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New Journal Articles of Note in Ecumenism, June, 2017
Abuom, Agnes. “On a Pilgrimage toward a Just Peace Church in Ecumenical Diversity.” The Ecumenical Review 69:1 (March 2017): 80-89.
This address by the moderator of the World Council of Church’s Central Committee offers two case studies for the search for just peace, based on the churches’ work in South Sudan and in Colombia, and suggests a broadening of the classic ten principles of peace-making, calling for a broader vision that includes a more holistic vision of just peace and the healing of memories.
Braüer, Martin. “Pope Francis and Ecumenism.” The Ecumenical Review 69:1 (March 2017): 4-14.
This article assesses the Pope’s “spectacular ecumenical gestures”: his meeting with Patriarch Kirill, his visit to the Waldensians in Turin, and his outreach to the Evangelical and Pentecostal Communities. It then characterizes the features of his ecumenical vision as reconciled diversity, synodality, the ecumenism of blood (martyrdom), and personal encounter.
Crossin, John W., OSFS. “Occasional Reflections on the Declaration on the Way.” Ecumenical Trends 46:6 (June 2017): 81-83.
The former Executive Director for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops shares his perspectives on the U.S. Lutheran-Roman Catholic harvesting document, Declaration on the Way: summarizing the text, describing the process of affirmation, raising questions around acceptable diversity and communal discernment, and asserting that the document lays the groundwork for the next stages of Catholic-Lutheran dialogue.
Kedjierski, Walter F. “Dialogue in Christ: Bringing Roman Catholics and Lutherans Closer Together.” Ecumenical Trends 46:5 (May 2017): 72-77, 79.
In the context of the Reformation 500th anniversary, the Director for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre (NY) shares what the Roman Catholic church has learned from 50 years of ecumenical dialogue, particularly in the Second Vatican Council, the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, and From Conflict to Communion on the Reformation observance. He expresses his “hope that dialogue, guided by the Holy Spirit, will be able to heal the deep wounds felt by many between our two Christian communities for these past five hundred years” (p. 73).
Leppin, Volker. “The Paul Wattson Lecture, San Francisco: The Reformation Jubilee: A Challenge for Ecumenism.” Ecumenical Trends 46:4 (April 2017): 49-55, 62.
In the context of the 2017 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation, the Professor of Church History at Tübingen University traces the history of prior centennial observances of the anniversary, explores the medieval context of Martin Luther’s desire to renew the church spiritually, and calls for a renewal of spiritual ecumenism and “the ecumenism of conceptual clarification” as ways forward for the future.
Moltmann, Jürgen. “The Unfinished Reformation.” Theology Today 74:1 (2017): 10-21.
“In this article, Jürgen Moltmann offers a clarion call to the whole church at the eve of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation to be semper reformanda. Moltmann discusses five major points: the theological implications of the contemporary move from a culture of dispute to a culture of dialogue; the unity of the Christian church under what he terms ‘the papacy of all believers’; the only true ‘reformation by faith alone’ initiated by the Anabaptists; the ecumenical importance of celebrating the Lord’s Supper together; and, finally, the idea that a reformation of hope needs to follow a reformation of faith” (p. 10, Abstract).
Rausch, Thomas P., SJ. “The Present State of Ecumenism: How Can We Move Forward?” Ecumenical Trends 46:4 (April 2017): 56-59, 63.
In this presentation to the Graymoor Community, Jesuit theologian Thomas Rausch identifies ecumenical obstacles and offers suggestions for moving forward: exploring ecumenical gift exchange, affirming the goal of visible unity, mentoring ecumenists for the next generation, encouraging occasional Eucharistic hospitality, fostering ecumenical journeys of friendship, and walking together as fellow pilgrims.
“Reform, Revival, or Reversal: The Reformation at Five Hundred Years,” theme issue: Pro Ecclesia: A Journal of Catholic and Evangelical Theology 26:1 (Winter 2017):
- Radner, Ephraim. “The Naked Christian: Baptism and the Broken Body of Christ”: 25-42.
- Rempel, John, “In Search of a Congruent Ecclesiology”: 43-44.
- Vissers, John. “Continuing Conversion: The Reform of the Church as Ecumenical Task”: 45-48.
- Goulding, Gill. “Reformation and Recusants: Christian Unity and the Communion of Saints”: 49-55.
- Stahl, Michael. “Not Only Luther: The German Debate over the Reformationsjubiläum”: 56-58.
Rodriguez, Rosanna. “An Ecclesiology of Rapprochement: Catholic and Oriental Orthodox Churches as Sister Churches.” Ecumenical Trends 46:5 (May 2017): 65-71, 78.
The article examines the ecclesiology of communion in the Catholic and Oriental Orthodox dialogue, suggests three ways in which the ecclesiology of sister Churches provides a basis for Catholic-Oriental Orthodox rapprochement, and challenges both churches to “offer a better witness to their relationship as sister Churches” in two ways: Roman Catholic move toward subsidiarity and autonomy to bishops and Oriental Orthodox recognition of baptism.
USCCB Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs and the ELCA Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations. “Statement on 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.” Origins 46:41 (March 16, 2017): 646-647.
Washburn, Christian D. “Doctrine, Ecumenical Progress, and Problems with Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry, and Eucharist.” Pro Ecclesia: A Journal of Catholic and Evangelical Theology 26:1 (Winter 2017): 59-80.
“This article will begin with a brief examination of the history of the text of the Declaration on the Way. The article will then examine the sacramentality of ordination, the ordination of women, and the sacrifice of the mass from a doctrinal and ecumenical perspective” (p. 59). The author then concludes by identifying three problems with the text of the Declaration, arguing that its conclusions go beyond the dialogues’ achievements and are not warranted.
New Journal Articles of Note in Ecumenism, April, 2017
Bevans, Stephen, SVD. “The Church: Towards a Common Vision: A Missiological Reading.” One in Christ 50:2 (2016): 250-256.
The author, a Roman Catholic member of the WCC Commission on World Mission and Evangelism, notes the missiology he sees in The Church: Towards a Common Vision (TCTCV) and puts that Faith and Order document into conversation with the 2013 WCC document Together Towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes. He then identifies the places in which the themes of missiology could be strengthened in TCTCV, particularly in the marks of the church, the structure of the church, and the ordering of the document.
Carter, David. “The Call to Holiness: From Glory to Glory, the Tenth Report of the Methodist-Roman Catholic International Dialogue.” Ecumenical Trends 45:10 (Nov. 2016): 145-153,159.
A member of the Roman Catholic-World Methodist Council international dialogue offers a summary of the 2016 tenth report, emphasizing its contribution to other ecumenical dialogues as the first bilateral report on the call of holiness. The report’s particular perspective on holiness is “relational, dynamic, and holistic”, and it sets forth an agreed Christian anthropology. Drawing upon the Methodist agreement with the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, the report finds common ground on God’s grace. It addresses the life of discipleship in this world and the “final destiny of Christians beyond this life.” Dr. Carter concludes with a call for this theological dialogue to be followed with dialogue on practical spirituality and discipleship.
Durber, Susan. “What Does Unity Mean in a World that is Falling Apart?” One in Christ 50:2 (2016): 213-222.
The Moderator of the WCC Faith and Order Commission reflects on the brokenness of the world in terms of creation, power, economics, a networked world, and sameness and difference, and calls upon the church to be a sign and servant of the koinonia/communion described in The Church: Towards a Common Vision.
Fahey, Michael A., SJ. “The Search for Christian Unity: Past, Present, and Beyond.” Toronto Journal of Theology 32:2 (2016): 315-328.
As part of a journal issue devoted to Vatican II, Fr. Fahey offers a bibliographic overview of ecumenical work since Vatican II, covering collaborative studies, the work of individual scholars, “the Francis factor”, and both the “dark clouds” and “brighter skies” of a future of reconciled diversity.
Lim, Timothy T. N. “The Reformation Quincentenary: Relearning the Past, Building the Future.” One in Christ 50:2 (2016): 257-269.
The evangelical Presbyterian ecumenist reviews the church situation in the Reformation era as the best of times and the worst of times and challenges the churches of all traditions to meet the challenge of history by commemorating the Reformation 500th anniversary together. He writes: “The commemoration is an opportunity for educating the churches on their respective distinctive histories, beliefs, and practices and the state of ecumenical dialogues and relations with one another, so as to remove the layered stereotypes and prejudices at the ground level. The commemoration also provides platforms for healing past memories and for creating conciliatory opportunities” (267).
Theme issue: “Theology between Wittenberg and Azusa [Lutheran-Pentecostal Dialogue].” Dialog: A Journal of Theology 55:4 (Winter 2016):
- Peterson, Cheryl M. “Theology between Wittenberg and Azusa”: 295-296.
- Zaprometova, Olga. “Theology of the Heart and Cognitio Dei Experimentalis (Experiential Knowledge of God)”: 299-307.
- Ortiz, Leila M. “A Latina Luthercostal Invitation into an Ecclesial Estuary”: 308-315.
- Peterson, Cheryl M. “Theology of the Cross and the Experience of God’s Presence: A Lutheran Response to Pentecostal Wonderings”: 316-323.
- Vondey, Wolfgang. “Pure Gospel or Full Gospel: On the Principles of Lutheran and Pentecostal Theology”: 324-333.
- Bitrus, Ibrahim. “The Means of Prosperity: The Neo-Pentecostal Interpretation of the Lord’s Supper in Nigeria”: 334-342.
- Chan, Michael J. and Joshua C. Miller. “Apocalyptic Eschatology: Lutheran-Pentecostal Reflections on the End”: 343-354.
- Brunner, Daniel L. and Leah Payne. “Exploring Pietism as an Intermediary for Lutheran-Pentecostal Dialogue”: 355-363.
- Hegertun, Terje. “When a Theological Institution Becomes Ecumenical: A Focus on the Process and the Experience”: 364-371.
Theme issue: “Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017.” Ecumenical Trends 46:3 (March 2017):
- Borelli, John. “The Significance of Father Paul Wattson for Ecumenism Today”: 35-38.
- Saffoury, Agnes Campbell, OSL. “What We are Given and What we Give: A Ministry of Reconciliation”: 39, 45.
- Davidson, Gregory. “Reformation and Reconciliation”: 40-41, 46.
- Milulanis, Dennis. “The Love of Christ Compels Us”: 42, 47.
- Martyn, William J., SA. “Everything Old Has Passed Away (2 Corinthians 5:17)”: 43-45.
Wilson, Sarah Hinlicky. “Still Reckoning with Luther: Why the Reformation Is and Isn’t Over.” Christian Century 134:6 (March 15, 2017): 22-27.
Reflecting upon the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Sarah Hinlicky Wilson muses: “If anything still deters reconciliation, it is neither the theology nor the person of Luther but the investment each party has in its own history and structure. Not Luther, but the 500 years that followed him – and the 1,500 that preceded him – are far more problematic. In a certain sense, the commemoration of a single anniversary, even of something that rocked history as much as the 95 Theses, is easier than the task of sifting through all the rubble that cascaded in their wake” (25-26).
Wood, Susan K. “The Correlation between Ecclesial Communion and Recognition of Ministry.” One in Christ 50:2 (2016): 238-249.
The Roman Catholic ecumenical theologian critiques The Church: Towards a Common Vision for lacking a correlation between the church as a communion of local churches and its theology of ministry: “one looks in vain for a statement that says that ministers, especially the ministry of oversight, must have solicitude for other local churches and the relations among them” (242). She discusses how church and ministry are addressed in Roman Catholic documents (Lumen Gentium, Unitatis Redintegratio, Dominus Iesus) and in the U.S. Lutheran-Roman Catholic document Declaration on the Way. She details the ecumenical challenges associated with her proposal for a correlation between the communion of churches and the mutual recognition of ministry and calls for this ecumenical work to be undertaken.
New Journal Articles of Note in Ecumenism, December 15, 2016
Arner, Neil. “Ecumenical Ethics: Challenges to and Sources for a Common Moral Witness.” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 36:2 (Fall/Winter 2016): 101-120.
“I document the historically unprecedented challenges and opportunities attending the prospect of devising ecumenical ethics endorsed by both Catholics and Protestants. First, I offer several reasons for attending to the connection between ecumenism and ethics…Second, I review previous comparisons of Catholic and Protestant approaches in ethics…Third, I show how one of the key methodological differentiators softens in recent decades as there emerges an increasing consensus on the moral sources of scripture, natural law, and history. I conclude by emphasizing the humility required for progress in the pursuit of any ecumenical ethics.” (Abstract)
Borelli, John. “Creating a Culture of Encounter: The Next Steps for a World in Need of Dialogue.” Ecumenical Trends 45:9 (October 2016): 129-137.
This published text of the 2016 Paul Wattson Lecture discusses the present context and offers an overview of the accomplishments of the 20th century ecumenical and interreligious movements, then elucidates how the church might move into the “culture of encounter” promoted by Pope Francis in his address to the U.S. bishops in September 2015, particularly in light of new religious identities, “multiple modernities,” and “new ecumenism” today.
The Church: Towards a Common Vision Response Articles:
- North American Academy of Ecumenists. “Responses to The Church: Towards a Common Vision from a September 2015 Gathering of the North American Academy of Ecumenists.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies (Summer 2016): 320-336.
- McPartlan, Paul. “The Church: Towards a Common Vision: A Roman Catholic Response.” Ecclesiology 12:3 (2016): 298-315.
- Creemers, Jelle. “An Evangelical Response to The Church: Towards a Common Vision.” Ecclesiology 12:3 (2016): 316-330.
Conroy, Julie M. “Back to the Basics with Ecumenical Speech.” Ecumenical Trends 45:8 (September 2016): 119-122.
Illustrated with personal stories and undergirded with Scripture, an appeal for charitable speech and respect regarding other denominations, for presenting other churches in a positive light, for deliberately looking for the good in one another’s traditions, for seeking mutual forgiveness, and for growth in holiness together.
Ford, John T., C.S.C. “Ecumenical Ecology and Ecological Ecumenism: Reflections on the Encyclicals of Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis.” Ecumenical Trends 45:8 (September 2016): 113-118, 127.
In this published presentation from the June 2016 Orientale Lumen Conference, Fr. Ford characterizes the call of ecumenical stewardship of creation as “see” (the goodness and beauty of creation, humans as the image of God, humanity as responsible for creation), “judge” (ecology grounded in the spirituality of conversion), and “act” (celebration of the protection of creation). He calls for September 1 to “become an ecumenical and interreligious Day of Prayer that unites Christians and people of other faith traditions in praising the Creator for the blessings of creation and in renewing the earth in sustainable ways” (p. 118).
Granberg-Michaelson, Wesley. “Stealing Jesus: A Protestant Takes Communion at Mass.” The Christian Century 133:15 (July 20, 2016): 26-31.
The Reformed Church leader and ecumenist traces the history of ecumenical dialogue on Eucharistic sharing with the Roman Catholic Church and calls for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation to be a catalyst for progress beyond a “don’t ask, don’t tell” approach, building upon mutual recognition of baptism and the achievements of dialogue.
Intercommunion between the Catholic and Reformed Churches, a series of viewpoints from a January 27, 2016 conference convened by Thomas O’Loughlin. One in Christ 50:1 (2016):
- Rumsey, Patricia, OSC. “‘Though Many, We are One Bread, One Body; For We All Partake of the One Bread and One Chalice.’ Who are You Kidding?”: 2-6.
- Nichols, Bridget. “Intercommunion: A Church of England Perspective”: 7-21.
- O’Loughlin, Thomas. “Fictive Families – Real Churches: Commensality and Pneumatology”: 22-37.
- Cassidy, James M., CRIC. “Intercommunion: The Pope and Canon Law”: 38-44.
- Ball, John, MHM. “A Reflection on Catholic Concerns Regarding Eucharistic Intercommunion among Christians”: 45-47.
MacPherson, Damian, SA. “Unity in God’s Time: 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.” Ecumenical Trends 45:9 (October 2016): 142-143.
The Director for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto summarizes Lutheran-Roman Catholic ecumenical progress on justification, describes preparations for joint observance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, and suggests that “unity between Lutherans and Roman Catholics may be more than half way there” (p. 143). He concludes with a call: “every ecumenist and indeed all Christians should hope and pray that he [Pope Francis] will break new and important ecumenical ground” (p. 143), such as more openness in Canon 844 (administration of sacraments to other Christians).
Reardon, Ruth. “Amoris Laetitia: Comments from an Interchurch Family Perspective.” One in Christ 50:1 (2016): 66-86.
A long-term leader in the interchurch families association analyzes the parts of Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation, “The Joy of Love” (2016), that relate to interchurch marriages (identifying themes of ecumenical domestic church, marriage as a vocation, pastoral accompaniment through the journey of life, and pastoral discernment around the circumstances of divorce and remarriage and Eucharist) and reflects on the pope’s comments in November 2015 to a Lutheran married to a Roman Catholic about partaking Catholic Eucharist.
Riggs, Ann K. “Building on the Legacy of Ecumenical Trail Blazers: Ecumenical Ecclesiological Possibilities of Mutual Recognition of the Personal Witness and Good Works of the Redeemed.” Ecumenical Trends 45:8 (September 2016): 123-127.
Inspired by the ecumenical legacy of Br. Jeffery Gros, Ralph Del Colle, and Margaret O’Gara and informed by the dialogues addressing holiness of life, Riggs calls for a new ecumenical approach that would “consider together the beliefs, practices and communities and their interrelations,” (p. 126) seeking to identify where the Holy Spirit is guiding believers in their lives of faith.
Schmidt, Markus, SJ. “Reflections on the Joint Declaration of Francis and Kirill at Havana 2016.” One in Christ 50:1 (2016): 87-99.
A Jesuit reflects on hopeful themes from the Havana Pope-Russian Orthodox Patriarch Joint Declaration around unity in martyrdom, marriage and family, progress on reconciliation between Greek Catholics and Orthodox, and the “miracle” that the pope and patriarch embraced as brothers.
Tveit, Olav Fykse. “Service and Advocacy: Matters of Faith?” The Ecumenical Review 68:1 (March 2016): 14-26.
In this speech given at the Nordic Conference on Systematic Theology in January 2016, the general secretary of the World Council of Churches asserts that joint action on climate justice and the Syrian refugee crisis can bridge the divisions of the churches with a common hope for prophetic advocacy as a united expression of faith and Christian love.
New Journal Articles of Note in Ecumenism, June 30, 2016
Carter, David. “A Hope-Filled Anthropology.” Ecumenical Trends 45:4 (April 2016): 49-55.
A British Methodist theologian summarizes the fourth report of the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox dialogue (In the Image and Likeness of God: A Hope-Filled Anthropology or The Buffalo Report, 2016), compares it to the Wesley brothers’ theology of growth in Christian perfection, and concludes: “This report is to be welcomed as giving us the doctrine of the divine image in humanity as a lens through which to survey the duties and privileges inherent in Christian discipleship, experience and ecclesial belonging in Christ” (p. 54).
Grazer, Walter E. “The Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor: Context and Significance of Pope Francis’ Encyclical, ‘On Care of our Common Home’ Laudato Si.” Ecumenical Trends 45:6 (June 2016): 85-90, 93.
This paper, presented at the National Workshop on Christian Unity in April 2016, reflects upon the context and continuity of this encyclical with Catholic teaching, identifies the distinctiveness of the present pope’s teachings on ecology, and analyzes this encyclical’s “prospects for impacting, influencing and meeting future environmental challenges” (p. 85).
Lehmann, Hartmut. “2017: The Quincentennial Celebration of the Reformation in an Age of Secularization and Religious Pluralism.” Dialog: A Journal of Theology 55:1 (Spring 2016): 79-87.
The Professor of Modern History at the University of Kiel reflects upon the Luther decade leading up to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by asking what is the relevance of Luther’s legacy today, particularly facing the “vexing issues” of Luther’s negative attitudes towards the papacy, Turks, and Jews. He reviews previous centenary observances of the anniversary and proposes three ways to give the 2017 commemoration “a completely different character”: proclaiming Lutheranism as a world religion, building upon the work of reconciliation begun between Lutherans and Mennonites, and reconciling the schisms of the sixteenth century.
Lim, Timothy T.N. “Recognition and Reception: Towards a Joint Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017.” Ecclesiology 12:2 (2016): 197-224.
“This article brings the 2013 Joint Working Group text Reception and the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity’s 2013 report From Conflict to Communion into dialogue with the 2017 commemoration of the Reformation with Reformed Christianity, Anabaptists, Brethren, Evangelicals, and Pentecostals. This investigation takes as its backdrop the mutual recognition and reception of churches. The paper reviews recent documents with a view to applying the reception of the quincentenary vision among these churches” (Abstract).
