui Voicu Bojan despre felul straniu in care s-a nascut aceasta carte. Sper ca aceasta va va trezi interesul si ca veti dori s-o rasfoiti si, poate, s-o oferiti si altora, interesati de aceleasi intrebari existentiale care i-au framintat si pe autorii acestor pagini.

Va doresc lectura spornica si cu folos!Read More »

Lausanne Initiative to bring together Orthodox and Evangelical leaders in Ethiopia


Building on the success of three international consultations in Albania and Finland the Lausanne-Orthodox Initiative (LOI) is now turning its attention to regional consultations, the first due to take place in Ethiopia in October 2016. In a nation traditionally first evangelised by St. Mark and St. Matthew the Orthodox Church has an unbroken history of witness for two millennia whilst the Evangelical Churches have seen one of the highest rates of church growth in recent history.  Together these Churches seek to bear contemporary witness to Jesus Christ in a land which sits at the meeting point of three continents – Africa, Asia and Europe.

The initiative for the planned consultation was birthed when two Ethiopian Orthodox leaders and two Ethiopian Evangelicals met in Finland at the LOI 2015 consultation. Having formed a local planning team they are now working with LOI to invite leaders across their two traditions from within Ethiopia, from neighbouring countries and from as far away as India and the USA to join them in exploring how they can witness together in the context of the challenge of Islam, humanitarian need and challenges within our own churches.

The LOI was established by Lausanne in partnership with Orthodox Church leaders following the 2010 Cape Town Congress. It is led by a Steering Group an international of Evangelical and Orthodox leaders and currently facilitated by Canon Mark Oxbrow of Faith2Share ( to whom enquiries can be sent. Papers from the first two consultsations are published as The Mission of God Oxbrow,M. and Grass,T. Regnum 2015 available from the LOI website.

Sub umbra Cuviosului Paisie de la Neamt

Sub umbra Cuv. Paisie de la Neamt
Sub umbra Cuv. Paisie de la Neamt

Cei care ma cunosc mai bine stiu ca, desi sunt teolog, sau poate toclai de aceea 😦 , nu sunt o fiinta prea bisericoasa. Poate pentruca port cu mine prea multe rani prilejuite de fratii mei.
Asa incit, duminica trecuta am sarit peste slujba la biserica in care ma inchin de obicei si, impreuna cu un prieten – pe care nu-l voi deconspira, am participat la slujba ortodoxa savirsita la capela Seminarului ortodox din Iasi de prietenul meu Pr. Dragos Bahrim (sper sa nu-i fac vreun rau mentionind public prietenia noastra, caci in atmosfera anti-ecumanica ce domina astazi ortodoxia romaneasca, nu se stie niciodata).
Ne-am asezat mai in spate, dar parintele ne-a zarit si ne-a invitat mai in fata, in naos. Ne-am asezat, deci linga un perete, si am urmarit in continuare slujba. La un moment dat m-am uitat in spatele meu, sa vad sub ‘umbra’ (a se citi, icoana) carui sfint stau. Am vazut, si m-am bucurat. Era icoana cuviosului apisie de le Neamt, un duhovnic pe care nu am avut sansa de a-l cunoaste, dar m-am indragostit de el pentru prima data, citind cartea lui Patapievici Zbor in bataia sagetii. Ca si H-RP, eram si eu alergic la stilul rugos si antiecumenic al unui alt dohovnic faimos din zona Neamt, Parintele Cleopa.  Din pricina acestei alergii nu am fost niciodata ispitit sa urmez sfatul de a-l vizita pe Cleopa la manastria Sihastria, pe care mi l-a dat poetul Ioan Alexandru, in singura vizita pe care i-am facut-o acasa. Si nici nu-mi pare rau, caci, din ceea ce stiu despre el, nu cred ca mi-ar fi placut. Desi trebuie sa recunosc ca in vizita facuta recent la Sibiu, un alt prieten al meu, Pr. Vasile Mihoc, mi-a povestit ca cu citeva luni inainte de moartea lui Cleopa a dus la el un grup de teologi catolici si protestanti, si ca parintele i-a primit foarte bine. Cine stie? Poate i-o fi vorbit Dumnezeu in preajma mortii despre lipsa lui de iubire de fratii din alte traditii crestine. Sunt curios sa flu, cind ne vom vedea in ceruri. Asta in cazul ca voi ajunge acolo, caci in legatura cu el nu am indoieli.
Insa de faptul ca nu l-am inilnit pe Paisie, chiar imi pare rau. Asa cum regret ca n-am reusit sa-l vizitez pe Pr Staniloae, asa cum planuiam, inainte de a pleca la studii teologice la Londra, iar cind am revenit acasa in vacanta de Craciun, in decembrie 1993, el trecuse deja la cele vesnice. Pacat.
Nota: Imi spun cunoscatorii (iar eu imi vadesc inca odata ignoranta in cele ale iconografiei) ca sfintul din icoana este de fapt Paisie Velicicovschi, un monah urcainean care a trait in secolul al XVIII-lea, descris in OrthodoxWiki ca ‘ îndrumător al vieții monahale din Moldova și înnoitor al monahismului ortodox prin redescoperirea scrierilor patristice și publicarea Filocaliei. Este prăznuit la 15 noiembrie.’ 
In ce ma priveste, e bine si cu acesta, mai ales ca este legat de Filocalie.

