Ecumenical Vespers in Northeast Florida
The 5th Ecumenical Vespers/Evening Prayer
at the Judicatory-level in Northeast Florida
During the 2018 WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY (January 18-25)
with the Rev. Alexandra Hedrick, Stated Clerk, St. Augustine Presbytery as Presider and Homilist
and the Rev. Dr. W. Stephen Goyer, Host Pastor and Master of Ceremony
on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 6:00 PM
at the Riverside Presbyterian Church
849 Park St., Jacksonville, FL 32204
Judicatories returning to the 5th Ecumenical Vespers in Northeast Florida
New to the 2018 Ecumenical Vespers
- Newly Installed Bishop Pedro Suarez, Florida-Bahamas Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
- Rev. Joyce Lieberman, Executive & Stated Clerk, Synod of South Atlantic (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina), Presbyterian Church (USA)
- Rev. Dr. Jay Therrell, Superintendent, North East District, Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, standing in for Bishop Kenneth Carter.
This year's ecumenical evening prayer service is very important, as it comes after the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation by Martin Luther.
In July 2017, the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), holding its once-in-seven-years worldwide General Council in Germany, signed a declaration endorsing the 1999 Catholic-Lutheran agreement on known as the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ). This decision by the WCRC -- representing 80 million members of the Congregational, Presbyterian, Reformed, United, Uniting and Waldensian churches -- marked another step in a gradual but remarkable reconciliation on this issue among Christians who once fought wars and declared each other heretics over just such questions.
In 2006, the World Methodist Council formally endorsed the Catholic-Lutheran accord, known as the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification [JDDJ]. The Anglican Communion also did the same on October 31, 2017. Bishop Brian Farrell, the Secretary of the Pontifical [Vatican] Council for Promoting Christian Unity said that “Convergence on this point draws Lutherans, Catholics, Methodists, Reformed and Anglican Christians into a deeper communion, on the path to the full reconciliation of the Churches as the Lord wishes.”
For more information
- about the Presbyterian Church (USA): https://www.presbyterianmission.org/what-we-believe/
- about the Synod of South Atlantic (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina): http://synodofsouthatlantic.org/
- about the St. Augustine Presbytery: http://www.staugpres.org/
- about the Riverside Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville: http://rpcjax.org/welcome/our-church
- about details about the 5th Ecumenical Vespers: contact Teri Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Reformed Churches
- The Reformed Church in America: https://www.rca.org/
- United and Uniting Churches: https://www.oikoumene.org/en/church-families/united-and-uniting-churches
- The United Church of Christ: http://www.ucc.org/about-us_what-is-the-united-church-of
- The Congregational United Church of Christ: http://congregationalucc.com/website/
- The Waldesian Church: https://www.oikoumene.org/en/member-churches/waldensian-church
General questions on Ecumenism, the Ecumenical Movement, Christian Unity, and about relations among the Christian Churches, contact Dr. Chau T. Phan, Associate Diocesan Ecumenical Officer, Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine at email@example.com
(updated January 30, 2018)
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Dr. Chau T. Phan is a lay Associate Diocesan Ecumenical Officer, Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine.
Email: phancity (at) gmail (dot) com.