Rusch, William G. “Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry and Eucharist: Quo Vadis?” Ecumenical Trends 45:5 (May 2016): 65-69, 78-79.
The retired Lutheran ecumenist explains the new type of ecumenical document that a declaration in via ought to be and critiques the recently released Lutheran-Roman Catholic Declaration’s recommendations and its sponsoring bodies’ reception process, and concludes by calling for a “course correction” (p. 69).
Trice, Michael Reid. “Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry and Eucharist: A Commentary.” Ecumenical Trends 45:6 (June 2016): 81-84, 95.
The Lutheran Assistant Dean for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue at the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University (Jesuit), argues that “the Declaration may just prove that Lutherans and Catholics are further along in core theological agreements than anyone imagined” (p. 65), identifying what the document has to offer to each of three audiences (Lutherans and Catholics; all ecumenical partners; and the world), concluding: “At a moment of axial change in the world…the models for encountering and transforming, which also inform this Declaration, have immeasurably more to say to the world than we may know” (p. 95).
“The 2014 Agreed Statement on Christology of the Churches of the Anglican Communion and the Oriental Orthodox Churches”: International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church 16:1 (March 2016):
- O’Collins, Gerald, SJ. “The 2014 Agreed Statement on Christology of the Churches of the Anglican Communion and the Oriental Orthodox Churches: A Catholic Review”: 66-74.
- Wickham, Lionel R. “Εὐφραινέσθωσαν οἱ οὐρανοί, ‘Let the Heavens Rejoice’: An Anglican Reflection on the 2014 Agreed Statement on Christology of the Churches of the Anglican Communion and the Oriental Orthodox Churches”: 75-85.
Vogelaar, Huub. “‘We Intend to Move Together in Moving the World’: An Evaluation of the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches from 30 October to 8 November 2013 in Busan.” Exchange: Journal of Missiological and Ecumenical Research 45:1 (2016): 38-65.
The 10th WCC assembly is characterized in terms of its South Korean/Asian context, its theme of justice and peace, and its statements of unity, particularly The Church: Towards a Common Vision. The particular voices of Orthodox, Catholics, and Evangelicals in Busan are described, the divisive factor of homosexuality is discussed, along with political issues such as tensions in the Korean Peninsula and Christian presence in the Middle East, and ten concluding personal observations are presented.
New Journal Articles of Note in Ecumenism, March 31, 2016
Adam, Will. “Squaring the Circle: Anglicans and the Recognition of Holy Orders.” One in Christ 49:2 (2015): 254-269.
The author analyzes various ways that Anglicans have found to reconcile Anglican ministries with “non- or differently episcopal systems” of other denominations, recognizing others’ forms of ministry while maintaining their own commitment to episcopal ordination.
The Church: Towards a Common Vision Theme Issue. One in Christ 49:2 (2015):
- Tanner, Mary. “The Church: Towards a Common Vision. A Faith and Order Perspective”: 171-181.
- Storrar, William. “Towards the Common Good. A Church and Society Perspective on The Church: Towards a Common Vision”: 182-191.
- Clifford, Catherine E. “Catholic Perspectives on The Church: Towards a Common Vision”: 192-203.
- Colberg, Kristin. “Questions of Unity, Diversity and Authority in The Church: Towards a Common Vision. Advances and Tools for Ecumenical Dialogue”: 204-218.
- Flanagan, Brian P. “Catholic Appropriation and Critique of The Church: Towards a Common Vision”: 218-234.
Crossin, John W. “Ecumenical Reflections on Moral Discernment.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 50:4 (Fall 2015): 561-582.
“After reviewing the recent ARCUSA statement and two other recent ecumenical documents, the essay turns to Catholic moral teaching with emphasis on the 1993 encyclical, Veritatus splendor. The author notes a lacuna in the recent literature in the failure to examine systems of moral thinking. His agenda for the future would include a deeper exploration in Catholic moral theology of (a) the biblical witness, (b) the role of intention in moral decision-making, and (c) the guidance of the Holy Spirit in moral discernment” (Abstract).
Daly, Robert J., S.J., Gary Macy and Jill Raitt. “The Ecumenical Significance of Eucharistic Conversion.” Theological Studies 77:1 (March 2016): 7-31.
“We find that the conversation of the Eucharistic elements has indeed been understood by unimpeachably sincere Christians in a broad variety of ways. In contrast, there has been a remarkably constant convergence regarding the all-importance of the conversion of the participants. Were this taken as the starting point, we might discover that we have much more ecumenical unity regarding the Eucharist than is usually thought to be the case” (Abstract).
“Evangelii Gaudium and Ecumenism” theme issue. International Review of Mission 104:2 (November 2015), selected articles listed:
- Pernia, Antonio M. “A Missionary Church: Introduction and Chapter One of Evangelii Gaudium.”: 155-160.
- Kudiyiruppil, Mary John, SSpS. “The Joy of the Gospel amid the Crisis of Communal Commitment”: 161-173.
- Magesa, Laurenti. “Making Disciples: Pope Francis’ Paradigm for Mission”: 174-180.
- Himes, Kenneth. “Chapter Four of Evangelii Gaudium: The Social Dimension of Evangelization”: 181-186.
- Cruz, Gemma Tulud. “Chapter Five of Evangelii Gaudium: Spirit-Filled Evangelizers”: 187-192.
- Bevans, Stephen. “Life, Joy, and Love: Together towards Life in Dialogue with Evangelii Gaudium and The Cape Town Commitment”: 183-202.
- Lim, Timothy T.N. “The Holy Spirit in EG, TTL, and CTC: The Pneumatological Impulse for Christian Mission”: 203-216.
- Bacon, Nathanael. “Working Together in a Community Garden: Justice in CTC, EG, TTL”: 217-231.
- Armstrong, John H. “The Church in the Contemporary Ecumenical-Missional Moment: Together towards Life in Dialogue with Evangelii Gaudium and The Cape Town Commitment”: 232-254.
- Währisch-Oblau, Claudia. “Evangelism in Evangelii Gaudium, The Cape Town Commitment and Together towards Life”: 255-267.
- Kee-Fook Chia, Edmund. “Inter-Religious Dialogue in EG, TTL, and CTC”: 268-277.
- Kim, Kirsteen. Evangelii Gaudium and the Prospects for Ecumenical Mission”: 336-344.
- Kang, Ahram. “Ecumenical Hermeneutics through a Study of Missiological Typologies”: 345-360.
Ford, John T., C.S.C. “Vatican II’s Decree on Ecumenism at Age Fifty: An Exhausted Inheritance or a Living Legacy?” Ecumenical Trends 45:3 (March 2016): 34-39, 47.
This is the published version of the Washington Theological Consortium Figel Lecture presented by Fr. Ford, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Catholic University of America, as recipient of the WTC Ecumenism Award February 10, 2015, in which he analyzes the Decree on Ecumenism through the “metrics” of faith, order, life, work, and mission and then raises future issues from that legacy: implementation, nature of ordained ministry, church-dividing “life-issues”, spiritual ecumenism, and persistence in the ecumenical pilgrimage.
Goosen, Gideon. “Ecumenism: Why the Slow Progress?” One in Christ 49:2 (2015): 270-284.
The Australian ecumenist and theologian addresses various feelings and attitudes that continue to impede ecumenical progress, specifically: lack of commitment, ecumenism as an “optional extra,” ecumenism as a burden, councils as an alibi, a desire to restore things to an idealized past, ecumenism as “too idealistic,” lack of “transformational action,” communication, and funding.
Kinn, James W. “Imagine This! Unity Among the Christian Churches in this Century.” Ecumenical Trends 45:3 (March 2016): 40-45.
The Catholic author describes five elements that he believes will lead to Christian unity: “I) the hierarchy of truths that are essential for Christian faith; II) the existing common creeds and formal agreements; III) the distinction between the dogmas of faith and the language used to express them; IV) the fact of pluralism of theologies and their increasing acceptance; and V) the growing understanding that many of the diverse structures and forms of ministry of the Christian Churches are not established by jus divinum, that is, they were not founded on the direct will of God” (p. 40).
Lim T.N., Timothy. “Towards a Pneumatological-Ecclesiology: Outside the ‘Two Lungs of the Church.’” Review of Ecumenical Studies 7:2 (August 2015): 211-229.
“This paper critiques the framing of the pneumatological underpinning of ecclesiology as an Orthodox-Catholic conversation. The context for the Joint Commission for Orthodox-Catholic dialogue warrants the use of the metaphor “two lungs of the church” by official church leaders, ecclesiologists and theologians to speak of the Spirit’s work in and between both communions. However, I want to call attention to the pneumatological and ecclesiological problems in the use of the image “two lungs of the church.” If the Holy Spirit breathes upon and through the Body of Christ, reading the Spirit’s operation in the church (pneumatological-ecclesiology) cannot ignore, and much less dismiss or absorb (either explicitly or implicitly), the charisms outside of the Roman Catholic Church and Orthodoxy. Protestant denominations, such as Baptists, Brethren, Evangelicals, Presbyterians, Pentecostals and Charismatics are also contexts for studying the Spirit’s work in the churches. The paper concludes by proffering a mapping of recent pneumatological contributions of other Christian denominations and churches to invite theologians to assist in reframing or reconceptualizing a more appropriate anatomic metaphor for the Spirit’s work in and among the churches together” (Abstract).
Meyer, Harding. “‘Unity in Reconciled Diversity’: A Concept of an Ecumenical Goal, its Purpose, Origin, and Importance.” Ecumenical Trends 45:2 (February 2016): 17-28, 31.
This article, from the originator of the concept of “unity in reconciled diversity,” argues, despite critiques to the contrary, that the concept “is a complete, ecclesial unity, a unity in faith, in sacrament and in ecclesial office (ministry)” [italics in original].
Pillay, Jerry. “A Mission of Unity and a Unity of Mission: A Look at the Work of the Church Unity Commission” International Review of Mission 104:2 (November 2015): 403-415.
The President of the World Communion of Reformed Churches “explores the notion and meaning of mission in United and Uniting churches, asks whether union fosters mission and, more specifically, whether United churches practice mission reflecting a commitment to unity; and finally considers some of the challenges facing the Church Unity Commission (CUC) in moving forward…Church unity should begin at the local level if it is to be more effective. Hence, international, national, and regional structures and organizations should mobilize, empower, and enable local church communities for more effective mission and church unity” (Abstract).
Smit, Peter-Ben. “Ecumenical Dialogue as Intercultural Encounter: The Dialogue between the Mar Thoma Syrian Church and the Old Catholic Churches of the Union of Utrecht as an Example of Intercultural Theological Dialogue.” Exchange: Journal of Missiological and Ecumenical Research 44:4 (2015): 317-352.
“This paper provides an overview of a recent ecumenical dialogue, the one between the Mar Thoma Syrian Church and the Old Catholic Churches of the Union of Utrecht (2011-2014) and analyses the dialogue through the lens of intercultural theology, arguing that the fields of ecumenical dialogue and intercultural theology can be brought into conversation with each other fruitfully, even if this is not currently being done in appertaining scholarship” (Abstract).
“The 2014 Agreed Statement on Christology of the Churches of the Anglican Communion and the Oriental Orthodox Churches” Theme Issue. International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church 15:3 (September, 2015):
- Rowell, Geoffrey. “The Anglican-Oriental Orthodox Agreed Statement on Christology, 2014: A Note on Background and Context”: 159-160.
- “Christology: Agreed Statement of the Anglican-Oriental Orthodox International Commission, 2014”: 160-162.
- Trostyanskiy, Sergey. “Healing the Post-Chalcedonian Schism: Theological Reflections on the 2014 ‘Agreed Statement on Christology’ of the Churches of the Anglican Communion and the Oriental Orthodox Churches”: 163-185.
Winter, Harry. “Momentum Builds for Eucharistic Sharing from the 2015 Synod on the Family to the 500th Anniversary of Luther’s Theses, 2017.” Ecumenical Trends 45:1 (January 2016): 10-12.
New Journal Articles of Note on Ecumenism, December 11, 2015
Budde, Mitzi J. “Lived Witness.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 50:3 (Summer 2015): 391-416.
This essay explores moral decision-making, moral witness, and moral formation in the context of ecumenical dialogues, particularly the US-Anglican-Roman Catholic statement, Ecclesiology and Moral Discernment. Global, regional, and local examples of ecumenical efforts around ethics are provided; eight challenges to the work of dialogue on moral matters are identified; and six characteristics of “morally serious ecumenical communities” are described.
Carter, David. “The Priesthood of All the Faithful.” Ecumenical Trends 44:10 (November 2015): 150-155, 159.
For those who will be preaching on the 2016 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity text 1 Peter 2:9, the British Methodist ecumenist offers a rich theological study, drawing upon Yves Congar, of the ecumenical convergences and differences in understanding the people of God as a royal priesthood. He suggests a differentiated consensus on the relation of the ordained ministry to the priesthood of all believers and argues that “the
Chapman, David M. “Ecumenism and the Visible Unity of the Church: ‘Organic Unity’ or ‘Reconciled Diversity’? Ecclesiology 11:3 (2015): 350-370.
“This paper traces the origins and subsequent use of the concepts of ‘organic union’ and ‘reconciled diversity’ as alternative descriptions of the visible unity of the Church and the method and goal of ecumenism, with special reference to the documents of the World Council of Churches and a select number of related texts emanating from theological dialogue at a world level. The paper argues…that ‘reconciled diversity,’ as it is usually described, is only a temporary state on the way to ‘organic union’ and not itself a sufficient expression of the full visible unity of the Church.” (Abstract)
“A Dialogue on Believers’ Baptism.” Theme issue, Ecumenical Review 67:3 (October 2015):
- Thompson, David M. “The Exclusive Baptism of Believers: Some Questions for Wider Discussion”: 326-333.
- Callam, Neville G. “Baptists and the Subject of Baptism: Any Real Progress during the Last 25 Years?”: 334-361.
- Kettering-Lane, Denise D. “Brethren Baptism in an Ecumenical Perspective”: 362-373.
- Hicks, John Mark and Mark Weedman. “Believers’ Baptism among Churches of Christ and Christian Churches”: 374-385.
- Welsh, Robert K. “Believers’ Baptism in the Disciples of Christ”: 386-394.
- Enns, Fernando. “The Exclusivity of Adult Baptism and the Inclusivity of Infant Baptism – Dialoguing with Mennonites: Consensus, Convergences and Divergences, Differences, and Desiderata”: 395-410.
- Neufeld, Alfred. “Anabaptist-Mennonite Perspectives on Baptism in Dialogue with the Lutheran and the Roman Catholic Tradition: Ten Theses”: 411-422.
- Tomberlin, Daniel. “Believers’ Baptism in the Pentecostal Tradition”: 423-435.
- Heller, Dagmar. “Toward One Baptism: The Discussions on Mutual Recognition of Baptism in an International Perspective”: 436-449.
- Report: Consultation on Believers’ Baptism: 450-453.
Kinnamon, Michael. “Koinonia and Phloxenia: Toward an Expanded Ecumenical Ecclesiology.” Ecumenical Trends 44:10 (November 2015): 145-149, 159.
The veteran ecumenist seeks to broaden the ecclesiological vocabulary beyond language of fellowship with other Christians (koinonia) to add a complementary dimension of hospitality to strangers (philoxenia), arguing that both aspects are constitutive of the church’s identity and call.
Radano, John A. “The Significance of the Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue in the United States: After Fifty Years.” Ecumenical Trends 44:9 (October 2015): 129-136, 140-142.
Msgr. Radano reviews the U.S. Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, acknowledges its contributions to international Lutheran-Roman Catholic ecumenical advances, especially the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, and closes with a suggestion that the dialogue “seek to make a decisive ‘concrete step’ forward regarding reconciliation between Lutherans with the petrine ministry of the Bishop of Rome” (136).
“Responses to ‘The Church: Toward a Common Vision’” theme issue. Exchange: Journal of Missiological and Ecumenical Research 44:3 (2015):
- Koffeman, Leo J. “A New Ecumenical Reference Text?: Responses to ‘The Church: Towards a Common Vision’”: 221-230.
- Bordeianu, Radu. “The Church: Towards a Common Vision: A Commentary in Light of the inter-Orthodox Consultation at Agia Napa in Cyprus”: 231-249.
- De May, Peter. “The Missing Link between The Nature and Mission of the Church (2005) and The Church: Towards a Common Vision (2013): An Assessment of the Impact of ‘A Catholic Contribution toward Revising The Nature and Mission of the Church (2008)’”: 250-269.
- Hellqvist, Elina. “‘Satis est – Necesse est’: The Challenges of the Document ‘The Church of Jesus Christ’ to ‘The Church: Toward a Common Vision’”: 270-283.
- Fubara-Manuel, Benebo Fubara. “In Communion with the Trinitarian God: A Reformed Reflection on ‘The Church: Towards a Common Vision’”: 284-301.
- Salazar-Sanzana, Elizabeth. “The Church: Towards a Shared Vision: A Contribution from Pentecostalism”: 302-316.
New Journal Articles of Note on Ecumenism, July 2, 2015
Andercheck, Edward C. “Methodist-Catholic Dialogue: Ut unum sint and Geoffrey Wainwright’s Response.” Ecumenical Trends 44:7 (July/August 2015): 97-101, 110.
An analysis of Wainwright’s assessment of Ut unum sint’s five areas for fuller study, the first two easy: 1) joint study groups; 2) complementary approaches to Scripture; the latter 3 more challenging: 3) Eucharist; 4) Magisterium of the church; and 5) the Virgin Mary.
Bevans, Stephen. “Ecclesiology and Missiology: Reflections on Two Recent Documents from the World Council of Churches.” Dialog: A Journal of Theology 54:2 (Summer 2015): 126-134.
Engages two 2013 World Council of Churches documents: The Church: Towards a Common Vision and Together Towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes. “Beginning with the conviction that ecclesiology has to be missiological and missiology ecclesiological, this article reads each document from the basic perspective of the other…followed by a constructive critique from the author’s perspective as a Roman Catholic missionary ecclesiologist” (Abstract), focusing on the decree’s understanding of “dialogue,” the Eastern Churches, and the language of “churches and ecclesial communities,” especially acceptance of the validity of baptism.
Bonny, Johan. “Perspectives on the Future of Ecumenism: the 50th Anniversary of Unitatis Redintegratio.” International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church 15:2 (2015): 108-122.
The historical background of the decree Unitatis Redintegratio is reviewed, followed by “a proper evaluation of the decree and its consequences” (Abstract).
Carter, David. “Baptist-Catholic Dialogue Today.” Ecumenical Trends 44:7 (July/August 2015): 102-109.
Summary and analysis of the second report of the international Baptist World Alliance – Roman Catholic Church dialogue commission, The Word of God in the Life of the Church (2012), focusing on koinonia, Scripture and tradition, sacraments and ordinances, Mary as a model of discipleship, and the ministry of oversight.
Clifford, Catherine E. “No Turning Back: The Testament of Margaret O’Gara (1947-2012).” One in Christ 49:1 (2015): 114-123.
A Roman Catholic theologian’s personal appreciation for and professional assessment of the life and ecumenical legacy of Roman Catholic ecumenist Margaret O’Gara, in the context of the posthumous publication of O’Gara’s collected writings, No Turning Back (Liturgical Press, 2014).
Cohen, Will. “Clarifying the Doctrine of Sister Churches: Subsistence and Interdependence in Catholic-Orthodox Relations.” Pro Ecclesia 24:3 (Summer 2015): 343-365.
“The Ecumenical Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.” The Ecumenical Review 67:2 (July 2015):
- Clements, Keith. “Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Ecumenical Quest”: 295-301.
- Barnett, Victoria J. “The Ecumenical and Interfaith Landscape in Bonhoeffer’s Times”: 302-307.
- Brown, Stephen. “Bonhoeffer’s Continuing Challenge to the Ecumenical Movement”: 308-318.
- Robra, Martin. “Sing to the Lord a New Song: A Meditation on Bonhoeffer’s Relevance Today”: 319-321.
North American Academy of Ecumenists 2014 Conference Papers. Journal of Ecumenical Studies 50:2 (Spring 2015):
- Budde, Mitzi J. “Exploring a Common Vision for the Church for a North American Context: The 2014 North American Academy of Ecumenists Conference – President’s Introduction”: 202-215.
- Gibaut, John St-Helier. The Church: Towards a Common Vision: 216-248.