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Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill

Kiril & Francis

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father and the fellowship of the holy Spirit be with all of you” (2 Cor 13:13).

1. By God the Father’s will, from which all gifts come, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the help of the Holy Spirit Consolator, we, Pope Francis and Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, have met today in Havana. We give thanks to God, glorified in the Trinity, for this meeting, the first in history.

It is with joy that we have met like brothers in the Christian faith who encounter one another “to speak face to face” (2 Jn 12), from heart to heart, to discuss the mutual relations between the  Churches, the crucial problems of our faithful, and the outlook for the progress of human civilization.

2. Our fraternal meeting has taken place in Cuba, at the crossroads of North and South, East and West. It is from this island, the symbol of the hopes of the “New World” and the dramatic events of the history of the twentieth century, that we address our words to all the peoples of Latin America and of the other continents.

It is a source of joy that the Christian faith is growing here in a dynamic way.  The powerful religious potential of Latin America, its centuries–old Christian tradition, grounded in the personal experience of millions of people, are the pledge of a great future for this region.

3. By meeting far from the longstanding disputes of the “Old World”, we experience with a particular sense of urgency the need for the shared labour of Catholics and Orthodox, who are called, with gentleness and respect, to give an explanation to the world of the hope in us (cf. 1 Pet 3:15).Read More »

Mihail Neamtu – Civilizatia iubirii – 1

Domnul Mihail Neamtu, teolog ortodox laic, fost om politic, si mai nou antreprenor, a facut in luna ianuarie a anului 2016 o vizita in California la invitatia domnului Dorin Druhora, pastor penticostal din Los Angeles, unul dintre putinii lideri evanghelici de acolo implicati in dialogul cu ortodoxia. Iata aici prima prelegere sustinuta acolo de Dr. Mihail Neamtu, sub genericul Civilizatia iubirii.

Pr. Stelian Tofana – Relevanta Scripturii in societatea postmoderna

Pr. Stelian Tofana, profesor la facultatea de teologie ortodoxa a Universitatii Babes-Bolyai din Cluj, a prezentat aceasta prelegere in data de 21 august 2015 in Biserica penticostala Betesda din Detroit, in Statele Unite.

Mihail Neamtu – Civilizatia iubirii

Civilizatia iubirii

Domnul Mihail Neamtu va conferentia in data de 23 ianuarie la Anaheim, California, pe tema ‘Civilizatia iuibirii’, la invitatia comunitatii evanghelice romane din area Los Angeles. Ii dorim mult succes.

16 April 2016 – An invitation from IOCS in Cambridge


The latest newsletter of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge, UK, announces the kind invitation I have received from the Principal of the college, Dr. David Frost, to present on April 16 two open lectures on Fr Dumitru Staniloae, as part of the Community Lecture Days initiative, which explores during the current academic year the theme ‘Contemporary Fathers and Mothers of the Church. Guides for Today’s World’.

This is a real honour, as it comes from an institution and a person that are really dear to me, and I hope it will be an opportunity for reciprocal enrichment. So help us God!

It’s Official – I Am Leaving World Vision


Note: Today, my World Vision supervisor, Conny Lenneberg, the leaders of our region, made the official announcement about my leaving the organisation. Here is what she wrote.

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Dear colleagues,

It is with great regret that we advise that, due to funding challenges in F[inancial] Y[ear] [20]16, we will not be able to maintain our Faith in Development Director Position held by Danut Manastireanu beyond February 2015.

Danut has played an instrumental part in the development of the Christian Witness and Spiritual Formation of our leadership and staff over the past 17 years. We are most appreciative of the dedication and passion he has brought to FnD throughout the entire MEER [Middle East & Eastern Europe] region.

