The Diaconate as Ecumenical Opportunity: Historical and Ecclesiological Layers in Understanding the Diaconate
2014 (English)In: International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church, ISSN 1474-225X, E-ISSN 1747-0234, Vol. 13, no 4, 270-285 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article gives an account of the background to the Hanover Report, The Diaconate as Ecumenical Opportunity (1996), and in particular to the West Wickham consultation (1995). Recognising that the diaconate offers new ecumenical perspectives on ordained ministry, the author presents and critiques the Hanover Report for its harmonisation of contradictory positions, especially among Lutherans. The idea of diaconal ministries in the report makes the distinctive diaconate indistinct and gives rise to a mainly functional understanding of ministry. Ecclesiologically historical layers contradicting each other are mixed in such a way that the ecumenically productive eucharistic ecclesiology derived from the Early Church and central to the report’s understanding of the diaconate remains at the end rather indistinguishable among the variety of other perspectives conveyed.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 13, no 4, 270-285 p.
Anglo-Nordic Diaconal Research Project (ANDREP), deacons, diaconate, diaconal ministries, diakonia, Hanover Report, eucharistic ecclesiology, ordained ministry
Research subject Ecclesiology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-218514DOI: 10.1080/1474225X.2014.861232OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-218514DiVA: diva2:695839