- Beardsall, Sandra. “It Takes a Village: Can The Church: Towards a Common Vision Help Raise North American Ecumenists?: 249-264.
- Rausch, Thomas P. “Towards a Common Vision of the Church: Will it Fly?”: 265-287.
- Derderian, Hovnan. “A Reflection in Light of The Church: Towards a Common Vision – Primate’s Banquet Speech”: 286-287.
- Robeck, Cecil M., Jr. “Panel Presentation on The Church: Towards a Common Vision”: 288-294.
- Thorsen, Don. “A Wesleyan-Holiness Perspective on The Church: Towards a Common Vision”: 295-298.
- Kibler, Ray F. III. “Reflections on The Church: Towards a Common Vision”: 299-302.
- Maupin, Madelon, “Panel Presentation on The Church: Towards a Common Vision”: 303-309.
- Tibbs, Paraskevè (Eve). “Common Vision, Common Understanding”: 310-314.
Roberson, Ronald G. “The Bari Document: Faith, Sacraments and the Unity of the Church.” Ecumenical Trends 44:8 (September 2015): 118-123.
The Associate Director of the Secretariat of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops presents the background and context of the Bari Document (International Catholic-Orthodox, 1987), summarizes it, and “reviews some Catholic reactions to the text…and adds some perspectives provided by a 1999 agreed statement of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation, Baptism and ‘Sacramental Economy’” (118).
Wilson, Sarah Hinlicky and Thomas Albert Howard. “Repent and Celebrate: The Reformation after 500 Years.” The Christian Century 132:14 (July 8, 2015): 20-23.
“The best anniversary that we can imagine for the Reformation at 500 is a prodigal distribution of Christ to the hungry as well as to those who have not yet realized that they are starving…if historical divisions are approached in a spirit of truthfulness and contrition, the Reformation’s quincentenary might in fact wonderfully concentrate the mind not only on the past and its hostilities but, more important, on the future and its possibilities” (p. 23).
New Journal Articles of Note on Ecumenism, July 2, 2015
Carter, David. “An Experience of French Ecumenism.” Ecumenical Trends 44:6 (June 2015): 88-93, 95.
An in-depth report on the March 2015 conference on “The Unity of Christians. Why? And for what purpose?” held at the French Higher Institute of Ecumenical Studies based at the Institut Catholique in Paris. The Methodist ecumenist provides a brief overview of French religious history and the current ecumenical context in France, then summarizes the themes and issues of the conference, with special appreciation for the work of the Groupe des Dombes, and concludes with a description of the French ecumenical journal, Unité des Chrétiens.
Carter, David. “Progress towards Anglican-Methodist Unity.” One in Christ 43:2 (2014): 194-214.
An historical overview of Anglican-Methodist international relations and an update based on three reports: the November 2014 AMICUM (Anglican Methodist International Commission for Unity in Mission) report Into all the World: Being and Becoming Apostolic Churches, the 2014 Irish agreement on full recognition of ministries, and the 2013 Joint Implementation Commission for the Anglican-Methodist Covenant in England’s report The Challenge of the Covenant.
“The Challenges of Ecumenism in Today’s World,” Theme issue on the 2014 Irénée Beaubien Institute of the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism. Ecumenism #192-193 (2015):
- Giulea, Dragos. “Re-Thinking Communion and Truth after the Volf-Zizioulas Dispute”: 7-11.
- Casian, Ioan. “Main Elements for an Ecumenical Roadmap: An Essay on a Polyphonic Dialogue”: 12-15.
- Chago, Marc. “Spiritual Unity”: 16-17.
- Clarke, Barry B. “An Ecumenical Dance with Anglicans”: 17-19.
- Allen, Paul. “Catholics and Evangelicals: Complementarity on Creation”: 20-22.
- Koshy, Sheha. “The Challenges of Ecumenism in Today’s World Conference”: 23-24.
- Jamieson, Christine. “Aboriginal Spirituality: An Ecumenical Encounter”: 25-28.
- Ryan, Thomas, CSP. “Spiritual and Receptive Ecumenism”: 29-33.
- Browne, Jessie. “A Reflection of the Challenges of Ecumenism in Today’s World Conference”: 34-35.
- Ladouceur, Paul. “Two Orthodox Visions of Ecumenism: Sergei Bulgakov and Georges Florovsky”: 35-39.
- Routhier, Gilles. “Ecumenism: Out of Style?”: 40-49.
- Castillo, Mariella Valdivia. “The Challenges of Ecumenism in Today’s World”: 50-51.
- Barrette, P. Gilles. “A Witness for Christ in Encounters with Muslims”: 52-55.
- Terreault, Sara. “The Road Increasingly Taken: Pilgrimage as Contemporary Ecumenical Practice?”: 56-59.
- Baker, Cliff. “Reflection Ecumenism in Today’s World”: 60-61.
- Lépine, Christian. “Ecumenism – The Road to Brotherhood”: 62-64.
Conradie, Ernst M. “Ecumenical Perspectives on Pentecostal Pneumatology.” Missionalia 43:1 (April 2015): 63-81.
This paper, delivered by the University of the Western Cape professor of systematic theology and ethics at a conference on the Pentecostal Movement and the Ecumenical Movement, offers an overview of the five movements of Christianity in South Africa, suggests ecumenical movement – Pentecostal movement dialogue and mutual enrichment around theological understandings of the relations of the persons of the Trinity (Father-Spirit; Son-Spirit), and offers three theological questions for dialogue around pneumatology, evil, and spiritual discernment.
Doe, Norman. “The Ecumenical Value of Comparative Church Law: Towards the Category of Christian Law.” Ecclesiastical Law Journal 17:2 (May 2015): 135-169.
“This study explores juridical aspects of the ecclesiology presented in the World Council of Churches’ Faith and Order Commission Paper, The Church: Towards a Common Vision (2013). It does so in the context of systems of church law, order and polity in eight church families worldwide: Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist, Reformed, Presbyterian, and Baptist” (Abstract). Response articles from Baroness Hale of Richmond (“Secular Judges and Christian Law”) and Leo J. Koffeman (“The Ecumenical Potential of Church Polity”) follow.
Durheim, Benjamin and David Farina Turnbloom. “Tactical Ecumenism.” Theological Studies 76:2 (June 2015): 311-329.
Two liturgical theologians propose “tactical ecumenism” to describe “concrete embodied practices…outside of official ecumenical dialogues” (especially liturgical acts and collaborative work for justice) as a new hermeneutic for ecumenism, based upon French Jesuit Michel de Certeau’s theory of everyday life practices.
Ford, John T. CSC:
1) “Fr. Paul of Graymoor: Prophet of At-one-ment.” Ecumenical Trends 44:3 (March 2015): 33-37;
2) “Father Paul of Graymoor: Preacher of Church Unity.” Ecumenical Trends 44:6 (June 2015): 81-84;
3) “Father Paul of Graymoor: Pilgrim of Christian Reunion.” Ecumenical Trends 44:6 (June 2015): 85-87, 94-95.
This three-part series is an expanded version of the paper that Fr. Ford, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America, presented on June 18, 2014 when the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement conferred the Paul Wattson Christian Unity Award upon him. In addition to religious biography, these essays address the historical, theological and ecumenical lessons of Fr. Paul’s life and ministry for the church and for ecumenists today.
“In Our Time: The Dynamic Relationship between Christian Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue,” papers from the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Conference, September 2013, Current Dialogue 56 (December 2014):
- Colwell, Peter, “Interfaith and Ecumenical Dialogue Resonances, Differences, Problems and Possibilities”: 10-14.
- Clements, Keith. “What is Distinctive about Christian Ecumenism and Why Does it Matter?”: 15-21.
Lim, Timothy T. N. “Recognition and Reception: Towards a Joint Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017 for Churches in Tidewater, Virginia.” Ecumenical Trends 44:4 (April 2015): 57-63.
In this January 2015 presentation to the LARCUM (Lutheran, Anglican, Roman Catholic, United Methodist) Ecumenical Formation Group in Virginia Beach, Dr. Lim summarizes the history of Reformation commemorations and challenges the group to implement a local observance of From Conflict to Communion, the Lutheran-Roman Catholic agreed statement on the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Reformation. He challenges the local group to expand the commemoration to include all Christian denominations in the region and offers a detailed preparation check sheet that identifies areas for the churches to assess themselves and others, suggests corrective activities and inter-group activities, and offers logistical comments to facilitate such a commemoration.
Murray, Paul D. “The Reception of ARCIC I and II in Europe and Discerning the Strategy and Agenda for ARCIC III.” Ecclesiology 11:2 (2015): 199-218.
Describes the work and reception of the first two Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission dialogue reports and characterizes the new ecumenical context of round three of this work (2011-present) as receptive ecumenism
New Journal Articles of Note on Ecumenism, March 2, 2015
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. “A Church in Dialogue: Toward the Restoration of Unity among Christians.” Origins 44:27 (December 4, 2014): 441-455.
This document “provides an overview of Catholic principles in the work of Christian unity, gives a brief account of what has been achieved in the field of ecumenism over the past 50 years both internationally and in Canada, and looks ahead toward the resolution of continuing challenges…It says the ‘dialogue of life’ takes place in seven areas of ecclesial life: prayer and worship, communication, common witness, mission at the service of the common good, formation, interchurch families, ecclesial learning and what St. John Paul II called the ‘exchange of gifts’ in dialogue” (Abstract).
Chapman, David M. “Roman Catholics and Baptists in Dialogue: Convergence and Divergence Assessed.” Ecclesiology 11:1 (2015): 84-92.
Summarizes The Word of God in the Life of the Church, the 2010 report of the formal conversation between the Baptist World Alliance and the Roman Catholic Church, particularly the theological themes of ecclesiology, Scripture and tradition, baptism, Mary, and episcopé, and addresses the reception of the report and goal of the dialogue.
Conradie, Ernst M. “What on Earth Did God Create? Overtures to an Ecumenical Theology of Creation.” The Ecumenical Review 66:4 (December 2014): 433-453.
In this paper, prepared for the 2013 WCC Busan Assembly, the senior professor of religion and theology at the University of Western Cape (South Africa) asserts that “the Christian confession of faith in the triune creator is best understood as a critical redescription and ascription of this world as we now experience it” (441) and calls for “renewal, reformation, resurrection, rehabilitation, restoration, regeneration, recapitulation, and re-creation” (453).
Crossin, John W., OSFS. “The Church: Towards a Common Vision.” Ecumenical Trends 43:10 (November 2014): 146-148.
This presentation by the Executive Director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops was made to a Society of Pentecostal Studies Symposium on “Pentecostal and Catholic Responses to ‘The Church: Towards a Common Vision’” (see also the response article listed below by Frank D. Macchia). In it, Fr. Crossin reflects on diversity in unity, raises ministry and primacy questions around the church as communion, and calls for communal models of discernment of the call to unity.
Evangelicals and Catholics Together. “The Two Shall Become One Flesh: Reclaiming Marriage.” First Things No. 251 (March 2015): 23-29.
Another in a series of joint statements from Evangelicals and Catholics Together, an unofficial ecumenical group founded by Richard John Neuhaus and Chuck Colson in 1994, this one in defense of marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
Howard, Thomas Albert and Mark A. Noll. “The Reformation at Five Hundred.” First Things No. 247 (November 2014): 43-48.
An historical review of various commemorations of the Protestant Reformation and Martin Luther’s life (the 100th, 300th and 400th Reformation anniversaries, the 400th and 500th anniversaries of Luther’s birth), to inform the preparations for the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.
Johnson, Maxwell E. “The Blessed Virgin Mary and Ecumenical Convergence in Doctrine, Doxology, and Devotion.” Worship 88:6 (November 2014): 482-506.
In this essay, originally presented at the National Workshop on Christian Unity, the Notre Dame professor of liturgy finds convergence between Roman Catholics and Lutherans, Anglicans, and to some extent Evangelicals around theological understanding and devotional practices regarding Mary.
Lim, Timothy T.N. “‘What if We Could?’ An Essay on Productive Ecumenism.” Ecclesiology 11:1 (2015): 65-83.
Adapting Axel Honneth’s sociological concept of “productive recognition” into “productive ecumenism,” Lim proposes incremental stages for the churches’ mutual recognition. Using their acceptance of The Church: Towards a Common Vision as a starting point, Lim addresses recognition of confessions, sacramentalities, and diverse witness, calling for a pneumatological ecclesiology.
Macchia, Frank D. “Koinonia in the Spirit: A Pentecostal Engagement with The Church: Towards a Common Vision.” Ecumenical Trends 43:10 (November 2014): 148-151, 158.
This response to the Catholic paper presented to a Society of Pentecostal Studies Symposium on “Pentecostal and Catholic Responses to ‘The Church: Towards a Common Vision’” offers analysis of koinonia ecclesiology in the document from both Trinitarian and Oneness Pentecostal perspectives (see also Fr. John Crossin’s entry, above).
Sedgwick, Timothy F. “On Moral Teaching and the Church: Advances in Ecumenical Understanding.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 49:4 (Fall 2014): 537-552.
The Episcopal ethicist and ecumenist from Virginia Theological Seminary argues “that the 2014 agreed statement from the Anglican Roman Catholic Theological Consultation in the United States (ARC-USA), ‘Ecclesiology and Moral Discernment,’ advances the search for the faith shared in common among Christians by placing moral teachings in the larger context of informing conscience” (Abstract).
Taft, Robert F., S.J. “In Faith and Worship Can Orthodox and Catholics Ever Be One? Communion, not Reunion, in a Future Church of Sister Churches.” Worship 89:1 (January 2015): 2-20.
In a follow-up article from his 2013 Orientale Lumen conference paper on this subject, Fr. Taft addresses “1) Catholic Church structures problematic for the East; 2) What Catholics should do to alleviate these problems; and 3) what could realistically be done now” (p. 3), concluding with the challenge “Let’s get to work!” (p. 20).
World Council of Churches. “Who Do We Say that We Are? Christian Identity in a Multi-Religious World.” The Ecumenical Review 66:4 (December 2014): 458-501.
A product of two years’ joint work from the WCC’s departments of Faith and Order, Mission and Evangelism, and Interreligious Dialogue and consultations with interreligious dialogue partners, this document was adopted by the Central Committee in July 2014. It is a companion piece to “Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct” (2011) and seeks to address how Christian awareness of religious pluralism affects questions of Christian identity. Each topic (the Trinity, Scripture, the Church, and eschatology) is addressed in two parts: “key aspects of Christian conviction” and “dialogue, deepening, and discovery.”
New Journal Articles of Note on Ecumenism, December 1, 2014
Budde, Mitzi J. “Called in the One Body – and Thankful.” Ecumenical Trends 43:8 (September 2014): 122-125.
In this published speech originally presented at the Tidewater LARCUM Conference held at the Church of the Holy Apostles Episcopal-Roman Catholic parish in Virginia Beach, Virginia on June 30 2014, the Lutheran ecumenist holds up three hopeful signs of the vocation of ecumenism and analyzes two recent ecumenical documents as ways of living out that vocation glocally (i.e. globally and locally).
Clifford, Catherine E. “Journeying Together: Ecumenism in the 21st Century.” One in Christ 48:1 (2014): 2-25.
A theologian and ecumenist from St. Paul University, Ottawa examines the legacy of the Vatican II Decree on Ecumenism; traces progress in ecumenical relations between the Roman Catholic Church and its dialogue partners since, especially around Christology, justification and sacraments; discusses ecclesiological issues, especially papal primacy, collegiality, and the gifts of the laity; and reviews new developments, particularly ecumenical relations between “creedal, sacramental churches” with Evangelical and Pentecostal communities.
“Ecumenism in Action” Theme issue: Ecumenism No. 190 (Summer 2014):
- Gabauer, Pamela. “Christian Unity in Action: Why Should Christians Work Together?”: 11-13.
- Cordeiro, Brian. “Ecumenism in Montreal – From Earth to Heaven”: 14-15.
- Temmerman, Ray and Fenella. “Interchurch Couples and Families: Issues and Goals”: 16-18.
- Tonks, John. “My Journey into Religious Diversity”: 19-20.
- Beauchamp, André. “Unitas, an Ecumenical Meditation Centre”: 21.
- Larochelle, Anne. “Ecumenical Series ‘Meet Your Relatives, Grassroots Ecumenism’”: 22.
- Siliadin, Yaovi Gasséssé. “Music and Ecumenism”: 23-24.
Fuchs, Lorelei F., SA. “Reflections on the Ecumenical Way of Brother Jeffrey Gros, FSC.” One in Christ 48:1 (2014): 85-95.
The death of Brother Jeffrey Gros, FSC last year was a profound loss to the ecumenical community. In this article, a colleague commemorates his life’s commitment to visible unity, highlights his catholic and ecumenical methodology and contributions, and characterizes the ecumenical future as a legacy of reception and relationships of mutuality.
Harmon, Steven R. “Free Church Theology, The Pilgrim Church, and the Ecumenical Future.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 49:3 (Summer, 2014): 420-442.
In this adaptation from the March 2013 Robert K. Campbell Memorial Lectures on Christian Unity at the Lehigh County Pennsylvania Council of Churches, the Baptist theologian and ecumenist describes the ecclesial gifts that the free church tradition has to offer the larger church and describes a pilgrim church theology through seven theses of a Christological ecclesiological identity for a pilgrimage church, in conversation with the Christology of Baptist theologian James William McClendon, Jr.
Hughes, Richard A. “‘Make us One with Christ’: Essay on the Anglican-Methodist Dialogue.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 49:3 (Summer, 2014): 443-457.
The United Methodist theologian analyzes the current Episcopal-Methodist proposal for full communion, providing historical context through the theologies of John Wesley and Thomas Cranmer. Despite areas of non-convergence between the two churches (the use of wine in the Eucharist and the practice of open communion), the author finds common ground in the liturgies of the Book of Common Prayer and the hymnody of Charles Wesley.
Kässmann, Margot. “Ecclesia Reformata Semper Reformanda: Challenges of the Reformation Jubilee 2017.” Ecumenical Trends 43:8 (September 2014): 113-119, 126.
The Special Envoy of the Evangelical Church in German for the Reformation Anniversary Celebration 2017 describes the themes of the Luther decade in Germany, especially the five key events of the anniversary year, and analyzes ten aspects that reflect the significance of the anniversary for church and society: 1) a critical look back; 2) ecumenism; 3) dialogue of religions; 4) concentrating on the ‘solae’ in a secular age; 5) women; 6) overcoming divisions; 7) education; 8) freedom; 9) justification; and 10) globalization.
Myers, Bruce. “A Gift Yet to Be Received: Presbyteral Confirmation and Anglican-Lutheran Relations in Canada.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 49:3 (Summer, 2014): 458-470.
Implementation of the full communion agreement between the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada has encountered differences in the theology and practice of confirmation, which are symbolized in divergent norms over the agent of confirmation: the local pastor (Lutheran) or the diocesan bishop (Episcopal). The article urges Anglicans to receive presbyterial confirmation as a gift of the ecumenical relationship.
Ryan, Thomas, CSP. “Catholics and Evangelicals: Looking Back, Looking Forward, Assessing the Relationship.” Ecumenical Trends 43:9 (October 2014): 131-140,143.
The Director of the Paulist North American Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations in Washington, D.C. describes the movements shaping North American Evangelicalism, identifies three areas of common ground between Evangelicals and Roman Catholics (Scripture, the centrality of Christ, and the call to mission), describes new developments in Evangelical-Catholic relations (agreement on moral teachings, ecumenical relations through the Lausanne Conference, the World Council of Churches, the Global Christian Forum and Christian Churches Together), examines theological differences between the two traditions (authority of church and tradition, conversion and baptism, sacramental theology, the work of grace), and cites six ways in which the relationship can be “life-giving” for both traditions in the future.
Tanner, Mary. “Receiving Ecumenical Documents: The Four Rs of Reception.” One in Christ 48:1 (2014): 69-84.
In this published lecture from the Society of Ecumenical Studies, the Anglican ecumenist discusses reception as “formal response to an agreed statement; reformation of self in the mirror of the consensus and convergence of the document; recognition of others who can also recognize the faith of the Church in a document; and renewed relation on the way to full communion or closer communion” (p. 73), drawing upon the two World Council of Churches’ convergence statements Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry (1982) and The Church: Towards a Common Vision (2013).
Tjørhom, Ola. “Better Together: Apostolicity and Apostolic Succession in Light of an Ecumenical Ecclesiology.” Pro Ecclesia 23:3 (Summer 2014): 282-293.
