Circle of Faith Blog


This blog is about Christian Science in Christian dialogue and community.

The technical term is ‘ecumenical dialogue.’ The Mother Church as well as local communities are in various stages of formal dialogue with Christian councils and organizations around the world. This blog is an open, transparent discussion about these relationships.We encourage you to enter the conversation by contributing your own comments after the blog postings. The Ecumenical Team of bloggers include Shirley Paulson (Committee for Ecumenical Affairs), Janet Horton, Madelon Maupin, Brian Talcott, and Maryl Walters.

There’s a new twist in this year’s theme for the global, annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Receiving from others (instead of doing all the giving) breaks down barriers and demonstrates respect for those we don’t know well.

198. The Church: Towards a Common Vision

Part of the healing dialogue going on between Christian faiths world-wide is mirrored in a new World Council of Churches (WCC) booklet called “The Church: Towards a Common Vision.” It’s
a 40-page discussion of the role of Church—“the one holy, catholic and apostolic church” (catholic with a small “c” meaning universal) “to serve the divine plan for the transformation of the world.” (p. vi)

With the prospects of a 2015 having multiple hot spots throughout the globe, Christians committed to ecumenical dialogue can contribute to welcoming 'the stranger', in the spirit of Christ Jesus' example.

196. How do you identify your faith?

When I ask an individual of Christian background how they identify themselves I get a surprising variety of answers. A few decades ago, the reply would usually be to name one of the Christian denominations: Baptist, Catholic, Lutheran, etc. Today people discuss their individual faith journeys. 

195. One Grand Brotherhood

One bitterly cold Christmas I experienced something that revealed to me a more profound sense of the meaning of the season. My dad explained a family whose dad worked for him had just been evicted from their home.

We've got a great idea for Christmas reading. Explore the 'research/browse' section of Circle of Faith, and open the bibliography for some eye-opening reading. This is a great way to be prepared for engaging and constructive discussions with other Christians .

I’ve been thinking about Paul’s letters to the churches in Corinth and Rome, and how he focuses more on the need for the early Christians to get along, to love each other, than to go out and preach the new gospel. Apparently, loving each other was as needed then as it’s needed today!

192. An Ecumenical Encounter: "It's Him Again"

We have the privilege of seeing and feeling God's presence in our interactions with others, regardless of color or denomination.  Then our understanding of God’s greatness only gets bigger--one more blessing gleaned from ecumenical involvement.       

191. Is Ecumenical Prayer Powerful?

     In recent years we’ve seen many examples of the power of ecumenical legislative efforts, ecumenical councils and teams. Yet my heart yearns to consider “Can ecumenicalprayerbe powerful?” 

190. Christ calling us together

When we are asked to join with other Christians to address some issue, we may feel some trepidation. Will the others accept me? Do I feel comfortable in a group with those who may have differing views of what it means to be a Christian? Will they agree with my views of prayer and healing? Will I be comfortable and be able to support what they have to share?