The ARK, a publication of the American Association of Interchurch Families (AAIF) Volume 26; Edition 3; July, August & September 2015

The ARK, a publication of the American Association of Interchurch Families (AAIF); Volume 26; Edition 3; July, August & September 2015   http://interchurchfamilies.org/aaif/ARK201504Volume26Edition2.pdf

In this edition of The ARK, a publication of the American Association of Interchurch Families, we will continue to explore:                                                                       Interchurch Families: “Listen with the ear of your heart”

In this edition of the ARK, we will also examine

  • the role Receptive Ecumenism for Interchurch Families and our church communities
  • You will also find an account of our first awareness of God’s presence in our lives;
    a discussion of the implications for Interchurch Families of “Listening With The Ear of Your Heart;”
  • a discussion of “ RECEPTIVE ECUMENISM with implications for inter church families;
  • “Stay Curious, Learn New concepts, We are Made in God’s Image” and “ God’s Creation: “To Love the Earth is to Love the one who made it;”
  • “Jesus Doesn’t Tweet;”
  • Our desire to share the Eucharist with other baptized Christians;
  • A discussion of “Our goal is not to create new ecumenical structures, but to make
  • more ecumenical the structures that already exist through the church’s various ministries;” & Diversity in Unity;
  • Pastoral Care of Interchurch Families;
  • Make Ecumenical Structures More Ecumenical;
  • The Pastoral Care of Interchurch Families;
  • Some Humor with some Genuine Truth to be found within that Humor…;
  • A link to the Vatican document: INSTRUMENTUM LABORIS;
  • Have the needs or the gifts of Interchurch Families been recognized?
  • God’s Creation: “To Love the Earth is to Love the one who made it” – thoughts by Wendell Berry;
  • The Family, American Families Today; Where to from here? with Implications for Interchurch Families;
  • The Episcopal Church-United Methodist Church Dialogue Committee on Full Communion;
  • United By the Same Concern; Care of God’s Creation – A link to The Papal Encyclical 2015 with implications for interchurch families, those who give us pastoral care & ecumenists;
  • The National Workshop on Christian Unity will be held in Louisville, KY in 2016;
  • Bill Nye on the environment;

May interchurch families feel welcomed to enter into the ecumenical dialogue with Church Leaders in the U.S.A. at
The National Workshop on Christian Unity
~ Equipping Church Leaders in the Quest for Christian Unity
http://nwcu.org/
The next National Workshop on Christian Unity will be held
in Louisville, KY, April 18-21, 2016.
Please check back at this link http://nwcu.org/ for updates and further details.

May the positive ecumenical role of Interchurch Families be considered at:
The World Parliament of Religions in October 15-19 in Utah:
For further information, please see: http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/interfaith/

http://www.pcusa.org/search/?criteria=interfaith&x=0&y=0

Please share this edition of the ARK:
With others you may know who are in Interchurch Families,
With couples who are in an Interchurch Marriage,
With couples who may be considering entering into an Interchurch Marriage,

With the extended families of Interchurch Families or Interchurch Couples who wish to discover ways to become supportive and nurturing,

With anyone who may be called upon to give pastoral care to interchurch families,

With anyone who may either teach or who may be doing research about interchurch families and/ or our role on the journey to Christian Unity “That all may be one” (John
17:21),

With anyone who ministers to families so that the possibility and potential that interchurch families hold for Christian Unity can be explored by way of remote preparation, With Sunday school teachers or catechists who may consider the role of interchurch families and the role they play as lived examples of Christian Unity on our greater journey toward Christian Unity “That all may be one” (John 17:21),

With College Campus Ministers so that they may be able to discuss the possibility that 50% of all marriages in the United States have the potential to become “Interchurch Marriages” – Some of these marriages become church drop outs. Some find a neutral church. Some convert; the conversion rate seems to be 50-50 as to which rate the couple will move. The drop out rate seems to be high; this should be of concern to most denominations. It seems paramount then that some kind of positive input be given to the concept that being Interchurch is also positive for Christian Unity.

Many Blessings are extended to all, especially to those who are sharing this journey with us, moving us all toward Christian Unity.

 

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