A former member of the Anglican-Lutheran Porvoo dialogue team who is now a self-described “ecumenical convert” to the Catholic Church offers twenty theses to make the Porvoo Common Statement’s ecumenical accord on apostolicity applicable beyond the Anglican-Lutheran relationship to the wider ecumenical discussion on ecclesiology, particularly focusing on the challenges it presents to the Roman Catholic tradition.
“Together towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes,” Theme Issue.: International Bulletin of Missionary Research 38:4 (October 2014):
- Reflections on “Together towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes”: 188.
- Kemper, Thomas, “The Missio Dei in Contemporary Context”: 188–90.
- Karecki, Madge, “A Missiological Reflection on ‘Together towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes’”: 191–92.
- Escobar, Samuel. “Together towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes”: 193–95.
- Bevans, Stephen B. “‘Together towards Life’: Catholic Perspectives”: 195–96.
Wood, Susan K. “Editorial: A Parable for the Ecumenical Movement Today.” Ecclesiology 10:3 (2014): 285-291.
The Roman Catholic ecumenist from Marquette University uses the biblical story of Ruth and Naomi as a parable symbolizing the relationship of kinship to be found in ecumenical dialogue. She highlights the importance of friendship, gift exchange, pilgrimage, and evidence of progress and commitment to dialogue and then discusses ecumenical challenges: misinterpreting ecumenical agreements, articulating church identity contrastively, differing judicatory structures, witnessing ecumenically to a non-Christian world, and emerging new divisions over moral issues.
New Journal Articles of Note on Ecumenism, August 1, 2014
Bergen, Jeremy M. “The Holy Spirit and Lived Communion from the Perspective of International Bilateral Dialogues.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 49:2 (Spring 2014): 193-217.
The author analyzes the “implicit ecumenical pneumatology” in the international bilateral dialogue documents published in Growth in Agreement II and III. “In particular, the dialogues discern the work of the Spirit in the practice of dialogue, wrestle with how the Spirit may have been active in or despite historical moments of division, identify the Spirit with the present work of healing memories, link the Spirit of unity with the church in mission, and reflect on the experience of koinonia/communion and reception of the gifts of the Spirit” (Abstract).
Carter, David. “Lutheran Catholic Dialogue: The 2017 Anniversary.” Ecumenical Trends 43:5 (May 2014): 65-70.
A British Methodist ecumenist summarizes the content of the document From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017 and calls for widespread study and local reception of it, along with a re-reading of Martin Luther’s theology.
“The Emerging Face of Being One: Exploring Various Models of Christian Unity”: Papers from the North American Academy of Ecumenists Conference September 2013. Journal of Ecumenical Studies 49:2 (Spring 2014):
- Fuchs, Lorelei F. SA. “Introduction”: 274-276.
- Luffman, Dale E. “The Emerging Face of Being One: Community of Christ’s Discernment into Ecumenical Community”: 281-284.
- Paulson, Shirley. “The Emerging Face of Being One: Discerning the Ecumenical Community from the Christian Science Church”: 285-294.
- Armstrong, John H. “The Emerging Face of Being One: Ecumenical Windows for Evangelicals”: 295-310.
- Sung, Elizabeth Y. “Fostering Theological Discernment and Ecumenical Formation: An Interseminary Model”: 311-318.
- Karstens, Jo-Ellen. “Formation in Ecumenism through Focolare”: 319-321.
- Thomas, John H. “Ecumenical Formation for the Twenty-First Century”: 322-324.
- Demetrios of Mokissos, Bishop. “The Emerging Face of Being One: Exploring Various Models of Christian Unity”: 325-332.
- Buchanan, John M. “The Christian Century: Past, Present, and Future”: 333-339.
Francis, Pope and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. “Common Declaration of Pope and Ecumenical Patriarch.” Origins 44:5 (June 5, 2014): 73-74.
After meeting four times in three days, the pope and ecumenical patriarch made common declaration of their commitment to continue the theological dialogue with the goal of full communion while simultaneously “working together in the service of humanity, especially in defending the dignity of the human person,” and to address the sanctity of family based on marriage, poverty, and the stewardship of creation. They also pledged to work together to promote peace and to respond to the suffering of Christians in the Middle East, Egypt, Syria, and Iraq. They called for interfaith dialogue in order to rediscover truth, justice and peace.
Leithart, Peter J. “The Future of Protestantism.” First Things No. 245 (August/September 2014): 23-27.
The president of Trinity House, Birmingham, calls for Protestantism to re-envision itself for the future as “Reformational Catholic Churches.” He bids Protestantism to die to self as a contrastive identity to Catholicism and to become instead fully part of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church, offering sixteen specific characteristics of this future church, many of them ecumenical.
MacPherson, Damian, SA. “The Ecumenical Journey: Shades of Light and Darkness.” Ecumenism #189 (Spring 2014): 18-20.
The Director of Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto identifies the Roman Catholic Decree on Ecumenism, the joint declaration of Paul VI and Archbishop Michael Ramsey and ecumenical dialogues as examples of new light, while identifying the papacy, the filoque clause, the state of Anglican orders, the ordination of women, women in the Anglican episcopate, and differences around moral questions as areas of darkness in the ecumenical movement today. He calls for prayer, perseverance, and patience for new life and light to be breathed into the movement.
Tyrrell, Wilfred, SA. “Has Christ Been Divided? Musings on Mission from a Roman Catholic Perspective.” Ecumenical Trends 43:5 (May 2014): 76-79.
This Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2014 homily on I Corinthians 1:13, preached at Graymoor in New York, calls for the Church to move out as Christian missionaries guided by the Holy Spirit on a pilgrimage toward unity through interdependent ecumenical and interfaith work.
New Journal Articles of Note on Ecumenism, June 1, 2014
Ariarajah, S. Wesley. “Mission and Ecumenism Today: Reflections on the Tenth Assembly of the World Council of Churches, Busan, Republic of Korea.” International Bulletin of Missionary Research 38:2 (April 2014): 59-61.
The former WCC Deputy General Secretary discusses the November 2013 Busan assembly: its themes, worship life, ecumenical discussions, unity statement, mission and evangelism statement, and the host church context.
Carter, David. “Some Ecumenical Implications of Evangelii Gaudium.” Ecumenical Trends 43:3 (March 2014): 33-40, 46-47.
A Methodist explores three ways in which Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, resonates positively for ecumenism: its emphasis on mission as the call of all Christians, its openness to dialogue about the papacy as a global ministry of leadership in proclamation, and its emphasis on social justice and critique of western capitalism.
“Celebrating 50 Years of Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue” theme issue. Journal of Ecumenical Studies 49:1 (Winter 2014), section on “Intra-Christian Ecumenism”:
- Baum, Gregory. “Grateful Remembrance of Vatican Council II”: 21-24.
- Groutt, John. “The Second Vatican Council: A Memoir”: 25-36.
- Novak, Michael. “Remembering Robert McAfee Brown (1920-2001)”: 37-44.
- Loya, Joseph. “Ecumenical Houses Conjoined: J.E.S. and the North American Academy of Ecumenists”: 45-52.
- West, Charles C. “Barth, Kraemer, and Bonhoeffer on Religion: A Reflection”: 53-58.
- Winter, Miriam T. “That All May be One”: 59-64.
- Braybrooke, Marcus. “Denominational Congresses at the 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions”: 65-77.
- Constantelos, Demetrious J. “A Cautious Skeptic Becomes a Committed Ecumenist”: 78-84.
- Küng, Hans. “The Change in the Macro Setting of the Church”: 85-87.
Chow, Alexander. “Protestant Ecumenism and Theology in China since Edinburgh 1910.” Missiology 42:2 (April 2014): 167-180.
Protestant efforts toward Christian unity in China are described as three successive attempts: establishment of Chinese national coalitions separate from foreign denominations, the post-People’s Republic Christian Manifesto and denunciation phase, and the post-denominational phase characterized by the China Christian Council.
Dever, Mark. “A Gospel for Everyone: Global Gospel Project.” Christianity Today 58:4 (May 2014): 42-45.
The senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church (Washington, D.C.) asserts that the catholicity of the church universal addresses the problems of provincialism, sectarianism, racism, and exclusivism in the church today.
Hamilton, Daniel S. “From Papacy to Primacy: 1100-1500 What Kind of Primacy Did the Roman Bishop Exercise?” Ecumenical Trends 43:4 (April 2014): 49-56, 62-63.
Fourth in a series of historical articles on the papacy that the Roman Catholic author has published in Ecumenical Trends, this essay concludes that “the denial of the historical evidence for the Petrine origin of the Roman primacy remains today a principle obstacle to reconciliation of the Eastern Orthodox Churches with the Roman See.”
“In Pursuit of Unity:” Global Ecumenical Theological Institute (GETI) in conjunction with the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches, 2013. The Ecumenical Review 66:1 (March 2014):
- Chinna, Babu. “Building Bridges between Ecumenical and Evangelical Churches: A Participant’s Report”: 8-15.
- Kinnamon, Michael. “New Contours of Ecumenism: Challenges to the Next Generation”: 16-24.
- Shastri, Hermen. “The Unity of the Church in a Changing World: An Asian Perspective”: 25-31.
- Myung Hyuk Kim. “Christian Unity and Reconciliation in the Korean Context”: 32-38.
- Cosca, Rachel. “Just Unity: Toward a True Community of Women and Men in the Church”: 39-52.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2014: Homilies on I Corinthians 1:13. Ecumenical Trends 43:4 (April 2014):
- Ardrey, Ken. “That There Be No Divisions Among You”: 59-61, 63.
- Fuchs, Lorelei Francis, SA. “Has Christ Been Divided?”: 57-58, 63.
New Journal Articles of Note on Ecumenism, April 1, 2014
“A Busan Sampler” Theme Issue: The Ecumenical Review 65:4 (December 2013):
- “Message of the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches, Busan 2013”: 409-410.
- Waweru, Lucy Wambui and Dissi Obanda. “North-South Unity Train: A Poem from Busan”: 411-412.
- “Public Issues Statements Adopted by the 10th Assembly”: 413-416.
- Altmann, Walter. “Report of the Moderator to the 10th Assembly of the WCC, Busan 2013”: 417-428.
- Tveit, Olav Fykse. “Report of the General Secretary to the 10th Assembly of the WCC”: 429-452.
- “God’s Gift and Call to Unity? and our Commitment”: 453-458.
- de Chickera, Duleep. “Journeying with the God of Life”: 459-463.
- Fabian, Alice and Mark MacDonald. “Unity of Creation, Humanity and the Church”: 464-470.
- Kasselouri-Hatzivassiliadi, Eleni. “Orthodox Women and Theological Education”: 471-476.
- “A Message from the Pre-Assembly Gathering of Indigenous Peoples:” 477-480.
- Coorilos, Metropolitan Geevarghese. “Together Towards Life? (TTL) Mission Towards Fullness of Life”: 481-484.
- Chang, Yoon-Jae. “Exodus to a New Earth”: 485-488.
- Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk. “The Voice of the Church must be Prophetic”: 489-496.
- Lapsley, Michael. “Christ’s Co-Workers for Justice and Peace Sermon at Closing Prayer”: 497-504.
Dunber, Susan. “Look for the Church: Reflections on ‘Towards a Common Vision.’” One in Christ 47:2 (2013): 193-209.
A member of the World Council of Churches’ Faith and Order Commission who participated in the development of The Church describes and glosses its content from a United Reformed/global North perspective, identifying and explaining places where the text might be “strange” to Reformed ears, especially around classical theology (rather than contextual theology) as the focus, the three-fold order of ministry, and the relationship of the church and sin.
Francis, Pope. “Homily at Ecumenical Prayer Service marking End of Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.” Origins 43:36 (February 13, 2014): 589-590.
“We are all journeying together fraternally on the road toward unity, bringing about unity even as we walk; that unity comes from the Holy Spirit and brings us something unique that only the Holy Spirit can do, that is, reconciled diversity. The Lord waits for us all, accompanies us all and is with us all on this path of unity…The work of these, my predecessors [Popes John XXIII, John Paul II, and Paul VI], enabled ecumenical dialogue to become an essential dimension of the ministry of the bishop of Rome, so that today the Petrine ministry cannot be fully understood without this openness to dialogue with all believers in Christ” (p. 590).
Gintere, Sandra. “Milestones on the Road: ‘From Conflict to Communion.’” One in Christ 47:2 (2013): 226-236.
A Latvian Lutheran professor and member of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity provides a brief overview of the 500-year history of Reformation observances and discusses theological and practical pre-conditions that make a joint Protestant-Catholic observance possible for the 500th anniversary in 2017. The theological developments include Vatican II, recent Luther scholarship and the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification; the practical developments include the 1980 joint observance of the 450th anniversary of the Augsburg Confession and the 2012 agreed statement on the Reformation anniversary, From Conflict to Communion.
Goines, Beverly J. “In Memoriam: Ecumenism and the Legacy of Bishop Thomas Lanier Hoyt, Jr (1941-2013). Ecumenical Trends 43:2 (February 2014): 26-29, 31.
This obituary and tribute for Thomas Hoyt, Jr., ecumenist and bishop in the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church, addresses the black church religious tradition of the 20th century and Hoy’s ecumenical vision for visible unity through common action for justice.
Hind, John. “‘That Wonderful and Sacred Mystery’: A Reflection on ‘The Church: Towards a Common Vision.’” One in Christ 47:2 (2013): 210-225.
Self-described as despondent at the present ecumenical situation, the vice-moderator of the World Council of Churches’ Faith and Order Commission calls for the churches to re-commit themselves to the goal of full visible unity, to study and respond to the WCC convergence document, The Church, and to use it as a tool for achieving deeper consensus on ecclesiological questions.
Jenson, Robert W. “The Strange Future of ‘the Ecumenical Movement.’” The Living Church (January 19, 2014): 23-24.
The co-founder of the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology laments the fractured state of the church, relegates formal ecumenical dialogue to “ancient history,” and encourages his readers to continue praying for the unity of the church and the coming of Christ’s kingdom, to cling to baptismal unity, and “after that not be too precise about further conditions of fellowship” (p. 24).
The Living Church February 9th issue includes three responses to this article:
- Barnett-Cowan, Alyson. “Larger than the West”: 20.
- Root, Michael. “Catholic Voices: Normal Ecumenism”: 21-22.
- Bauerschmidt, John C. “Catholic Voices: Return, Restoration, Recovery”: 22.
Tanner, Mary. “Staying Together on the Ecumenical Journey: A Story of Bridge-Building between East and West.” One in Christ 47:2 (2013): 257-271.
An Anglican ecumenist and member of the World Council of Churches’ Special Commission on Orthodox Concerns traces the history of Orthodox participation in the ecumenical movement and the WCC, recounts the work of the Special Commission (constituted 50% Eastern and Oriental Orthodox and 50% Western Church representatives) since 1999, and summarizes the four areas where the Commission recommends further creative thinking (the Church, social and ethical issues, the prayer life/worship of the fellowship, and consensus decision-making).
Vondey, Wolfgang. “The Unity and Diversity of Pentecostal Theology: A Brief Account for the Ecumenical Community in the West.” Ecclesiology 10 (2014): 76-100.
A professor of systematic theology at Regent Divinity School explains the theology, unity, and gifts of global Pentecostalism for the wider church. The section on Pentecostal ecclesiology and Christian unity is particularly helpful for current conversations on ecclesiology, explaining Pentecostalism as a movement grounded in social engagement, with an eschatological perspective centered in baptism of the Holy Spirit and grounded in the equality and” prophethood of all believers.” The diversities and challenges of Pentecostalism are also addressed.
Wilson, Sarah Hinlicky. “Lament for a Divided Church: Global Gospel Project.” Christianity Today 58:2 (March 2014): 36-39.
Ecumenism is explained, encouraged and gently defended in an accessible way for readers of the highest-circulation evangelical journal in this article written by a research professor from the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg. “God has called one church to be the one body of Christ; we can live in contradiction with that one church, or we can reconcile and make visible our unity in Christ” (p. 39).
New Journal Articles of Note on Ecumenism, January 30, 2014
“Faith, Order, and The Church.” Theme issue on “Towards a Common Vision of the Church.” The Ecumenical Review 65:3 (October 2013):
- Tanner, Mary. From Ground Breaking to Breaking New Ground (pages 330–333)
- Henn, William. Catholics, Ecclesiology and the Ecumenical Journey (pages 334–337)
- Rajkumar,Peniel Jesudason Rufus. A Prophetic, Polysemic and Proleptic Prompt (pages 338–341)
- Vasilevich,Natalia. Already but Not Yet (pages 342–344)
- Hietamäki,Minna. Walking Together in a House of Mirrors (pages 345–348)
- Fritzson,Arne. The Church and the Church: Fragile Gifts (pages 349–351)
- Link, Hans-Georg. The Lima Process: After Thirty Years (pages 352–367)
- Hietamäki, Minna. Finding Warmth in the Ecumenical Winter: A Nordic Viewpoint (pages 368–375)
- Myers, Bruce. Keeping Warm: Reception in the Ecumenical Winter (pages 376–387)
- Gibaut, John. Building Up the Body of Christ: Reflections on Ecclesiology and Ethics in the Dialogue of Faith and Order (pages 388–400)
Garrigan, Siobhán. “A New Model for Ecumenical Worship.” Studia Liturgica 43:1 (2013): 32-53.
A proposal for a local group of parishioners from various churches to take turns visiting each other’s worship services, alternating in the roles of “host” and “guest” [author’s terms], developed out of the experience of the chapel rota of denominational services at Yale Divinity School. The author suggests two key guidelines: 1) for worship leaders: “lead from within your own tradition, but open it up in order to invite others to pray/praise with you” and 2) for worship attendees: “come often, and do not ever do anything you do not want to” (p. 43).
Kinnamon, Michael. “New Contours of Ecumenism in the 21st Century.” Ecumenical Trends 42:11 (December 2013): 171-175.
This paper, delivered by a veteran ecumenist at the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches to the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute, identifies four generally-agreed needs (the need to expand the number of ecumenically-engaged churches, the need for a new generation of ecumenical leaders, the need to strengthen the connection between global and local ecumenism, and the need to reconceive ecumenical structures) and then presses three questions of the ecumenical movement: 1) is the goal/vision still visible unity; 2) is the movement too ideological; and 3) does the movement trust God’s leading.
Lim, Timothy T. N. “A Tribute to an Ecumenist and Lay Theologian: Brother Jeffrey Gros, FSC (1938-2013). The Journal of Ecumenical Studies 48:4 (Fall 2013): 535-570.
One of Brother Jeff’s students reviews Jeff’s contributions to ecumenical education, official dialogues, and ecclesiology and concludes with “essential lessons he might have shared to orient aspiring ecumenists” (p. 536).
Loughran, James, SA. “World Council of Churches 10th Assembly.” Ecumenical Trends 42:11 (December 2013): 165-170.
The editor of Ecumenical Trends reports on the WCC General Assembly (held October 30 – November 8, 2013 in Busan, Korea): its themes, actions, statements, affirmations, and tone.
“The Reims Statement: Praying with One Voice: On Common Texts and Lectionary in the Life of the Churches.” Studia Liturgica 43:1 (2013): 189-92.
This colloquium statement, sponsored by the English Language Liturgical Consultation August 16, 2011 and signed by twenty-one liturgical scholars, invites “all who have not yet explored these [common] texts, and those who have departed from their use, to join us in prayerful reflection on the value of common texts and careful consideration of the texts themselves;” encourages continuing scholarship on liturgical texts, symbols, and ordo; and commends continuing promotion and use of the revised common lectionary in church life.
Ryan, Thomas. “The WCC 10th General Assembly.” Ecumenism #188 (Winter 2014): 22-28.
The Director of the Paulist North American Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations summarizes the recent (October 30-November 8, 2013) World Council of Churches’ assembly: the elements of the assembly, the theme, the moderator’s report, highlights (youth and seminarian participation), “lowlight” (the missed opportunity to feature the new convergence document, The Church), and the assembly’s final public statements.
“Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.” Theme Issue: Ecumenism #188 (Winter 2014):
- Bolen, Don. “The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2014: The making-of”: 7-8.
- Belzile, Michel. “Has Christ Been Divided?”: 9-10.
- Beardsall, Sandra. “Reflections on Preparing the Ecumenical Prayer Service”: 11-12.
- Wilson, John. “A Short Reflection on my Experience”: 13-14.
- Jesson, Nicholas. “The Canadian Gift for Ecumenical Relations”: 15-16.
- Lévesque, Norman. “Highlights of the Ecumenical Service 2014”: 16-17.
- Currie, Amanda. “Singing Together for Unity”: 18-19.