Danut started his relationship with WV as a member of WV Romania’s advisory board in 1995, later joining as WV staff in the position of MEER Christian Commitments Director in 1999.  During his service with WV Danut has contributed in so many ways, developing FnD [Faith in Development] staff across the region, supporting the N[ational] O[ffice]s,  advocating on behalf of the region to ensure good understanding of both the unique inter-denominational sensitivities and complex inter-faith context.   Some of the highlights of his contribution include:  Read More »

Communiqué of the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue

International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue

September 2015, Buffalo, New York, United States of America

In the name of the Triune God, and with the blessing and guidance of our Churches, the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue (ICAOTD) met in Buffalo, New York, from 19 to 25 September 2015. The Commission is deeply grateful for the generous hospitality extended by the Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in Buffalo (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople).

Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit formally welcomed the Commission to its meeting in his diocese. He offered praise and encouragement for the work of the dialogue. He stressed the urgent need for expressions of Christian unity in light of the deep challenges and crises before the global community, mindful of events unfolding even as the Commission undertook its deliberations.

The Commission brought to completion the first section of its work on the theological understanding of the human person, with the adoption of its agreed statement, In the Image and Likeness of God: A Hope-Filled Anthropology. The report, shortly to be published, is the culmination of six years of study on what Anglicans and Orthodox can say together about the meaning of human personhood in the divine image.Read More »

Message of Pope Francis to the Global Christian Forum

St Pope Francis

His Eminence Cardinal Kurt Koch

President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

I extend greetings to you and all those participating in the Global Christian Forum Consultation, to be held in Tirana from 2 to 4 November 2015, as you reflect on the theme “Discrimination, persecution, martyrdom: following Christ together”.

In a particular way, I wish to greet our brothers and sisters of different Christian traditions who represent communities suffering for their profession  of faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. I think with great sadness of the escalating discrimination and persecution against Christians in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and elsewhere throughout the world. Your gathering shows that, as Christians, we are not indifferent to our suffering brothers and sisters. In various parts of the world, the witness to Christ, even to the shedding of blood, has become a shared experience of Catholics, Orthodox, Anglicans, Protestants, Evangelicals and Pentecostals, which is deeper and stronger than the differences which still separate our Churches and Ecclesial Communities. The communio martyrum is the greatest sign of our journeying together.

At the same time, your gathering will give voice to the victims of such injustice and violence, and seek to show the path that will lead the human family out of this tragic situation. With these sentiments, I assure you of my spiritual closeness. May the martyrs of today, belonging to many Christian traditions, help us to understand that all the baptised are members of the same Body of Christ, his Church (cf. I Cor 12:12-30). Let us see this profound truth as a call to persevere on our ecumenical journey towards full and visible communion, growing more and more in love and mutual understanding.

From  the Vatican, 1 November 2015


May the Road Rise Up to Meet You – A Celtic Blessing | Prayers for A Pilgrim Church

Source: May the Road Rise Up to Meet You – A Celtic Blessing | Prayers for A Pilgrim Church

Dear friends,
I have just created a new blog, where I intend to share with those interested the prayers I have gathered along the years from various Christian traditions. Enjoy, and if you want to share with me, for the blog, any prayers that have ministered to you, please do. God bless you all.

Danut Jemna – Credinta crestina – Despre ecumenism

Danut Jemna - Ratio et revelatio - coperta

Ce anume este ecumenismul? De ce este el atât de criticat în anumite cercuri creștine? Este posibilă o relaţie sănătoasă între bisericile creştine confesionale, în special între cele care aparţin unor tradiţii istorice diferite?


De la apariţia mişcării ecumenice, atât credincioşii obişnuiţi, cât şi liderii bisericilor s-au raportat la acest proiect cu o mare doză de scepticism. Iată câteva dintre cele mai frecvente greşeli de abordare cu privire la ecumenism:

Ecumenismul este o erezie. Această formulă exprimă o suspiciune generală în dreptul mişcării ecumenice, cum că ar reprezenta o încercare de a crea o nouă identitate creştină, de a propune un proiect de renunţare la orice specificitate confesională şi locală. De asemenea, reacţia este alimentată şi de o atitudine radicalizată care face dintr-o confesiune calea unică şi absolută de exprimare a credinţei creştine. Aceasta riscă să piardă din vedere că identitatea creştină are un miez tare pe care ar trebui să îl recunoască fiecare comunitate, dincolo de diferenţele locale or confesionale, care sunt normale, până la un punct.Read More »

Danut Jemna – Credinta crestina – Credinta vs ratiune

Danut Jemna - Ratio et revelatio - coperta

Omul este fiinţa care operează atât cu raţiunea, cât şi cu credinţa. Pentru viaţa creştină, este una dintre acestea mai importantă decât cealaltă?

