Exploring God's Image: Anglican-Orthodox Reps Talk Sexuality, Grace, Marriage, Celibacy and Friendship

(Photo Credit: Phil Topham/AnglicanCommunion.org)Members of the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue pose for a photo at St Asaph Cathedral in Wales, England in a September 2012 photo.

Anglican and Eastern Orthodox Church representatives concluded a seven-day meeting on Monday which aims eventually to generate a joint statement on Christian Anthropology, especially with regard to the question of what it means to be created in the image and likeness of God.

The meeting included twenty-two members of the The International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue which met in Wales, England from September 3-10.

Members submitted seven papers including a proposed joint statement on Christian Theology with basic theological presuppositions and an informational overview on Anglican views on sexuality, including reports, resolutions and decisions. Other reports discussed grace and freedom from an Anglican viewpoint, marriage, friendship and celibacy, divorce, ecological theology, and nature, grace and freedom from the Orthodox point of view.

"Recognizing the need for our churches to address the urgent issues of contemporary humanity, the Commission explored the application of its study, particularly in the area of ecology," the group said.

The co-chairmen for the ICAOTD are the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate's Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia and the Anglican Church of Australia's The Most Revd Roger Herft of Perfth.

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