- Mackey, Paul. “Five Days of Christian Prayer in Québec City”: 20-21.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2014: “Has Christ Been Divided?”: Preaching Material on the 2014 Week of Prayer Theme:
- George, Timothy. “The Church of the Undivided Christ.” Ecumenical Trends 42:11 (December 2013): 161-164, 175.
- Hennessee,Paul Teresa, SA. “Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Homily.” Ecumenical Trends 43:1 (January 2014): 11-13.
New Journal Articles of Note on Ecumenism, November 30, 2013
Francis, Pope. “Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue.” Origins 43:22 (October 31, 2013): 354-355.
The pope’s greetings to the Lutheran-Roman Catholic International Dialogue group, October 21, 2013, expresses gratitude for the advances in dialogue, cooperative work in pastoral settings, and progress in spiritual ecumenism and addresses the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Reformation (2017): “I believe that it is truly important for everyone to confront in dialogue the historical reality of the Reformation, its consequences and the responses it elicited. Catholics and Lutherans can ask forgiveness for the harm they have caused one another and for their offenses committed in the sight of God. Together we can rejoice in the longing for unity that the Lord has awakened in our hearts, and which makes us look with hope to the future” (p. 355).
Gros, Jeffrey, FSC. “Church: Hope and Grace.” Ecumenical Trends 42:9 (October 2013): 130-133.
The renowned Roman Catholic ecumenist, writing just before his death in August, reflects on the World Council of Churches’ new convergence document The Church: Towards a Common Vision: analyzing it for the American context, providing advice on how individual American churches might address the reception questions raised in the text, and finally suggesting how the text might be used in theological education and formation.
Kessler, Diane C. “Spiritual Roots, Practical Fruits: Insights from One Study in the Joint Working Group Ninth Report.” Ecumenical Trends 42:9 (October 2013): 134-136, 142.
A Protestant member of the Joint Working Group summarizes the content of Appendix B of the Ninth Report of the Working Group, a 25-page document entitled “Be Renewed in the Spirit: The Spiritual Roots of Ecumenism,” highlighting the practical implementation suggestions of the report and providing examples in recent ecumenical life. She writes that the document “recognizes that when Christian ground our daily lives as individuals and as churches in the Christian spiritual disciplines, we open ourselves to the transforming work of the Holy Spirit” (p. 142).
Lathrop, Gordon W. “Sacrosanctum Concilium and the Augsburg Confession in Dialogue: One Ecumenical Reading of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.” Worship 87:6 (November 2013): 548-563.
A Lutheran liturgical theologian offers a dialogue of affirmation and admonition with the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, calling on the Roman Catholic Church to continue to implement the constitution, to reconsider the sacrifice of the Mass language, to revise the spousal imagery for the church, and, most importantly, to address the constitution’s “mixed message” around the use of the term “church.”
Oakes, Edward T., SJ. “Christ our Center.” Books & Culture 19:6 (November/December 2013): 11-14.
Second of a two-part series of papers on Christology from at the first Lausanne Catholic-Evangelical Conversation on the centrality of Christ, held at Mundelein Seminary April 18-20, 2013. The first, Hans Boersma’s “The Real Presence of Hope & Love: The Christocentric Legacy of Benedict XVI,” was published in the September/October issue of Books & Culture.
Ryan, Thomas. “Unity Because.” Ecumenism #186 (Summer 2013): 12-16.
This accessible apologia on the search for Christian unity offers five imperatives of unity (Jesus’ prayer, the apostles’ teaching, the credibility of the gospel, the church’s vocation, and the Trinity as model of unity), calls for a missional approach for the 21st century, and addresses the progress and challenges of the ecumenical dialogues.
Wicks, Jared, SJ. “Vatican II Living on in the Bilateral Dialogues.” Ecumenical Trends 42:8 (September 2013): 122-125.
The Roman Catholic ecumenist reviews how Vatican II is addressed in international Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogues on justification and apostolocity, with particular focus on the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, and then laments that the Vatican II Dei Verbum document’s call for all to immerse themselves in reading and study of Scripture has not been implemented in the 50 years hence.
Zimmerman, Yvonne C. “Religious Liberty, Past and Present: A Conversation with Mennonite and United Methodist Histories.” Ecumenical Trends 42:10 (November 2013): 145-148, 158.
A Mennonite scholar who teaches ethics at the Methodist Theological Seminary in Ohio compares and contrasts the two traditions’ understandings of religious liberty and addresses how their histories inform current issues around religious freedom, especially in regard to fair treatment of others: freedom to be non-religious, freedom of conscience, and freedom to practice other religions.
New Journal Articles of Note on Ecumenism, July 23, 2013
Carter, David. “The Church Towards a Common Vision: Commentary and Appraisal.” Ecumenical Trends 42:6 (June 2013): 81-89.
A member of the Roman Catholic-World Methodist Council dialogue and church historian summarizes the content of the new World Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission convergence document on ecclesiology and recommends a full study and reception process.
Cox, Noel. “The Ordination of Women and the Unity of the Church.” Churchman: A Journal of Anglican Theology 127:2 (Summer 2013): 119-134.
An Anglican law professor and priest presents the history and theology of inariaers and his assessment of the challenge which the Anglican ordination of women (and practicing homosexuals) as priests and bishops presents to the goal of recognition of Anglican orders by the Roman Catholic Church.
Gros, Jeffrey, FSC. “The New Evangelization: Unity in Proclamation and the Proclamation of Unity.” Ecumenical Trends 42:5 (May 2013): 65-67,79.
The veteran Roman Catholic ecumenist provides a report on progress to date on an expected text on mission as “new evangelization” that is being developed in the Catholic Roman Synod of Bishops and will be issued as an Apostolic Exhortation by the pope.
Pope Francis. “Speech to Archbishop of Canterbury.” and Archbishop Justin Welby. “Speech to Pope Francis.” Origins 43:8 (June 27, 2013): 121-122.
The exchange of speeches between the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury at their meeting at the Vatican on June 14, 2013 pledged mutual prayer for one another’s ministries and reaffirmed their mutual commitment to Roman Catholic-Anglican ecumenical dialogue.
Routhier, Gilles. “The Ecumenical Movement in Quebec: A Long Pilgrimage toward Christian Unity.” Ecumenism No. 184 (Fall 2012-Winter 2013): 43-48.
This article tracing the history of ecumenical work in Quebec from sixteenth-century colonization to 1990 provides an exemplary model for others who may want to document the historical progression of local ecumenical efforts.
Studia Liturgica 42:1-2 (2012) – series of articles on “Baptism: Rites and Christian Life”: Papers from the 2011 Reims Congress of Societas Liturgica:
- Spinks, Bryan D. “What is ‘New’ in the ‘History of Christian Baptismal Liturgy: The Early Centuries”: 16-32.
- Larson-Miller, Lizette. “Baptism in the Early Medieval West: Our Changing Perspective of the ‘Dark Ages’”: 33-53.
- Souletie, Jean-Louis, “Baptism, the Matrix of Tradition”: 54-72.
- Stuflesser, Martin. “’Born from Water and the Holy Spirit, Let them Rise to New Life’: The Euchology of the Rites of Initiation in the Context of the Interplay between Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, and Lex Agendi”: 73-107.
- Jensen, Robin M. “Ancient Baptismal Spaces: Form and Function”: 108-129.
- Geldhof, Joris. “The Place of Baptism: On Being and Becoming Christian in Postmodern Cultures”: 130-153.
- Bordeyne, Philippe and Bruce T. Morrill, S.J. “Baptism and Identity Formation: Convergences in Ritual and Ethical Perspectives, A Dialogue”: 154-175.
- Serra, Dominic E. “Postbaptismal Rites in Early Roman Practice”: 176-189.
- De Clerck, Paul. “The Confirmation of Baptism: A Historico-Theological Interpretation Towards a Renewed Pastoral Approach”: 190-196.
- Anderson, E. Byron. “Apotaxis and Ethics: The Baptismal Renunciations and Christian Discipleship”: 197-216.
- Poulet, Frédérique. “Baptism: Renouncing the Knowledge of Evil”: 217-230.
- Nasrallah, Rima, Heleen Murre-van den Berg and Marcel Barnard. “Kinetics of Healing: Protestant Women Pledging Baptism in Saydnaya Orthodox Monastery”: 270-284.
Rausch, Thomas P., S.J. “Occasional Eucharistic Hospitality: Revisiting the Question.” Theological Studies 74:2 (June 2013): 399-419.
“After examining the theological implications of the concept of communio, some guidelines in canon law, and some recent diocesan guidelines, the article asks whether the Roman Catholic Church might offer occasional Eucharistic hospitality to some non-Catholic Christians, noting that eucharistic hospitality is different from intercommunion in that it is offered not to churches but to individuals in particular circumstances” (Abstract).
New Journal Articles of Note on Ecumenism, May 30, 2013
Budde, Mitzi J. “Are We There Yet? The Task and Function of Full Communion Coordinating Committees.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 48:1 (Winter 2013): 5-19.
The Lutheran co-chair of the national Lutheran-Episcopal Coordinating Committee explores how the various coordinating committee are chartered, commissioned, and staffed and provides examples of their work as consultative, collaborative, corroborative, canonical, encouraging, strategic, creative, communicative, generative, and missional.
Ciraulo, Jonathan Martin. “The One and the Many: Peter and Peters.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 48:1 (Winter 2013): 45-57.
Proposing that every local bishop is fully a successor to Peter as well as the bishop of Rome, the author seeks to reconcile Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox understandings of the nature of the Petrine ministry.
“Ecumenical and Ecological Perspectives on the ‘God of Life.’” Theme Issue. The Ecumenical Review 65:1 (March 2013):
- Ernst M. Conradie, “The God of Life: A Counter-Intuitive Confession”: 3-16.
- Sallie McFague, “Falling in Love with God and the World: Some Reflections on the Doctrine of God”: 17-34.
- George Zachariah, “Re-imagining God of Life from the Margins”: 35-50.
- Robert Owusu Agyarko, “God of Life: Rethinking the Akan Christian Concept of God in the Light of the Ecological Crisis”: 51-66.
- Lai Pan-chiu, “God of Life and Ecological Theology: A Chinese Christian Perspective”: 67-82.
Smucker, Julia Hildegard. “Community and Discipleship: Toward a Mennonite-Catholic Convergence on Baptism.” Pro Ecclesia 22:1 (Winter 2013): 69-87.
Stevenson, Christopher A. “Proclaiming the Mystery of Faith Together: Toward Greater Common Witness between Pentecostals and Roman Catholics on the Lord’s Supper.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 48:1 (Winter 2013): 85-96.
A bishop and theologian in the Church of God (Cleveland, TN) presents seven theses on the Lord’s Supper to deepen Pentecostal and Roman Catholic common witness.
Stramara, Daniel F., Jr. “Resignation of the Petrine Office and Implications for Ecumenical Dialogue.” Ecumenical Trends 42:4 (April 2013): 58-59, 62.
Unitatis Redintegratio series. Ecumenical Trends:
- Don Rooney, “Unitatis Redintegratio: Benchmark or High-Water Mark?” Ecumenical Trends 42:3 (March 2013): 37-43.
- David Carter, “Vatican II: A Methodist Reaction.” Ecumenical Trends 42:4 (April 2013): 49-55, 62.
- Bruce Ruddock. “The Influence of Unitatis Redintegratio: An Anglican Perspective.” Ecumenical Trends 42:4 (April 2013): 56-57.
Vanderwell, Howard and Norma Dewaal Malefyt. “Unity, Reconciliation, Justice: A Series on the Belhar Confession.” Reformed Worship 108 (June 2013): 4-13.
Liturgical resources for a series of seven liturgies on themes of unity, reconciliation, and justice. Provided for each: an excerpt from the Belhar Confession, suggested Scriptures, readings from other confessional documents, suggested songs and hymns, prayers, and affirmations.
Wicks, Jared, SJ. “The Ecumenical Imperative in Catholic Theology and Life.” Ecumenical Trends 42:3 (March 2013): 33-36, 43.
The Roman Catholic scholar of Luther traces the ecumenical imperative through the pontificates of John Paul II and Benedict XVI, Vatican II ecclesiological documents, and his (Wicks’) own life and experience.
New Journal Articles of Note on Ecumenism, March 30, 2013
Alois, Brother. “A Passion for the Unity of the Body of Christ.” One in Christ 46:2 (2012): 291-302.
In this published version of a 2012 presentation from the International Eucharistic Congress, Brother Alois describes the Taize Community’s vision of ecumenical reconciliation based upon the priority of baptismal identity over denominational identity and calling for Eucharistic sharing that would help unity evolve.
Clifton, Shane. “Ecumenism from the Bottom Up: A Pentecostal Perspective.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 47:4 (Fall, 2012): 576-592.
An Australian Assemblies of God theologian traces the history of the Pentecostal movement, summarizes elements of Pentecostal ecclesiology, and seeks to help “Ecumenicals” and Pentecostals re-envision ecumenism together as a multifaceted movement of the Holy Spirit.
Falconer, Alan D. “Councils, Conferences and Churches Together: Unity in Recognition, Unity in Via.” One in Christ 46:2 (2012): 185-210.
“In the light of the Gospel imperative for unity and the various stages from conflict to communion on the way to embody unity, the paper explores different models of unity, and raises questions as to the precise task, character and contribution of Councils and Churches Together movements, as churches seek to call each other to the goal of visible unity” (Abstract).
George, Timothy. “Contra Mundum: Catholics and Baptists Together: The Recent Synod of Bishops Sounded Notes Protestants can Sing.” Christianity Today 57:1 (Jan/Feb 2013): 73.
The author served as a fraternal delegate representing the Baptist World Alliance to the 2012 Roman Catholic Synod of Bishops. Reflecting upon the bishops’ document, “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith,” George emphasizes the shared themes of the centrality of the Bible, Jesus Christ and his saving grace, and the importance of religious freedom. The full text of his remarks to the Synod is online at http://beesondivinity.com/fromthedean/posts/vatican.
Green, Thomas J. “A Canonist’s Perspective on Harvesting the Fruits.” Ecumenical Trends 42:2 (February 2013): 17-27, 30.
Catholic University of America’s Stephan Kuttner Professor of Canon Law analyzes Walter Kasper’s book, Harvesting the Fruits, for the embedded canonical issues that will need to be addressed in the search for unity. He “highlight[s] briefly the key points the canons affirm and refer[s] the reader to a notable English language commentary on the Latin code and one on its Eastern counterpart” (18), focusing on the canonical issues raised in Harvesting’s chapter three (The Church: its nature and mission, sources of authority, ministry) and chapter four (The Sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist).
McCoid, Donald J. “An Ecumenical Perspective on Vatican II.” Pastoral Music 37:2 (January 2013): 32-38.
The text of the John XXIII Lecture at the 35th National Association of Pastoral Musicians Convention, in which the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Executive for Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations addresses the ecumenical groundwork of Vatican II, summarizes Harvesting the Fruits, and updates the status of the current Lutheran World Federation – Roman Catholic dialogue around the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the possibility of a future joint declaration on the sacrament of Holy Baptism.
New Journal Articles of Note on Ecumenism, year 2012
Avis, Paul. “Are we Receiving ‘Receptive Ecumenism’?” Ecclesiology 8:2 (2012): 223-234.
A Church of England ecumenist explores whether the “receptive ecumenism” approach to ecumenical relations that has arisen from the University of Durham, England is another term for the reception goal inherent in ecumenism or a threat to the traditional Faith and Order goal of visible unity. The author concludes that receptive ecumenism and theological dialogue are complementary concepts: “if the ethos of RE were taken to heart throughout the churches, ecumenism would recover its authentic character and become infused with fresh vitality” (234).
Banks, Adelle M. “Hopes for an ‘Ecumenical Spring.’” Christian Century 129:7 (March 15, 2012): 14-15.
While acknowledging the financial, theological, and institutional challenges to ecumenism (including rejection of the term itself), the article points to signs of hope: a shift to Christian unity language, growing involvement of evangelicals and Pentecostals in social justice work, a greater focus on shared social agendas rather than dialogue, and an increasing diversity and shared concern for racial justice. Martin Marty posted a thoughtful critique to Banks in his weekly e-column Sightings, in which he asks “Who’s ‘planting’ for spring?” (“Ecumenical Realities,” 4/2/2012).
Benedict XVI. “Lebanon Visit: Ecumenical Gathering.” Origins 42:17 (September 27, 2012): 269-270.
The pope’s fraternal greeting to the Syrian Catholic patriarch of Antioch, the Greek Orthodox patriarch of Antioch and all the East and the patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch and all the East on September 16th: “In these unstable times, so inclined to the violence that your region knows so well, it is even more necessary that Christ’s disciples give an authentic witness to their unity, so that the world may believe in their message of love, peace and reconciliation…Let us work without ceasing so that the love of Christ may lead us little by little into full communion with each other” (270).
Bennett, Zoe and Razvan Porumb. “Studying Pastoral Theology in an Ecumenical Context.” JATE: Journal of Adult Theological Education 8:1 (June 2011): 38-52.
Thoughtful reflections on the nature of ecumenical theological education from both the faculty and student perspective, based on a case study of a specific masters-level course in the history and practice of pastoral theology taught at the Cambridge Theological Foundation.
“A Bibliography of Interchurch and Interconfessional Theological Dialogues Twenty-Seventh Supplement, 2012.” Bulletin, Centro Pro Unione No. 81 (Spring 2012): 21-37.
The 27th installment of a comprehensive bibliography of international and national bilateral and multilateral dialogues, coded by confessional families, churches and councils. Each section includes information about the dialogues, texts and papers of the dialogues, and reflections and reactions.
Borelli, John. “In the Beginning: How the Work of Christian Unity Got Started.” America 207:8 (October 1, 2012): 10-14.
Part of a Vatican II 50th anniversary series, this article describes pre-Vatican II interfaith cooperation between Catholics, Protestants and Jews; the preparatory commission for a secretariat for Christian unity; and contacts with “three key interlocutors” in 1960: Willem A. Visser ‘t Hooft (first general secretary to the World Council of Churches), Geoffrey Fisher (Archbishop of Canterbury), and Jules Isaac (a professor and Holocaust survivor).
Budde, Mitzi J. “The Church’s Song as Response to the Divine Mystery.” Worship 86:3 (May 2012): 194-208.
A challenge to the assumption that music is a key field of conflict dividing the church both among and within denominations. Instead, the author asserts that music has the capacity to serve as an ecumenical bridge among Christians when it mirrors the harmony of God.
“Called Together: Identity, Accountability, Hospitality”: 2011 Annual meeting of the North American Academy of Ecumenists. Journal of Ecumenical Studies 47:3 (Summer 2012):
- Meyer, Russell L. “Introduction: The Dynamic and Hospitable Interaction with the Church”: 323-332.
- Radano, John A. “Mutual Accountability: Building Together on the Achievements of the Ecumenical Movement”: 333-354.
- Heisey, Nancy R. “Remembering Dirk Willems: Memory and History in the Future of Ecumenical Relationships”: 355-375.
- Kessler, Diane C. “‘Receive One Another…’: Honoring the Relationship between Hospitality and Christian Unity”: 376-384.
- Markham, Ian. “Identity, Accountability, Hospitality”: 385-393.
- Nelson, Christine L. “Grassroots Identity, Hospitality, Accountability”: 394-396.
- Lim T. N., Timothy “Toward Ecumenical Unity: An Analysis and Preliminary Proposal”: 397-408.
Cameron, Euan. “Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2012: Sermon Preached at Interchurch Center Chapel.” Ecumenical Trends 41:4 (April 2012): 56-57.
The Union Seminary Reformation professor challenges the repetitious “Groundhog Day” cycles of church divisions and calls the churches to honor other traditions along with our own and to “worship as part of a conscious imagined community, infinitely extended and infinitely diverse” (p. 57).
Chapman, David M. “Consensus and Difference: The Elusive Nature of Ecumenical Agreement.” Ecclesiology 8:1 (2012): 54-70.
An extended review of Minna Hietam ä ki’s recent book, Agreeable Agreement (2010), and the application of its critique of ecumenical methodology to Lutheran, Roman Catholic, and Anglican agreements .
Charbak, Demetrios. “History and Hope: Towards a Common Date of Easter.” One in Christ 45:2 (Winter 2011): 321-327.
The Antiochean Greek Orthodox Bishop of Safita, Syria gives the history of the dating of Easter, explains why eastern and western Christians observe a different date, and endorses the World Council of Churches/Middle East Council of Churches’ 1997 proposal for achieving a common celebration of Easter as an essential ecumenical witness of the faith.
