“The focus is on hearing from fellow-Christians – those of earlier generations, as well as contemporaries from different traditions – about how they respond in practice to the call of Christ: how they interpret their situations, how they engage in processes of moral discernment, and how they reach and implement decisions.”—from the Introduction
In our times moral issues seem to pose a challenge to preserving unity within different churches as well as a frequent obstacle to restoring visible unity between the churches. This is the first of three volumes resulting from the work of a Faith and Order study group on moral discernment in the churches.
The volume features 14 self-descriptions of different traditions regard¬ing moral discernment: their sources, the interplay of sources, and the processes of ecclesial deliberation. The different self-descriptions are presented to enable reflection on and provide awareness of how processes of moral discernment are envisioned by the respective traditions. They invite the reader, as well as churches, to study them, reflect on the moral discernment of their own tradition, and learn how others engage in moral discernment.
Myriam Wijlens, a Dutch Roman Catholic theologian and canon lawyer, is a full professor and former vice-president of the University of Erfurt (Germany). Her research focuses on necessary reforms of canonical structures in light of ecumenically relevant ecclesiological developments. On behalf of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, she serves on several ecumenical dialogues.
Vladimir Shmaliy is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy of Religion at the Russian Orthodox Church Postgraduate School and at the MEPhi University (Moscow). An archpriest of the Russian Orthodox Church, he has served his church in many ecumenical dialogues and as a secretary of the Theological Commission of the Moscow Patriarchate. His research has ranged widely, including in theological anthropology and religion and science.