Witnessing Together – Who, What and to Whom? The Concept of Witness in 'Together Towards Life' and 'The Church: Towards a Common Vision'

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Heikkilä , I U 2019 , ' Witnessing Together – Who, What and to Whom? The Concept of Witness in 'Together Towards Life' and 'The Church: Towards a Common Vision' ' , Ecclesiology , vol. 15 , no. 3 , pp. 261–282 . https://doi.org/10.1163/17455316-01503003

Title: Witnessing Together – Who, What and to Whom? The Concept of Witness in 'Together Towards Life' and 'The Church: Towards a Common Vision'
Author: Heikkilä, Ida U
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Theology
Date: 2019-09-11
Language: eng
Number of pages: 22
Belongs to series: Ecclesiology
ISSN: 1744-1366
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/322043
Abstract: ‘Witness’ belongs to the central vocabulary of contemporary ecumenism. Despite its ecumenically significant role the concept has not been defined in ecumenical dialogues, neither analysed in academic research. Already a rough mapping of dialogue documents shows that the concept is used in various ways and contexts but not in a coherent or conscious way. This article studies the meaning of ‘witness’ in two ecumenical documents issued by the World Council of Churches, ‘Together towards Life. Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes’ (2012) and ‘The Church: Towards a Common Vision’ (2013). Both documents see witness as the characteristically Christian way of participating in the mission of the Triune God but give it different roles in the life of the church.
Subject: 614 Theology
witness, ecumenism, mission, ‘Together Towards Life’, ‘The Church: Towards a Common Vision’
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