The 2008 Consultation in Vienna confirmed: Baptism is of central significance for the life of the church. Bishops and theologians on the one side from the Orthodox Churches belonging to the Conference of European Churches and on the other from the Lutheran, Reformed and United Churches in the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe introduced each other to their own baptismal tradition. Both traditions agree on the substance of Baptism. The rich diversity of liturgical forms is not church-dividing; it can mean enrichment. Both traditions stand before the task of including the significance of Baptism in Christian instruction in relation to the questions of meaning modern people are asking and of making the message of the Gospel clearer.
Michael Beintker, Viorel Ionita und Jochen Kramm (ed.)
2011 Verlag Otto Lembeck, Frankfurt am Main