The United and Uniting churches are very diverse in their theology and church life, but one in their commitment to making Christian unity visible today. This book forms the official record of the seventh international consultation of United and Uniting churches. The consultation brought trenchant reflections on issues which challenge all churches today: the meaning of unity in a world which prefers division; the imperative of a mission which promotes unity rather than division; and the church's identity at a time when institutions and values are under threat. In addition to these themes, the consultation message tackles the crucial ecumenical issue of relationships, calling for fresh and frank dialogue between the United and Uniting churches, their mission and funding partners, and the Christian world communions. Including contributions from the Netherlands, Ghana and the United Kingdom, South Africa, Jamaica, Australia, the United States, and India, this book offers a testimony to the vitality of the church union movement and a challenge to all those concerned for the church's unity, life and mission today.
Thomas F Best is an Executive Secretary for Faith and Order in the World Council of Churches. Dagmar Heller was an Executive Secretary for Faith and Order in the WCC, and is now Regional Secretary for Mission and Ecumenism of the Protestant Church in Baden for Northern Baden, Heidelberg, Germany.