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  • NSIEAB 11:29 AM on 11/27/2007 Permalink | Reply
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    Document Recognizing Mutually the Administration of the Sacrament of Baptism 

    In a very moving celebration at the Mosteiro de São Bento, São Paulo, Brazil, the Roman Catholic Church, The Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brazil, the Presbiterian United Church and the Sirian Orthodox Church signed a document recognizing mutually the administration of the sacrament of Baptism.

    This agreement was a result of many years of dialogue and advance of a more closer relashionship between these Churches trough the National Council of Christian Churches (CONIC).

    The signature took place at the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the CONIC, last week, precisely at 15th november. More than 400 people witnessed the celebration.

    At the document, the churches agree that ‘ the baptism instituted by Christ is fundamentally a free gift of God, linking the baptized with the death and Christ’s ressurection for sins pardon and new life’.

    Also, the Churches ‘accept the Baptism as basic link of the unity that is given by the faith in the same Lord’

    The Document affirms that ‘with this agreement are excluded the possibility of re-baptism in case of a believer change from one church to another fellow church’

    This mutual recognition was well received in ecumenical circles, especially within the World Council of Churches. This is the first time that the mutual acceptance of baptism is insituted by a multilateral agreement, including the Roman Catholic Church.

    The document was signed by the Right Revd. Geraldo Lyrio (Roman Catholic Church), The Most Revd Mauricio Andrade (Episcopal Angican Church of Brazil), Pastor President Walter Altmann (Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brazil), Pastor Moderator Manoel de Souza Miranda (Presbyterian United Church of Brazil) and Mons. Antônio Nakkoudda (Sirian Orthodox Antioch Church).

    Photo: candles being lit (by Zenaide Barbosa)


    The Rev. Canon Francisco de Assis Silva

    SecretaryGeneral of IEAB

  • NSIEAB 11:28 AM on 11/01/2007 Permalink | Reply
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    IEAB Representatives Take Part of TEC’s Executive Council Meeting 

    Members of the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council spent a large portion of the second day of a three-day meeting in Dearborn, Michigan, October 27 hearing about the mission and ministry of its covenant partners in Brazil, Central America, Liberia, Mexico and the Philippines.

    The Primate of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil, Bp. Maurício Andrade, said the church in Brazil has nine dioceses and one missionary district covering the entire country comprising about 120,000 Anglicans. He said the church has engaged in a deliberate expansion plan over the last 20 years, and has companion diocese relationships with domestic dioceses including Atlanta, California, Central Pennsylvania, Indianapolis and Massachusetts.

    “We are a living church,” said the Rev. Canon Francisco de Assis Silva (Secretary-General of IEAB). “We are a church that is relevant in the Brazilian context and a church that has its own way of being that is very unique within the Anglican Communion.”

    The provincial secretary called the Brazilian church “a place where we respect all individuals” and diversity including that of gender and sexual orientation. He also said that the church must be a “firm and strong witness” to a country “on the cusp” of becoming fully developed.

    The Brazilian Church “rejects any attempt to introduce into the Anglican Communion any practices that are foreign to our traditions, our historical tradition, our evangelism, and our inspiration in God,” Andrade told the Council.

    At the end of the presentations, Presiding-Bishop of The Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori, told the Council that the primates of the covenant partners met October 26 and, in part, discussed the possibility of a covenant among themselves “that might be an example to the rest of the Communion of what an Anglican covenant could look like.”

    The Primate and the Secretary-General were invited by Presiding-Bishop Katharine Schori to share their thoughts at TEC’s Executive Council and World Missions Committee.

    Photo: Primate and Secretary-General talking to the Executive Council (courtesy Episcopal News Service)

    Text adapted from an Episcopal News Service article.


    Luiz Coelho

    Communications WG Member

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