Încă de la începuturile creştinismului, s-au conturat mai multe opinii cu privire la această problemă a relaţiei dintre credinţă şi raţiune. În general, omul modern afirmă că cele două sunt radical diferite şi că ar trebui tratate separat. Raţiunea este definită drept capacitatea omului de a crea un raport inteligibil cu lumea, de a crea reprezentări cognitive ale realităţii. Pe de altă parte, credinţa este considerată a fi un nivel de încredere sau o adeziune a omului faţă de o persoană sau de un adevăr care este primit prin revelaţie şi nu este consecinţa unui efort uman de cunoaştere. Orice încercare de a le pune în relaţie demonstrează că ele sunt contradictorii şi că una ar trebui să cedeze în favoarea celeilalte. Când este vorba despre cunoaşterea lui Dumnezeu şi a adevărurilor ultime, se consideră că între raţiune şi credinţă există un conflict incontestabil sau cel mult o relaţie de subordonare. Lucrurile eterne, precum fiinţa lui Dumnezeu, nu pot fi cuprinse cu raţiunea omului, care este limitată. O asemenea viziune pare să fie susţinută chiar de Sfânta Scriptură, atunci când Sf. Ap. Pavel pune în contrast înţelepciunea lui Dumnezeu, descoperită în Scriptură, cu înţelepciunea oamenilor, aşa cum este prezentă în filosofie şi în ştiinţa vremii (1 Cor. 1,2).Read More »

Danut Jemna – Credinta crestina – Criza uceniciei crestine

Danut Jemna - Ratio et revelatio - coperta

Evanghelia afirmă că Isus a lăsat ca mandat apostolilor să facă ceea ce ei l-au văzut făcând, adică să facă „ucenici dintre toate neamurile”. Ucenicia însă nu pare să mai fie preocuparea principală a comunităţilor creştine actuale. A renunţat oare Biserica la acest mandat?


Tema uceniciei este una centrală în creştinism, nu doar pentru că Isus a practicat-o sau a lăsat-o ca misiune pentru apostoli (cf. Mt. 28:19). Această valoare fundamentală ţine de însăşi natura vieţii creştine, de forma concretă pe care o ia ca experienţă comunitară. De aceea, ucenicia nu poate fi o excepţie, nu poate fi o cale doar pentru persoane retrase din lume care se dedică slujirii creştine în acest mod. Vedem limpede din Scripturi că în cazul apostolilor ucenicia a reprezentat un reflex firesc al unei identităţi care se afirmă în lume prin viaţa şi misiunea creştină. Sf. Irineu[1] atestă că viaţa comunităţilor creştine s-a construit pe această paradigmă încă de la început, astfel că slujitorii Bisericii, conducătorii comunităţilor creştine şi-au câştigat poziţia de autoritate prin asumarea disciplinei uceniciei.Read More »

Danut Jemna – Credinta crestina – Exista ierarhie in Sf. Treime?

Danut Jemna - Ratio et revelatio - coperta

În Biblie scrie că Isus a spus că Tatăl este mai mare decât el. Asta înseamnă că există o ierarhie în Trinitate? Dacă Isus este Dumnezeu, de ce a trebuit să asculte de Tatăl? Sau este el un Dumnezeu de rang inferior?


Această întrebare aduce în discuţie o temă care adesea a creat confuzii de-a lungul istoriei Bisericii, fapt ce se petrece şi în prezent, sub diverse forme. Într-adevăr, există şi astăzi credincioşi care, citind Scriptura sau ascultând slujbele religioase din biserici, ajung să spună că în Dumnezeu, ca Trinitate, există o ierarhie clară. O dovadă la îndemână invocată constant este aceea că există o ordine a numirii celor trei persoane (Tatăl, Fiul, Duhul Sfânt), atât în cult, cât şi în textul biblic. De asemenea, practica religioasă a produs în unele cazuri o mecanică ce susţine că rugăciunea trebuie adusă doar Tatălui, în numele Fiului şi prin Duhul Sfânt. Un exemplu îl găsim încă din perioada Sf. Vasile cel Mare. Acest gânditor are curajul să modifice practica preferată de arieni din cadrul liturghiei din acea epocă (se utiliza sintagma slavă Tatălui, prin Fiul, în Duhul), introducând formula liturgică bine-cunoscută astăzi care susţine egalitatea persoanelor divine: slavă Tatălui şi Fiului şi Sfântului Duh (Sf. Vasile, Spir. I). În final, menţionăm că există o serie de pasaje în Noul Testament care, în mod incontestabil, îl prezintă pe Isus într-o relaţie asimetrică cu Tatăl şi cu Duhul Sfânt, astfel că răspunsul pare a fi mereu acelaşi, anume că există o ierarhie divină clară (de exemplu, în Ioan 14:28, Isus spune că „Tatăl este mai mare decât mine”).Read More »