The night before his death, Jesus prayed that we who believe in him might all be one (John 17:21). We want to be faithful in responding to this wish of Jesus. But we know that our churches are not simply different from one another but divided in many ways. The churches have given the Theological Dialogue on Matters of Faith and Order Convening Table the work of speaking together about the Gospel and our church communities in ways that will lead to healing our divisions while honoring our diversity. But the work of the Convening Table is only part of the churches’ response to Jesus’ unity call to us. Faith and Order is the task of everyone in every church as we find ways to be faithfully Christian together.
Faith and Order affirms the oneness of the Church of Jesus Christ and keeps before the churches the Gospel call to visible unity in one faith and one Eucharist communion, expressed in worship and in common life in Christ, in order that the world may believe.
Faith and Order Co-Conveners: Rev. Dr. Mitzi Jarrett Budde, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Raffi Balian, Armenian Orthodox Church; Stephen G. Ray Jr., Ph.D., United Church of Christ.
Staff: Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos, Associate General Secretary, National Council of Churches. 917-287-1144, [email protected]