Crow, Paul A., Jr. “Contemporary Ecumenical Issues in America after Vatican II, 1965-2012.” Ecumenical Trends 41:9 (October 2012): 129-131, 142.
The Disciples of Christ ecumenist addresses the ecumenical tensions and accomplishments for Protestants involved in the ecumenical movement, the Roman Catholic Church, and local/regional U.S. ecumenism since Vatican II and, quoting the Taize Community’s rule, enjoins the churches to “be consumed with a burning zeal for the unity of the Body of Christ” (p. 142).
Dieter, Theodor. “What to do about 2017? The Ecumenical Challenge of a Centenary.” Ecclesiology 8:3 (2012): 283-288.
This editorial analyzes the ecumenical complexities of the upcoming 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation: “In dealing with the ecumenical celebration of 2017, nothing less than Roman Catholic-Lutheran ecumenism is at stake…No undifferentiated lamentation about the division of the church will help us in 2017, but a careful analysis of the sins of division, together with confession and the commitment to draw consequences for the future, will help us a great deal” (pp. 284, 286).
Doe, Norman. “Juridical Ecumenism.” Ecclesiastical Law Journal 14:2 (May 2012): 195-234.
The Anglican Professor and Director of the Centre for Law and Religion at Cardiff Law School analyses the canon law of seven Christian traditions (Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, Lutheran, Reformed/Presbyterian, Baptist and Methodist) and suggests that “the juridical implementation of ecumenism by Churches is essential for the translation of ecumenical commitment into practical norms of action. In this respect, juridical ecumenism – the study and practical deployment of laws and other regulatory instruments of churches on ecumenism – offers both a theoretical and practical framework to complement but not to replace the current ( and dominant) doctrinal and theological focus in contemporary ecumenical method and practice” (p. 234).
Douglas, Brian. “Anglican-Roman Catholic international Commission (ARCIC) and the Eucharist: Review and Prospects.” The Journal of Religious History 36:3 (September 2012): 351-267.
Summarizes helpfully the 1966-2007 ARCIC agreements, elucidations, observations, responses, and clarifications on the Eucharist and suggests that “further dialogue on the nature of Christ’s presence in the Eucharist, including the doctrine of transubstantiation, may well be a valuable course for future ARCIC dialogues” (367).
“The Ecumenical Theology of Rowan Williams.” Theme issue: Ecclesiology 8:2 (2012):
- Tanner, Mary. “The Ecumenical Theology of Archbishop Rowan Williams”: 163-183.
- , Oliver P., SJ. “Rowan Williams’ Ecumenical Theology: A Response to Dame Mary Tanner”: 184-199.
- Elaine. “The Archbishop Speaks, But Who is Listening? The Dilemmas of Public Theology Today”: 200-222.
Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA. “Ecumenical Documentation: A Reflection on the Nature and Mission of the Church.” Ecumenical Trends 41:5 (May 2012): 65-73.
The agreed statement resulting from the U.S. Faith and Order Commission’s quadrennial study (2008-2011) on the themes of the World Council of Churches’ proposed statement, The Nature and Mission of the Church (which has subsequently been significantly rewritten), from an American and conciliar contextual perspective.
Frykholm, Amy. “Culture Changers: David Hollinger On What the Mainline Achieved.” The Christian Century 129:14 (July 11, 2012): 26-28.
The transcription of an interview with David Hollinger, professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley, on his assessment of the contributions what he calls “ecumenical Protestants” to twentieth-century Christianity: “The ecumenical leaders achieved much more than they and their successors give them credit for…It might be hyperbolic to say that ecumenists experienced a cultural victory and an organizational defeat, but there is something to that view.” (p. 26)
“Gendered Perspectives on ‘God of Life, Lead us to Justice and Peace’”: Theme issue of The Ecumenical Review 64:3 (October 2012):
- Gnanadason, Aruna. “Violence against Women is Sin”: 241-253.
- Fulata Lusungu. “We Demand Bread and Roses when We are Hired: Gender Justice in Workplaces: A Feminist Ethical Perspective”: 254-266.
- Connie. “Justice and Peace for Global Commercial Sex Workers: The Plight of Aboriginal Migrant Women in Taiwan”: 267-280.
- Rebecca Todd. “Feminist Critical Discourse on Globalization, Economy, Ecology and Empire”: 281-298.
- Daniel G. “Homeward Bound: A Theology of Migration for Fullness of Life, Justice and Peace”: 299-313.
- Annemarie C. “Toward the Difficult Whole: ‘Unity’ in Woman’s Perspective”: 314-327.
- Roderick R. “My Mother who Fathered Me”: 328-337.
- Manoj. “An Ecumenical Framework for a Liberative Human Sexuality”: 338-345.
- Mutale M. and Sarojini Nadar. “Remembering and Resistance”: 346-356.
- Salvador Armando and Sarojini Nadar. “Women Oppressing Women: The Cultivation of Esprit de Corps in Xirilo (Women’s Association) of the UCCSA in Mazambique”: 357-365.
Gros, Jeffrey, FSC. “Dialogue: Ecumenical Connections across Time: Medieval Franciscans as a Proto-Pentecostal Movement?” Pneuma 34:1 (2012): 75-93.
The veteran Roman Catholic ecumenist proposes that the shared commitments to experiential access to God, poverty, holiness, and missionary impetus can serve as links between the 13th century Franciscan movement and 20th century Pentecostalism.
Gros, Jeffrey, FSC. “A Hermeneutics of History for an Ecumenical Future.” One in Christ 46:1 (2012): 124-145.
The preeminent Catholic ecumenist uses the BEM document, the ARIC I Final Report Response, and JDDJ to establish ecumenical hermeneutical challenges, presents the WCC’s Treasure in Earthen Vessels to harvest a set of ecumenical hermeneutical principles, and then analyzes four ecumenical texts’ proposals for reinterpreting the Christian narrative ecumenically: the World Reformed-Catholic text Towards a Common Understanding of the Church, the NCCC Faith and Order study on Telling the Churches’ Stories, and the Lutheran-Mennonite and Catholic-Mennonite texts on healing of memories. These form an interpretative framework for re-framing and reinterpreting church history, especially the Reformation narrative, ecumenically, with implications for the 2017 Reformation anniversary.
Gros, Jeffrey, FSC. “Reception, the First Three Decades: The Contribution of Cardinal Bernardin.” Ecumenical Trends 41:8 (September 2012): 122-125.
Addresses Cardinal Bernardin’s contributions through service on the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Joint Working Group with the World Council of Churches, and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and considers three ecumenical presentations made by the Cardinal in 1982-84.
Hamilton, Daniel S. “Dr. John Zizioulas and the Roman Primacy.” Ecumenical Trends 41:8 (September 2012): 116-121, 127-128.
An analysis and evaluation of the Greek Orthodox theologian’s stance on the historical evidence for the primacy of the Roman pontiff, in conversation with the author’s own position on the question and with that of John Meyendorff.
Harvesting the Fruits : Reception of the Harvest Project of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Ecumenical Trends 40: Special Issue (2011):
- Wainwright, Geoffrey. “A First Methodist Response to Harvesting the Fruits”: 1-3.
- William G. “A Lutheran’s Perspective on Harvesting the Fruits”: 4-5.
- David. “Harvesting the Fruits – Some Reflections by a Methodist”: 6-11.
- Kathryn L. “First Responses: A Lutheran Perspective”: 12-13.
- Douwe. “Harvesting the Fruits: A Reform Perspective”: 14.
- N.T. “Harvesting the Fruits: An Anglican Perspective”: 15-19.
Hendricks, Paul. “Interchurch Families & Receptive Ecumenism.” One in Christ 46:1 (2012): 2-12.
A Roman Catholic bishop’s address to the Association of Interchurch Families from March 2012.
Hiltz, Fred. “Paul Wattson Lecture – Halifax: Holiness, Hospitality and Hope.” Ecumenical Trends 41:1 (January 2012): 10-14.
The Anglican Archbishop of Canada says that “genuine ecumenism” must be “rooted in a deep holiness, reflect a radical hospitality, and represent a lively hope for the world” (p. 10).
Hughson, Tom. “Beyond Ecumenical Dialogue.” One in Christ 46:1 (2012): 24-37.
Proposes a “track 2 ecumenism” that moves from traditional theological dialogue to receptive ecumenism derived from Aquinas’ notion of friendship: churches desiring the good for the other; working and worshiping side-by-side; appreciating one another.
Kinnamon, Michael. “What Can the Churches Say Together about the Church?” Ecclesiology 8:3 (2012): 289-301.
The senior ecumenist offers twelve points of agreement on the nature and purpose of the church, identifies issues needing further dialogue, and calls for study and reception of the multilateral convergence documents on ecclesiology.
Koch, Kurt. “Recent Ecumenical Progress and Future Prospects.” Origins 41:25 (November 24, 2011): 395-402.
In this speech given at the Catholic University of America, the new president for the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity describes six changes/challenges in the current ecumenical situation (reception, the differentiated consensus model, renewed emphasis on denominational differentiation, uncertainty about the ecumenical goal, ethical disagreements, and new ecumenical partners) and then identifies the need now to consolidate the convergences achieved and the theological foundations of ecumenism: mutual recognition of baptism, recovery of division as scandal, and promotion of spirituality as the “root-stock of all ecumenical endeavors” (p. 401).
Körtner, Ulrich H. J. “Towards an Ecumenical Hermeneutics of Diversity: Some Remarks on the Hermeneutical Challenges of the Ecumenical Movement.” Theology Today 68:4 (January 2012): 448-466.
A professor for Systematic Theology at the University of Vienna critiques the 1998 World Council of Churches’ document on ecumenical hermeneutics, “A Treasure in Earthen Vessels,” utilizing Tillich and Ricoeur’s work on symbols and Ludwig Wittgenstein’s work on language and semiotics.
Larin, Vassa. “Roman Catholic Students at Russian Orthodox Liturgy: The Communion of the Churches, From the Bottom Up.” Worship 86:4 (July 2012): 311-323.
This paper, first presented at the 2011 Orientale Lumen Conference in Washington, DC., describes the experiences and impressions of fifteen Roman Catholic graduate students from their participation in a seminar course on Orthodoxy that included visits to several Orthodox liturgies.
Madar, Martin. “Roger Haight’s Contribution to Method in Ecclesiology and its Implications for Ecumenical Dialogue.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 47:2 (Spring 2012): 207-226.
The author discusses Haight’s ecclesiology in Christian Community in History in terms of historicity, globalization, pluralism, and functionality and argues that ecumenical dialogue could be advanced from application of these principles.
McDonald, Kevin. “Reflections on the 1993 Ecumenical Directory in the Light of the Ecclesiological Teaching of the Second Vatican Council.” Ecumenical Trends 41:7 (July/August 2012): 104-111.
A member of the drafting committee for the 1993 Ecumenical Directory, Archbishop McDonald summarizes the key sections of the text, analyzes its theological perspective in light of Vatican II, and reflects on the Directory’s ongoing relevance for today.
Murray, Paul D. “ARCIC III: Recognizing the Need for an Ecumenical Gear-Change.” One in Christ 45:2 (Winter 2011): 200-211. A newly appointed member of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission III summarizes the initial meeting of the commission, analyzes the ecumenical strategies and approaches that characterized ARCIC I and ARCIC II, and explains the commission’s decision to use receptive ecumenism as the “gear-change” strategy for this round of dialogue, which will be focused on local/universal church and ethical discernment.
National Council of Churches of Christ Faith and Order Commission. “A Journey to Open Up Other Journeys: Justice and Salvation.” Part I: Ecumenical Trends 41:9 (October 2012): 132-141; Part II: Ecumenical Trends 41:10 (November 2012): 148-159.
Parts I & II of a consensus paper on justice and salvation, the culmination of an eight-year study process of the National Council of Churches of Christ Faith and Order Commission. Part III is forthcoming; the full report will be published in the NCCC online journal Speaking of Unity at http://www.ncccusa.org.
The Ordinariate for Former Anglicans in U.S.: Articles in Origins:
▪ Wuerl, Donald W. “Ordinariate for Former Anglicans to be Established in U.S.” Origins 41:28 (December 15, 2011): 459-461.
▪ U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “Q & A on Ordinariate for Former Anglicans in U.S.” Origins 41:28 (December 15, 2011): 461-462.
▪ Steenson. Jeffrey N. “Statement on Creation of Ordinariate in U.S. for Former Anglicans.” Origins 41:31 (January 12, 2012): 501-502.
Pädam, Tiit. “Toward a Common Understanding of Diaconal Ministry? Recent Developments in the Diaconate among the Porvoo Churches.” Ecclesiology 8:3 (2012): 326-349.
The Porvoo Common Statement is the ecumenical accord between the four Anglican churches of the British Isles (England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales) and seven Nordic and Baltic Lutheran churches (Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, Denmark). “The article analyses the understanding of the deacon’s ministry in the Porvoo churches as expressed in their liturgical acts of admission to this ministry and their educational requirements for deacons” (p. 326).
Pottmeyer, Hermann J. “Can the Papacy Lead toward a Communion of Churches?” Pro Ecclesia 21:3 (Summer 2012): 258-267.
This article by the emeritus professor of fundamental theology at Ruhr University and translated from the German original describes the 2010 German Lutheran-Roman Catholic proposal for “a model of papal ministry that could prepare the way for a reunited Christendom” (259).
Roberson, Ronald G., CSP. “The Catholic Understanding of Ecumenism.” Origins 42:2 (May 17, 2012): 27-30.
The text of a presentation from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs staff reviews the history of Roman Catholic involvement in ecumenism since 1928 and asserts “it is clear that for Catholics, ecumenism – the building up of the visible unity of Christians – is absolutely central to the Christian life, both in terms of the church becoming who she is and in terms of the church’s mission” (28-29).
Root, Michael. “The Hope of Eternal Life.” Ecumenical Trends 41:7 (July/August 2012): 100-103, 111.
A summary and analysis of the U.S. Catholic-Lutheran dialogue statement on death (including prayers for the dead), judgment, heaven and hell, presented at the 2012 National Workshop on Christian Unity by a veteran ecumenist and professor at Catholic University of America.
Seim, Turid Karlsen. “Beyond the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification: Recent Developments in the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue.” Centro Pro Unione Bulletin No. 80 (Fall 2011): 14-20. Discussion of Lutheran-Roman Catholic relations since JDDJ: Dominus Iesus and its reception by the Lutheran church, the Annex to the Declaration, the next Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue statement “The Apostolicity of the Church,” and work toward a joint text on the 500 th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.
Sherlock, Charles. “Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue on Ethics and Moral Theology: An Anglican Perspective.” One in Christ 46:1 (2012): 89-107.
An Anglican member of ARCIC II and III surveys the history and methodology of the international Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue on addressing moral issues ecumenically, from the 1967 Malta Report to the 2005 statement on Mary.
Stathokosta, Vassiliki El. “Relations Between the Orthodox and the Anglicans in the Twentieth Century: A Reason to Consider the Present and the Future of the Theological Dialogue.” Ecclesiology 8:3 (2012): 350-374.
“This study emphasizes that the ecclesiological and theological proximity of Orthodoxy and Anglicanism is a solid basis for the continuation of their theological dialogue” (p. 350).
Steinmetz, David C. “Unsettled Issues: The Protestant-Catholic Impasse.” Christian Century 129:10 (May 16, 2012): 32-34.
The Duke Divinity School professor emeritus proposes that the ongoing issues impeding full communion be addressed by coordinating all ecumenical bilateral dialogues to study the same issue simultaneously and to share the resulting dialogue study papers among all the groups. He suggests that the topic of Scripture and tradition would be timely for this new approach.
Thorsen, Don. “Jesus, Ecumenism, and Interfaith Relations: A Wesleyan Perspective.” Wesleyan Theological Journal 47:1 (Spring 2012): 59-71.
A Wesleyan theologian’s apologia for the necessity of interfaith relations based on Wesley’s catholic spirit and as an outgrowth of the tradition’s history of ecumenical engagement.
Tsompanidis, Stylianos. “The Church and the Churches in the Ecumenical Movement.” International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church 12:2 (May 2012): 148-163.
This article seeks to address the question raised by the Special Commission on Orthodox Participation in the WCC: “whether there is room in Orthodox ecclesiology for other churches” and challenges the Orthodox tradition to create space for the other and move constructively toward the other.
Tveit, Olav Fyske. “Renewed Mission of the WCC in the Search for Christian Unity.” Centro Pro Unione Bulletin No. 80 (Fall 2011): 30-35. The new General Secretary of the World Council of Churches reviews the WCC’s recent history and frames the WCC’s mission around the central task of mutual accountability in this lecture presented at the Centro Pro Unione in January 2011.
Tveit, Olav Fykse. “Theology and Unity in World Christianity.” The Ecumenical Review 64:3 (October 2012): 366-382.
The General Secretary of the World Council of Churches explores the changing context of world Christianity today and emphasizes the vital role of theology, especially ecumenical theology, in theological education and higher education, in Europe and beyond.
U.S. Methodist-Catholic Dialogue. “Heaven and Earth are Full of Your Glory: The Eucharist and Ecology.” Origins 41:47 (May 3, 2012):761-769.
The agreed statement of the 7th round of dialogue between the United Methodist Church and the Roman Catholic Church (2008-2011) calls the two churches “to participate more deeply in the Eucharist by recognizing its intrinsic connection with the renewal of creation,” “to attend more carefully to the production of the sacramental bread and wine both in itself and as a sign of the interconnection of worship, economy and nature,” and to practice stewardship of creation and serve as “ambassadors of reconciliation” (p. 768).
Vondey, Wolfgang. “Pentecostals and Ecumenism: Becoming the Church as a Pursuit of Christian Unity.” International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church 11:4 (November 2011): 318-330.
A survey of past and present Pentecostal involvements in ecumenism, followed by a call for the “transformation of Pentecostalism” into an “ecumenical ecclesiology” for the future, written by a theology professor from Regent University.
Vought, Joe and Raymond Barton. “Pilgrimage as Spiritual Communion.” Ecumenical Trends 41:4 (April 2012): 59-62.
The Lutheran and Catholic clergy co-leaders of a two-week ecumenical journey to Germany and Italy for 23 parishioners dialogue about the experience as historical, ecumenical, and spiritual pilgrimage.
Wainwright, Geoffrey. “Editorial – Reading the Scriptures Together.” Ecclesiology 8:1 (2012): 3-10.
The veteran ecumenist traces the history of the development of the Revised Common Lectionary and its “liturgical, educational, and ecumenical use” upon its twentieth anniversary.
Wilson, Sarah Hinlicky. “Searching for a Church: Life on the Ecclesiastical Frontier.” The Christian Century 129:16 (August 8, 2012): 22-25.
A theologian on the staff of the Institute for Ecumenical Research describes her family’s search for a worshipping community in Strasbourg, ultimately finding themselves to be “ecclesiastical three-timing” as Lutherans involved in both an Anglican and an independent congregational parish. Discusses issues of full communion intransitivity and congregational ordination.
New Journal Articles of Note on Ecumenism, year 2011
“Anglican Ordinariates: A New Form of Uniatism?” Ecumenical Trends 40:8 (September 2011):
- Roberson, Ronald G. “What is Uniatism? An Exploration of the Concept of Uniatism in Relation to the Creation of the Anglican Ordinariates”: 118-120, 126.
- James. “Anglican Ordinariates in Ecumenical Perspective”: 121-123.
This pair of articles from a seminar of the 2011 National Workshop on Christian Unity analyzes the Roman Catholic Church’s 2009 creation of an Anglican ordinariate through the apostolic constitution Anglicanorum coetibus and challenges it as “no substitute for the patient and painstaking work of ecumenism” (p. 123).
“A Bibliography of Interchurch and Interconfessional Theological Dialogues Twenty-Sixth Supplement, 2011.” Bulletin, Centro Pro Unione No. 79 (Spring 2011): 10-32.
The 26 th installment of a comprehensive bibliography of international and national bilateral and multilateral dialogues, coded by confessional families, churches and councils. Each section includes information about the dialogues, texts and papers of the dialogues, and reflections and reactions.
Borelli, John. “Where in the World is Ecumenism?” Ecumenical Trends 40:4 (April 2011): 55-59.
In a paper first presented at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic parish in Georgetown, Dr. Borelli summarizes ecumenical progress since Vatican II and the lessons that have been learned: 1) that it was easier for the Christian community to break apart in the Reformation than it is to reunite it; 2) that ecumenical progress is slow in part because of the way Christians came to define themselves over against other Christian traditions; and 3) that unexpected changes within the lives of individual churches should not derail ecumenical forward movement. The article ends with implications of the ecumenical movement for parish life.
Busch, Robert. “The Ecumenical Anglican: Ten Years Later.” The Anglican 40:1 (Winter 2011): 19-21.
A Lutheran revisits his July 2000 predictions for the Lutheran-Episcopal full communion agreement, reflects on what has – and has not – been accomplished in the first decade of Called to Common Mission, and challenges the two churches to develop common liturgical texts, to hold joint celebrations of the Eucharist in every parish at least annually, to plan contiguous Churchwide Assemblies/General Conventions for national celebrations of common worship, and to teach future clergy both to honor the liturgical tradition and to develop new forms of worship.
Carter, David. “Church and Unity: Compatible or Contradictory Concepts?” One in Christ 45:1 (Summer 2011): 64-82.
A Methodist member of the British Methodist-Roman Catholic dialogue critiques Cardinal Kasper and Cardinal Koch’s respective statements on church vis-à-vis Methodism, Anglicanism, Lutheranism, and the Reformed tradition, asserts the ongoing historical continuity of these Protestant traditions, and claims the appropriateness of the ecumenical concept of unity in reconciled diversity when properly defined and interpreted.
Carter, David. “Encountering Christ the Savior: Church and Sacraments.” Ecumenical Trends 40:9 (October 2011): 129-137.
A Methodist member of the British Catholic-Methodist dialogue summarizes the August 2011 ninth report of the Methodist-Roman Catholic International Commission on Dialogue that bears the same title as the ET article.
Creemers, Jelle. “Intertwined Problems of Representation and Reception in Pentecostal Ecumenical Involvement: A Case Study.” One in Christ 45:1 (Summer 2011): 142-161.
A doctoral student assesses the complexities of designing and staffing the international Roman Catholic-Classical Pentecostal dialogue, suggests avenues for congregationally-based Pentecostal tradition churches to participate in and receive the results of ecumenical dialogues, and analyses the pros and cons of each approach. This insightful essay is relevant for all who seek avenues for dialogue and reception with congregational church bodies.
Deck, Allan Figueroa, SJ. “Pentecostalism and Latino Catholic Identity.” Ecumenical Trends 40:5 (May 2011): 69-75.
The Executive Director of the USCCB Secretariat of Cultural Diversity identifies many points of commonality between Latino Catholics and Pentecostals, such as trust in God’s active power and work today, an emphasis on healing of body and spirit, belief in the reality of miracles, emphasis on family and community, and emotion in religious expression. Suggestions for ecumenical progress between these groups include recognition of charisms, connecting pneumatology and Mariology, and common work for social justice.
De Witte, Pieter. “‘The Apostolicity of the Church’ in Light of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Consensus on Justification.” Ecclesiology 7:3 (2011):317-335. A Roman Catholic theologian from Leuven critiques the understanding on apostolic succession reached in the international Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue process following the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, takes issue with the extension of the JDDJ concept of differentiated consensus to “differentiated participation” in apostolic ministry, and argues that the Apostolicity dialogue document neglects to reflect adequately Roman Catholic theology of how apostolicity is secured through the historic episcopate.
“A Catholic Future: Shared Mission Beyond Unitary Communions.” Origins 40:34 (February 3, 2011): 559-564.
The Hecker Lecture address given by the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church at St. Paul’s College in Washington DC on January 19, 2011 calls for Episcopal-Roman Catholic common mission and “catholic vocation,” grounded in shared “baptismal values,” and focused specifically on shared works of mercy for the poor and striving together for ecological justice.
“Ecumenical Horizons – Prospects and Perspectives,” Theme Issue: The Ecumenical Review 63:2 (July 2011):
- Stranz, Jane. “Taking Stock of Ecumenism”: 133–135.
- Kim, Kirsteen, “Globalization of Protestant Movements since the 1960s”: 136-147.
- Ueberschär, Ellen. “There’s Not Much Time Left: We Cannot Afford an Ecumenism of Lethargy”: 148–152.
- Oxley, Simon. “Getting Nowhere?”: 153–159.
- Matthey, Jacques. “The Necessity of a World Council of Churches”: 160–168.
- Dumitrascu, Nicu. “A Romanian Perspective on Ecumenism, Patristics and Academic Theology”: 169-176.
- Gibaut, John St-Helier. “Catholicity, Faith and Order, and the Unity of the Church”: 177–185.
- Hwang, Jae-Buhm. “The First Asian Ecumenical Confession of Faith: The So-Called Twelve Articles of Faith of Many Asian Protestant Churches”: 200–210.
- Altmann, Walter. “Address by the Moderator to the World Council of Churches’ Central Committee, February 2011”: 211–219.
- Tveit, Olav Fykse. “Report of the General Secretary to the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches, February 2011”: 219–234.
“Forty Years of Walking Together”: Theme Issue on the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada. Ecumenism No. 182 (Summer 2011):
- Flynn, Kevin. “Ecumenical Dialogue and Formation for Ministry”: 3-5.
- Clifford, Catherine E. “The Founding of ARC Canada”: 6-10.
- O’Gara, Margaret. “A Fruitful Time: Early Years of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada (1976-93)”: 11-14.
- Clough, Brian. “The Pastoral Care of Interchurch Marriages”: 15-16.
- Brown, Susan Mader. “Where Do We Go Together from Here?: A Canadian Catholic Perspective on IARRCUM’s Advice”: 17-21.
- Mangina, Joseph L. “Benedict’s Bible: An Anglican Response to the Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini”: 22-25.
- “A Joint Service of Worship to Celebrate the 40 th Anniversary of Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue in Canada”: special pull-out section.
- Drainville, Dennis. “Forty Years of Dialogue: Reflections of a Practical Ecumenist”: 26-27.
- Lapierre, François. “Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue”: 28-29.
- Bolen, Donald. “Covenant between the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina and the Anglican Diocese of Qu’Appelle”: 30-34.
- Routhier, Gilles. “An Unfinished Pilgrimage”: 35-37.
Gros, Jeffrey. “One in Faith, Sacramental Life and Piety.” Ecumenical Trends 40:7 (July/August 2011): 104-107.
In an address given at the May 2011 National Workshop on Christian Unity, the veteran ecumenist offers his colleagues specific suggestions: to advance unity through the 2017 commemoration of the Reformation’s 500 th anniversary, to “help our people form an ecumenical piety,” and to mentor a future generation of ecumenical leaders for the 21 st century through “invitation, accountability and communication, and mutuality” (106).
“Has the Lausanne Movement Moved?” Theme issue: International Bulletin of Missionary Research 35:2 (April 2011):
- “The Cape Town Commitment: A Confession of Faith and a Call to Action”: 59-80.
- Hunt, Robert A. “The History of the Lausanne Movement, 1974-2010”: 81-84.
- Padilla, C. Rene. “The Future of the Lausanne Movement”: 86-87.
- Schreiter, Robert J. “From the Lausanne Covenant to the Cape Town Commitment: A Theological Assessment”: 88-92.
Hollinger, David A. “After Cloven Tongues of Fire: Ecumenical Protestantism and the Modern American Encounter with Diversity.” Journal of American History 98:1 (June 2011): 21-48.
The competing claims and experiences of ecumenical Protestants and evangelical Protestants and “the significance of Protestant dialectic” (p. 21) in contemporary American society is the focus of this March 2011 speech to the Organization of American Historians by a University of California, Berkeley history professor.
Jeruma-Grinberga, Jana. “Frailty and Faithfulness: Minority Churches and Ecumenism.” One in Christ 45:1 (Summer 2011): 2-15.
The bishop of the Lutheran Church in Great Britain and the President of Churches Together in England lifts up the perspectives that numerically minority churches can helpfully contribute to ecumenical dialogue, e.g. defining theology through the cross, offering a prophetic role to a growth-driven world, finding power in powerlessness, shepherding scarce resources, and articulating one’s confessional identity.
Johnson, Maxwell E. “Scholarly Update: Ecumenism and the Study of Liturgy: What Shall We Do Now?” Liturgical Ministry 20 (Winter 2011): 13-21.
An ELCA pastor serving on the liturgics faculty at the University of Notre Dame reviews the history of ecumenical liturgical reform since Vatican II and calls the churches to continue in that vein: “we who have been formed by the ecumenical vision and spirit of liturgical study dare not let go of that vision and spirit since the full and visible unity of Christianity has not yet been accomplished” (p. 19).
Kasper, Walter. “May They All Be One? But How? A Vision of Christian Unity for the Next Generation.” Ecumenical Trends 40:4 (April 2011): 49-54.
In this Paul Wattson Lecture at the University of San Francisco, Cardinal Kasper characterizes the ecumenical movement as a crisis moment that is both a closure of old ways and a kairos moment of new opportunity and a movement that needs to avoid two dangers: becoming merely an academic debate and settling into an endless round of dialogues and documents. Instead, he calls for an ecumenical future characterized by renewal of spiritual ecumenism and conversion of heart.
Kessler, Diane C. “Peace and the Protestant Traditions.” Ecumenical Trends 40:7 (July/August 2011): 97-103.
The former Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches traces various perspectives on peace and peace-making through the branches of Protestant history, provides examples from twentieth-century ecumenical work on peace and justice, and proposes interfaith approaches to peace-making, in order that we might “pray for peace, witness for peace, and work for peace” (103).
Kinnamon, Michael. “Gettysburg Seminary Sermon.” Ecumenical Trends 40:6 (June 2011): 92-93.
An inspiring sermon on ecumenism, preached for the National Council of Churches of Christ Faith and Order Commission, in which the General Secretary urged the commissioners to make the unity already given in Christ Jesus visible to the world and to the churches that they serve.
McGinnell, Kevin. “Liturgy and the Churches: An Ecclesial Minefield or a Source of Unity?” Anaphora: The Journal of the Society for Liturgical Study 5:1 (2011): 1-22.
An analysis of the ecumenical implications, positive and negative, of past and present liturgical developments (e.g. Revised Common Lectionary, Liturgicam Authenticam, Tridentine mass, the new Roman Missal), with a call to renewed liturgical scholarship and dialogue towards a more ecumenical liturgical future.
Morris, Jeremy. “Edinburgh 1910-2010: A Retrospective Assessment.” Ecclesiology 7:3 (2011): 297-316.
Analyzes four “narratives of change” by which the Edinburgh 1910 conference has been understood historically in the intervening century (secularization, empire, nationalism, and gender) and argues that the significance of the ecumenical contribution of the Conference has been exaggerated while its mission strategy has been underappreciated.
Mshanga, Vitalis. “The Ecumenical Vision of the Apostle Paul and its Relevance for Contemporary Search for Full Unity of All Christians.” Exchange 40 (2011): 144-169.
“In the first place, the study explores Paul’s view of Christian unity. Secondly, the study investigates the central aspects of Paul’s ecumenical legacy in view of establishing his contribution towards the unity of Christians. Thirdly, the research investigates the significance of Paul’s vision of Christian unity for contemporary search for full and visible unity. Finally, the study concludes with some remarks and challenging insights for those engaged in ecumenical dialogues” (Abstract).
Murray, Paul D. “Expanding Catholicity through Ecumenicity in the Work of Yves Congar: Ressourcement, Receptive Ecumenism and Catholic Reform.” International Journal of Systematic Theology 13:3 (July 2011): 272-302.
Asserts that Yves Congar’s ecumenical writings are foundational and formative for contemporary ecumenical understandings of ressourcement, reconciled diversity, and receptive ecumenism.
“The Next 100 Years: New and Renewed Strategies for the Ecumenical Mission”: Papers from the 2010 Annual Meeting of the North American Academy of Ecumenists. The Journal of Ecumenical Studies 46:3 (Summer 2011):
- Meyer, Russell. “Introduction: Remembering and Conversion, Companions and Allies, and our Ecumenical Future”: 305-310.
- Best, Thomas F. “A Tale of Two Edinburghs: Mission, Unity, and Mutual Accountability”: 311-328.
- Clifford, Catherine E. “Unity and Mission One Hundred Years On”: 329-342.
- Baum, Gregory. “The Churches Challenged by the Secularization of Culture”: 343-352.
- Philip (Riabykh), Hegumen. “The Russian Orthodox Church and Ecumenism”: 353-358.
- Routhier, Gilles. “Living in the Same House”: 359-364.
- Hamilton, Karen A. “People of Paradox”: 365-367.
- O’Gara, Margaret. “Witnessing the Ecumenical Future Together”: 368-377.
Payne, Daniel P. and Jennifer M. Kent. “An Alliance of the Sacred: Prospects for a Catholic-Orthodox Partnership against Secularism in Europe.” The Journal of Ecumenical Studies 46:1 (Winter 2011): 41-66.
The authors summarize Roman Catholic and Orthodox views on the secularization of European society and the Ecumenical Patriarch’s 2009 proposal for a “churches’ umbrella body in Europe” to bear common witness against secularization and then analyze what they see to be obstacles for such an alliance and the costs to each tradition’s ecumenical relationship with “liberal” Protestants. Despite these obstacles, the authors regard the possibility of such an alliance as an instrument for effective dialogue with Muslims and a positive step toward deepening ecumenical relations with one another.
Robert, Dana L. “Cross-Cultural Friendship in the Creation of Twentieth-Century World Christianity.”International Bulletin of Missionary Research 35:2 (April 2011): 100-107.
The author, a professor ofworld Christianity and missions at Boston University, provides compelling stories of the central place of cross-cultural friendships in early to mid-20 th century missionary work in bridging cultures and giving voice to the disenfranchised, describes the subsequent evolution from personal friendship to missions partnerships between institutions, and asks how cross-cultural personal friendships might yet be nurtured and valued in an era of short-term mission trips and economic and cultural differences.
Root, Michael. “ Indulgences as Ecumenical Barometer: Penitence and Unity in the Christian Life.” Bulletin, Centro Pro Unione No. 79 (Spring 2011): 3-10.
In this published lecture from a Centro Pro Unione conference, a veteran ecumenist explicates theologically the interrelation between the sinner’s ongoing conversion through the consequences of sin and the remission of those consequences by indulgences and then addresses the associated ecumenical questions: first, what is the church’s authority to function as a “determinative agent within the mediation of grace,” (p. 8); second, how binding a secondary doctrine like indulgences would be for other churches; and third, how churches might deal ecumenically today with a loaded term such as “indulgence” that evokes the Reformation split.
Sisto, Walter N. “Marian Dogmas and Reunion: What Eastern Catholics Can Teach Us about Catholic Ecumenism.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 46:2 (Spring 2011): 150-162.
A Catholic ecumenical theologian proposes that Anglican-Catholic rapprochement on the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception could succeed by emulating the Roman Catholic Church’s approach on the topic for the Ukrainian Catholic Church, to wit, that the dogma be accepted without requiring the specific Roman Catholic theological formulation. The author proposes this Roman Catholic-Eastern Catholic theological agreement as an ecumenical model for ARCIC.
Thompson, David M. “Background to the Disciples-Catholic Dialogue.” Call to Unity Issue 12 (October 2011): 21-29.
A Disciples theologian who has been on the international dialogue since 1980 summarizes the four rounds of dialogue now completed between the two churches, in this paper presented to the preparatory meeting for the fifth phase of dialogue, tentatively to be named “Formed and Transformed at the Table of the Lord.”
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2012: “We Will All Be Changed by the Victory of Our Lord Jesus Christ (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:51-58)”: Preaching Material on the 2012 Week of Prayer Theme.
▪ Hooke, Ruthanna B. “Homiletical Notes for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.” Ecumenical Trends 40:9 (October 2011): 138-143.
▪ Soards, Marion L. “A Commentary”: Ecumenical Trends 40:10 (November 2011): 154, 159.
Welch, Robert K. “The Scandal of Our Disunity – It’s Personal.” Ecumenical Trends 40:8 (September 2011): 113-116, 126.
This keynote address from the 2011 National Workshop on Christian Unity reflects on the “landscape” of the ecumenical movement, identifies current “frontiers” (reception, interfaith engagement, and dialogue with Evangelicals and Pentecostals), and challenges the National Workshop to create and issue a public statement to the churches in 2012.The National Workshop’s response, “Christian Unity is our Calling,” which states the Workshop’s intent to “together assess, affirm and renew our dedication to the future of Christian unity” in 2012, is published on the following page of ET.
Werner, Dietrich. “Theological Education in the Changing Context of World Christianity — an Unfinished Agenda.” International Bulletin of Missionary Research 35:2 (April 2011): 92-100.
The Director of the WCC Programme on Ecumenical Theological Education gives his assessment of the influence of Edinburgh 1910 and Edinburgh 2010 on theological education and describes six challenges that he believes theological education faces today: 1) unequal distribution, 2) cultural dominance, 3) migration and pluralism, 4) fragmentation of world Christianity, 5) viability of seminaries, and 6) secularism in the academy.
White, John F. “A New Order for a New Day – A Call to Be One: Hush, Someone is Calling our Name: 26 th Peter Ainslie Lecture on Christian Unity.” Call to Unity 12 (October 2011): 7-10.
The Ecumenical and Urban Affairs Officer for the African Methodist Episcopal Church speaks for unity in all circumstances: Jesus is calling the churches “to provide the forum in which each church can articulate the judgments that shape, and even qualify, its relationship to the others so that honest sharing of commonalities, divergences and differences will help all churches pursue the things we share in common” (p. 10).
Zemin, Chen. “To Unite All in Christ, That We May Become One.” Chinese Theological Review 23 (2011): 123-127.
A Chinese Christian’s sermon on ecumenism, whereby he analyzes the meaning of the verb “unite” in Ephesians chapters 1 and 4 as return to the headship of Christ and draws out the text’s dimensions of “illumination, inspiration, admonition, warning and challenge” (127) for the church.
New Journal Articles of Note on Ecumenism, year 2010
“A Bibliography of Interchurch and Interconfessional Theological Dialogues, Twenty-Fifth Supplement, 2010.” Bulletin, Centro Pro Unione No. 77 (Spring 2010): 9-33.
This is the 25 th installment of a comprehensive bibliography of international and national bilateral and multilateral dialogues, coded by confessional families, churches and councils. Each section includes information about the dialogues, texts and papers of the dialogues, and reflections and reactions. Eastern Churches Journal: A Review of Eastern Christianity 14:1, 2, 3 (Spring, Summer, Autumn 2007). Although dated 2007, this combined issue was just published in June 2010. It provides nearly 500 pages of comprehensive documentation of the speeches, greetings of official delegations, common declarations, dialogue updates, and state of the church reports for all the individual Orthodox and Eastern Catholic church bodies for the year 2007.
Carter, David. “Unity in Reconciled Diversity: Cop-out or Rainbow Church.” Theology 63 (November/December 2010): 411-420.
A British Methodist ecumenist argues that the ecumenical goal of unity in reconciled diversity may offer a “richer and fuller catholicity” than the goal of organic unity.
Charbak, Demetrios. “Contemporary Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue in the Patriarchate of Antioch.” One in Christ 44:2 (Winter 2010): 95-100.
“This paper, first given at the Orientale Lumen conference held at Heythrop College in May 2010, describes current problems confronting Christians in the East, as well as recent and continuing progress Orthodox and Catholic are making in Antioch, in the dialogue of truth, both local and official, as well as in the dialogue of love” (Abstract).
Cleenewerck, Laurent and Ernst R. von Schwarz. “The Recovery of Eucharistic and Holographic Ecclesiology as a Promised Avenue of Ecumenical Dialogue and Broader Mutual Recognition.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 45:4 (Fall 2010): 561-577. Del Colle, Ralph.
Cornick, David. “Calvin and the Quest for Christian Unity: An Unexpected Legacy.” Ecclesiology 6:3 (2010): 265-273.
This paper, originally presented for the “Calvin Colloquium” sponsored by the University of Exeter and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, asserts that John Calvin was “a theologian who believed passionate in the mystical body of Christ, an ecclesiastical statesman who sought to do all in his power to hold together an ecclesiastical world being forced apart under immense centrifugal pressure, and a Christian minister who longed to be at one with his fellow pastors” (273). Rereading Calvin for his ecumenical legacy will reclaim a Christocentric ecumenism that accepts the importance of a ministry of oversight and keeps doors of dialogue open.
Daley, Brian E. “Woman of Many Names: Mary in Orthodox and Catholic Theology.” Theological Studies71:4 (December 2010): 846-869.
“This article attempts to show the continuity between Catholic and Orthodox liturgical and theological traditions on Mary, despite apparent differences in terminology and image, and draws on the works of Sergei Bulgakov and Karl Rahner to reflect on the fundamental meaning of Mary for both Eastern and Western forms of Christianity” (p. 846).
“Edinburgh 1910-2010.” Theme issue of Crucible: The Christian Journal of Social Ethics (October – December 2010) .
- Peter Sedgwick, “Edinburgh 2010”: 3-6.
- David Cornick, “Retrospective on an Ecumenical Century”: 7-16.
- Michael Doe, “The Evangelisation of the World in this Generation”: 17-24.
- Janice Price, “From Edinburgh 1910 to 2010: A Revolution in Social Vision”: 25-32.
- Kevin Ward, “Ecumenical Social Ethics, the Globalisation of Christianity, and the Legacy of Edinburgh 2010”: 33-41.
Enns, Fernando. “‘Glory to God and Peace on Earth’: The Decade to Overcome Violence 2001-2010: An Ecumenical Journey towards a Common Understanding of Just Peace.” Ecumenical Trends 39:6 (June 2010): 86-90.
The German Mennonite theologian who co-moderates the WCC Committee for the Decade to Overcome Violence summarizes the theology of the Decade and the efforts to develop a “spirituality of reconciliation and active nonviolence.” He also presents plans for the International Peace Convocation that will be held in Jamaica in 2011 to address “peace in the community, peace with the earth, peace in the marketplace, and peace among peoples.”
Ford, John T. “Hispanic Ecumenical Dialogue: Progress and Potential: A Review of Building Bridges, Doing Justice.” Ecumenical Trends 39:11 (December 2010): 164-168.
Catholic University of American Professor John Ford gives an in-depth review of the essays in the published proceedings of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the United States entitled Building Bridges, Doing Justice: Constructing a Latino/a Ecumenical Theology (Orlando O. Espín, ed.; Orbis, 2009). He views the report as an indicator that “Hispanic theology is in the process of moving beyond the polemical past of Catholic-Protestant diatribe to ecumenical dialogue” (168), and identifies four lessons and four overlooked topics that this dialogue brings to the wider ecumenical discussion.
Ford, John T. “Immigration Ministry: An Ecumenical Opportunity?” Ecumenical Trends 39:1 (January 2010): 10-14.
The author describes the current plight of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. and calls for the U.S. government to “find a just, humane way” to deal with them. He proposes six areas in which churches, working together ecumenically, can minister to immigrants, in light of the gospel command to love the neighbor.
Ford, John T. “‘Papal Infallibility’ in Ecumenical Perspective.” Ecumenical Trends 39:2 (February 2010): 17-21.
Fr. Ford, Professor of Theology at the Catholic University of America, examines ecumenical implications of the Roman Catholic doctrine of the pope’s “exercising that infallibility with which the Divine Redeemer endowed His Church” (First Vatican Council), in dialogue with the Protestant principle of sola scriptura and the history of the interpretation of the doctrine since the Council defined it (distinguishing “maximal,” “moderate,” and “minimal” views) and proposes a basis for ongoing ecumenical dialogue about infallibility.
Green, Thomas J. “Some Canonical Reflections on Ecumenical Issues.” Ecumenical Trends 39:9 (October 2010): 134-143.
The Catholic University of America Distinguished Professor of Canon Law addresses interchurch and interfaith marriage,Anglicanorum coetibus, the Catholic-Orthodox dialogue’s Ravenna document, the Reformed-US Conference of Catholic Bishops agreement on mutual recognition of baptism, and clergy transfers of church affiliation.
Harmon, Steven R. “How Baptists Receive the Gifts of Catholics and Other Christians.” Ecumenical Trends39:6 (June 2010): 81-85. A Baptist ecumenist describes ways in which Baptists might participate in receptive ecumenism: by receiving confessions, liturgies, hymnody, theological and exegetical resources, and spiritual practices, by participating in ecumenical studies of dialogue results at the local level, and by studying and engaging ethical and theological teachings of other traditions at the seminary level.
Henn, William. “Echoes of John Calvin’s Ecclesiology in the Reformed-Catholic International Dialogue.”Centro Pro Unione Bulletin 78 (Fall 2010): 10-18.
A Roman Catholic member of the international dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the World Alliance of Reformed Churches reflects on Calvin’s views of the church and how the Reformer’s ecclesiology been integrated into three products of the dialogue: “The Presence of Christ in the Church and the World” (1977), “Towards a Common Understanding of the Church” (1990), and “The Church as Community of Common Witness to the Kingdom of God” (2005). The author concludes with the suggestion that a more in-depth use of the common patristic literature might lead to greater convergence in future dialogue.
Hocken, Peter. “The Holy Spirit and the Word.” Ecumenical Trends 39:11 (December 2010): 169-174.
This presentation to the Roman Catholic-Charismatic Non-Denominational Conversation at the Centro Pro Unione in March 2009 reviews how the Spirit and Word themes have manifested in the liturgical renewal movement and Catholic charismatic movement, lay religious communities and post-Vatican II documents and discusses the roles of Scripture and the prophetic movements in Catholicism today.
“The Implications of ‘Religious Experience’ for Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue: A Catholic Perspective.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 45:4 (Fall 2010): 525-542. Jefferts Schori, Katherine.
Kasper, Walter. “‘Harvesting the Fruits’ and the Future of Ecumenism.” Origins 39:37 (February 25, 2010): 597-601.
This article is the published version of Cardinal Kasper’s opening address to the “Harvesting the Fruits” symposium, sponsored in Rome in February 2010 with five representatives from each church involved in the “Harvesting the Fruits” study: the Roman Catholic Church, the Lutheran World Federation, the World Methodist Council, the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, and the Anglican Communion. Cardinal Kasper proposes the development of an “ecumenical catechism” in order to facilitate reception and a more “people-centered ecumenism.” (See also the book entry for Kasper, Walter, Harvesting the Fruits, below.)
Massa, James. “Testing the Reception of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.” Origins 39:31 (January 14, 2010): 508-514.
In an address given on October 29 at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC, the Head of the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops’ Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs describes the Roman Catholic practice of indulgences and the ELCA decision to allow the ordination of homosexuals in committed monogamous relationships as test cases of the Joint Declaration.
McPartlan, Paul. “The Body of Christ and the Ecumenical Potential of Eucharistic Ecclesiology.”Ecclesiology 6 (2010): 148-165.
A Catholic University of America professor reviews the biblical foundations and historical theology underpinning eucharistic ecclesiology, explains the seminal twentieth-century contributions of De Lubac, Zizioulas and Afanassieff, and samples various ecumenical dialogue statements for complementary expressions on the Eucharist, with eucharistic ecclesiology as the bridge.
McPartlan, Paul. “Dominus Iesus After Ten Years.” Ecumenical Trends 39:11 (December 2010): 161-163.
The 2000 Declaration of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Dominus Iesus, is summarized and explained by the Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism at Catholic University of America. Fr. McPartlan concludes that the famous adage “subsists in” of Lumen Gentium, echoed in Dominus Iesus, is not to be considered to mean “is present and operative in” but rather, that the Roman Catholic Church has “historical continuity” through the papacy: it “alludes to that additional factor of unity and stability that is provided for the Church on earth by the personal ministry of the pope as universal primate” (163).
Miller, Larry. “‘Glory to God and on Earth Peace:’ Historic Peace Church Perspectives on the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation.” Centro Pro Unione Bulletin 78 (Fall 2010): 3-9.
The General Secretary of the World Mennonite Conference summarizes the history of the Peace Churches’ responses to WCC statements, describes the current multi-phased drafting process for the culminating document of the WCC’s Decade to Overcome Violence “The Ecumenical Declaration on Just Peace,” delineates in detail what the Peace Churches have applauded and critiqued about the initial draft of the declaration, and raises three key questions about the ongoing ecumenical dialogue around violence.
North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation. “Steps Toward a Reunited Church: An Orthodox-Catholic Vision for the Future.” Origins 40:23 (November 11, 2010): 353-360 and “Celebrating Easter/Pasca Together”, same issue: 360-361.
The consultation identifies the exercise of primacy as the central point of disagreement between Orthodox and Roman Catholics, describes the historical roots of the issue, and summarizes the significant levels of convergence achieved between the two communions (including continuity of apostolic teaching, church life centered on the Divine Liturgy of word and sacraments, understanding of the church as community gathered around a bishop in apostolic succession, the importance of forms of primacy, veneration of Mary, and spiritual practices). It calls for Orthodox and Catholic Christians to “find an effective way to realize our common tradition of faith together and to present the world with a unified testimony to the lordship of Jesus” (357) and describes the shape that a structure of worldwide ecclesial communion might take. Preparatory steps are proposed and outstanding questions and problems identified. In an accompanying statement, the consultation group calls for a permanent resolution of the differences in dating Easter/Pasca for the sake of Christian witness to the world.
Rausch, Thomas P. “Catholics and Pentecostals: Troubled History, New Initiatives.” Theological Studies71:4 (December 2010): 926-950.
A Jesuit professor from Loyola Marymount University explains the history of the Pentecostal movement, analyzes tensions between the Catholic Church and Pentecostalism over evangelization and proselytizing (especially in Latin America) and ecclesiological and theological differences, summarizes ecumenical conversations to date, and identifies positive indicators of a changing relationship between the two groups in Latin America.
Reid, Duncan. “Anglicans and Orthodox: The Cyprus Agreed Statement.” Journal ofAnglican Studies 8:2 (November 2010): 184-199.
A member of the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue summarizes the 2006 agreed document The Church of the Triune God, especially in light of the spreading Anglican practice of the ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopate, and asserts that this ecclesiological issue has eclipsed the filioque as the central issue of the dialogue.
Ruddy, Christopher. “Our Ecumenical Future: How the Bishops Can Advance Christian Unity.” America203:13 (November 8, 2010): 14-17.
A member of the Catholic University of America School of Theology faculty calls for a renewed emphasis on prayer and ecumenical hospitality, deepened theological dialogue with those who adhere to Nicene Christianity, new partnerships with evangelicals, Pentecostals and others on ethical and social issues, and common evangelical outreach in conjunction with other Christians.
Rusch, William G. “A Lutheran View of Where the Ecumenical Movement Stands in the Spring of 2010.”Ecumenical Trends 39:9 (October 2010): 129-133. T
his article is the published version of the Graymoor Lecture given in May 2010, which characterizes the current state of the movement as a gloomy weather forecast. “Progress toward visible unity between certain churches of the sixteenth-century Reformation experiences and Evangelical, Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches will be limited in the future. An emerging challenge will be to maintain the advances that were achieved at the end of the last century and the beginning of this century” (133).
Satterlee, Craig A. “One in the Apostles’ Teaching, Fellowship, Breaking of Bread and Prayer: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2011.” Ecumenical Trends 39:10 (November 2010): 145-148.
These reflections on the 2011 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity theme from an ELCA homiletics professor will be useful for preaching and teaching during the Octave.
Stamm, Mark W. “What Are We Doing? Thoughts about a Seminary Chapel Program in an Ecumenical Setting.” Worship 84:2 (March 2010), 123-137.
A professor of Christian worship at Perkins School of Theology (Southern Methodist University) presents an analysis of the liturgical challenges and pedagogical functions of chapel practices at a denominational seminary with an ecumenical faculty and student body. He draws upon examples of controversial chapel practices (such as disposition of leftover consecrated elements and cleaning of purificators stained with wine) as well as liturgical innovations (e.g. Bluegrass Eucharist, Hip Hop services of the Word, a baseball thanksgiving service) to illustrate effectively his call for mutual respect and forbearance as the community implements its five-point statement of purpose for chapel worship (p. 122).
Tanner, Mary. “Celebrating Edinburgh 1910: Reflections on Visible unity.” Theology 63 (November/December 2010): 403-410.
The veteran Anglican ecumenist uses the centenary celebration of Edinburgh 1910 as a springboard to answer the questions “Where are we?” and “Where might we go?”, and calls upon the churches to use the study process around the WCC Faith and Order documents such as Called to be the One Church and the Nature and Mission of the Churchas a “metanarrative that might open new possibilities” (409).
Tveit, Olav Fykse. “The Ecumenical Movement as a Movement that Cares for Creation.” The Ecumenical Review 62:2 (July 2010): 137-140.
In this presentation given at a seminar in Copenhagen in December 2009, the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches calls upon the churches to pray, work, see, and witness together in response to the needs of creation in the face of climate change.
“Unity in Mission Faith and Order Study Group” Essays. Journal of Ecumenical Studies 45:2 (Spring 2010 issue). A collection of papers from the National Council of Churches of Christ Faith and Order Study Group on Unity in Mission:
- Mitzi J. Budde and Don Thorsen, “Introduction: Unity in Mission,” 178-182.
- John T. Ford, “Unity and Mission: A Pilgrimage of Accompaniment,” 187-200.
- Matthew D. Lundberg, “Repentance as a Paradigm for Christian Mission,” 201-217.
- Mitzi J. Budde, “The Marks as Signposts of the Journey to Unity in Mission,” 218-226.
- Antonios Kireopoulos, “The Role of Ecumenical Charity in Christian Mission,” 227-233.
- Susan E. Davies, “Relational Unity in Mission: Reflecting God’s Life,” 234-244.
- Anton C. Vrame, “Transforming a Nation through Mission: A Case Study on the Church in Albania,” 245-248.
USCCB and Four Protestant Communities. “Common Agreement on Mutual Recognition of Baptism.”Origins 40:25 (November 25, 2010): 390.
The text of the agreement between the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Christian Reformed Church in North America, the Presbyterian Church USA, the Reformed Church in America and the United Church of Christ, that baptism performed with the traditional Trinitarian formula and with water will be mutually recognized. This has been affirmed by the USCCB and the PCUSA; the other three bodies will consider the agreement later this year.
USCCB. “Reception Statement for Common Agreement on Mutual Recognition of Baptism.” Origins 40:25 (November 25, 2010): 391-2.
Wells, Christopher. “Canterbury’s Ecumenical Catechesis.” The Living Church 242:2 (January 16, 2011): 12. A one-page summary of the key points made by the Archbishop of Canterbury in his lecture at the Vatican’s Commemoration of the 50 th anniversary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity on November 17, 2010. The full text of the lecture is online at http://bit.ly/Rowan50th
Wainwright, Geoffrey. “Harvesting the Fruits: A First Methodist Response.” Ecclesiology 6 (2010): 143-147.
In this published version of a paper given at the “Harvesting the Fruits” Symposium in February 2010, the veteran Methodist ecumenist proposes a practical four-fold methodology for official reception at the highest level of bilateral dialogue results: affirming ecumenical statements of consensus, recognizing and working to strengthen areas of convergence, stating areas in need of further work toward resolution, and identifying places of ongoing divergence.
Wicks, Jared. “Harvesting the Fruits: Taking Stock of Catholic-Reformation Dialogues and Charting New Directions.” Ecumenical Trends 39:10 (November 2010): 149-152.
This article summarizes the context and text of Walter Kasper’s book, Harvesting the Fruits, and responses to it since its publication in late 2009.
Williams, Rowan. “The Church as Sacrament.” International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church10:1 (February 2010): 6-12.
The Archbishop of Canterbury presented this paper to the Consultation on Orthodox Ecclesiology at Windsor Castle in December 2009. In it, he explicates a theology of the church: “The Church lives sacramentally when it is aware of itself not only in the actions of prayer and feeding which express its deepest character but when it is capable of seeing itself truthfully and renewing its ways of describing itself in the light of Christ” (p. 12).
“The Winds of Crete: The Work of Faith and Order, Reflections from Younger Theologians.” Theme issue ofThe Ecumenical Review 62:3 (October 2010):
- Mary Tanner and Aikaterini Pekridou, “Guest Editorial”: 243-251.
- Lucy Wambui Waweru and Dissi Muanika Obanda, “The Winds of Crete”: 252-253.
- Aidaterini Pekridou, “The Plenary Discussion on the Ecclesiology Study of Faith and Order, The Nature and Mission of the Church: The Meeting and its Process”: 254-269.
- James Hawkey, “Excavating Apostolicity: Christian Communities and Secular Cultures”: 270-281.
- Neal D. Presa, “Take, Bless, Break, Give: Reflections from a Reformed Perspective on ‘Why the Church?’”: 282-288.
- Aimee Moiso, “Getting Personal”: 289-295.
- Giorgos Vlantis, “The Apophatic Understanding of the Church and Ecumenical Dialogue”: 296-301.
- Augustinos Bairactaris, “Ecumenical Dialogue: A Necessity of our Era and the Inner Source of the Renewal”: 302-307.
- Sara Gehlin, “Quest for Unity, Quest for Diversity: Ecumenical Challenges in a Time of Globalization”: 308-316.
“The Winds of Crete: The Work of Faith and Order, Reflections from Younger Theologians [Part 2].” Theme issue of The Ecumenical Review 62:4 (December 2010):
- Tink Tinker, “Towards an American Indian Indigenous Theology”: 340-351.
- Eleazar López Hernández, “Indigenous Theology in its Latin American Setting”: 352-360.
- Dina Ludeňa Cebrián, “The Sources and Resources of our Indigenous Theology”: 361-270.
- Ferdinand Anno, “Indigenous Theology: Sources and Resources Perspectives from the Philippines”: 371-378.
- Jorunn Jernsletten, “Resources for Indigenous Theology from a Sami Perspective”: 379-389.
- Evelyn Parkin, “The Sources and Resources of Our Indigenous Theology: An Australian Aboriginal Perspective”: 390-398.
- Atola Longkumer, “Not All is Well in my Ancestors’ Home: An Indigenous Theology of Internal Critique”: 399-410.
- Marilú Rojas Salazar, “Experiences and Reflections on a Latin American Feminist Theology of Liberation Using an Ecofeminist Key Towards an Indigenous Women’s Perspective”: 411-422.
New Journal Articles of Note on Ecumenism: Year 2009
Aguado, Maria Aránzazu. “Transformative Spirituality and Mission: An Ecumenical Project.” International Review of Mission 98:2 (November 2009): 218-231.
This is an overview of the work to date of a 2008-2010 World Council of Churches’ study on spirituality, positioning it as the central new vision of the ecumenical movement and exploring issues and methodologies. “As the Edinburgh World Missionary Conference in 1910 inspired the birth of the modern ecumenical movement, we aim to envision a new ecumenism by bringing transformative spirituality and mission to the heart of the ecumenical movement in the new century” (p. 219).
strong>Alfeyev, Hilarion. “The Orthodox Understanding of Primacy and Catholicity.” Sobornost 31:1 (2009): 6-17.
This is the Orthodox paper on primacy presented at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary’s Fellowship Conference by the Head of the Department of External Affairs of the Russian Orthodox Church and Archbishop of Volokolamsk. It analyzes the Orthodox history and theology of the primacy of the bishop, contrasts it to Roman Catholic usage, challenges the concept of infallibility, and proposes a framework for acknowledgement of a “primacy of honour” of the Bishop of Rome by Orthodoxy. This acknowledgement would necessarily be predicated upon resolution of intra-Orthodox disagreements on primacy and upon the “restoration of the unity of faith, the unity of the dogmatic tradition of the ancient undivided Church.”
Benedict XVI. “Anglicanorum Coetibus: Apostolic Constitution on new Structures for Welcoming Former Anglicans into Catholic Church.” Origins 39:24 (November 19, 2009): 387-390; Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
“A Bibliography of Interchurch and Interconfessional Theological Dialogues, Twenty-Fourth Supplement, 2009.” Bulletin, Centro Pro Unione No. 75 (Spring 2009): 25-41.
This is the 24 th installment of a comprehensive bibliography of international and national bilateral and multilateral dialogues, coded by confessional families, churches and councils. Each section includes information about the dialogues, texts and papers of the dialogues, and reflections and reactions.
“Bilateral Dialogues – Yesterday and Today,” theme issue of Ecumenical Review 61:3 (October 2009).Updates on the state of the search for full visible unity as of 2009 in various denominational traditions through their various bilateral dialogues.
- Henn, William. “The Vision of Unity Today: A Catholic Perspective,” 260-278.
- Birmele, Andre. “The Reformation Churches and their Ecumenical Task Today,” 279-288.
- Jones, Sarah Rowland. “Anglicans and Ecumenism,” 289-303.
- Callam, Neville. “Baptists and Church Unity,” 304-314.
- Alemezian, Nareg. “The Oriental Orthodox Family of Churches in Ecumenical Dialogue,” 315-327.
- Mateus, Odair Pedroso. “Not without the World Council of Churches: A Contribution to the History of Catholic-Reformed International Bilateral Dialogue,” 328-342.
Bordeianu, Radu. “Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue: