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The church: towards
a common vision
The Church: Towards a Common Vision (sometimes abbreviated to TCTCV) is a document from the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches (Faith and Order Paper No.214). Published in 2013, it was the result of many years work by representative theologians from Orthodox, Anglican, Protestant, Evangelical, Pentecostal and Roman Catholic Churches asking what can be said together about the Church and how closer mutual understanding might contribute to overcoming the obstacles standing in the way of unity between the divided Christian communities.
Here we provide a short guide for anyone interested in reading The Church: Towards a Common Vision. It could be used by people either reading on their own or as part of a study group.
The guide is made up of 4 sections
- An introduction to the text and the importance of the doctrine of (i.e. about) the Church for Christian unity;
- Some suggestions about how to read the text and the questions it addresses to the churches;
- A glossary/guide to some of the more technical or controversial words and ideas contained in the text.
- An index to The Church: Towards a Common Vision