Notre Dame News | April 7, 2019
From March 26 to 28, the University of Notre Dame hosted senior leadership delegations from five Christian denominations for a historic gathering that gave rise to “The Notre Dame Consultation Statement,” a document affirming recent significant strides of progress in ecumenical relations and recommending ways to further develop relationships between the various traditions.
Delegations were led by:
- Rev. Chris Ferguson, general secretary, World Communion of Reformed Churches
- The Most Rev. Dr. Josiah Idowu-Fearon, secretary general, Anglican Communion
- Rev. Dr. Martin Junge, general secretary, Lutheran World Federation
- Cardinal Kurt Koch, president, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
- Rev. Dr. J.C. Park, president, World Methodist Council
The leadership of the five Christian denominations had not met together before the Notre Dame Consultation and represented the Christian world communions formally associated with the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification. This 1999 document — affirmed by Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, Reformed Christians and Roman Catholics — expressed a shared understanding on the nature of salvation as being by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and addressed fundamental issues that have divided Christians for centuries.
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