A Cloud of Witnesses – An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints

The Revd Dr Alan Falconer

This was the address given at the Annual Meeting of the Society in 2022. In it, Alan Falconer, formerly Director of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches and latterly Minister of St Machar's Cathedral, Aberdeen, proposes that the church returns to a project which was never completed: the creation of an ecumenical Calendar of Saints. He suggests that the way ahead would be to invite the Joint Liturgical Group of Great Britain to take up the task.

The Record, Volume 57 2022, pp3-20
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Alan Falconer was educated in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Geneva and Oklahoma. In 1972, Dr.Falconer was appointed to the Irish School of Ecumenics, Dublin as a lecturer. He became a Senior Lecturer, Dean and finally Director. In 1995, he was appointed Director, Faith and Order Commission, World Council of Churches. At the end of his ministry, he returned full circle as minister at St. Machar’s Cathedral where he had been an ordained assistant. He has written extensively on ecumenical themes, especially on reconciliation, church unity, ecclesiology and worship.