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The Leuenberg Agreement and Movement 1 1 : one important step forward towards the unity of protestant churches

V. Lubinetzki
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 44 | a197 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v44i0.197 | © 1970 V. Lubinetzki | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 July 2010 | Published:

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V. Lubinetzki, Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Southern Africa (ELCSA-NT), Die Wilgers, South Africa

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Abstract

The article deals with the Leuenberg Agreement of 1973 and the ecumenical development among its signatory churches during the following decades. After some historical and statistical remarks regarding the origin, growth, and further development of the Leuenberg Movement/Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE), the theological method and work of the Movement (CPCE) is presented through a few examples from the so-called Leuenberg documents. Specific attention is given to the theological reasoning through which achievement of full fellowship of pulpit and altar between most of the protestant churches in Europe was achieved over the years. From a personal (and European) point of view, some of the major achievements and benefits of “Leuenberg” are highlighted, as are several drawbacks, shortcomings and chal- lenges over the last 35 years and through to the present times.

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Church Unity; Community Of Protestant Churches In Europe CPCE; Leuenberg Agreement; Leuenberg Movement

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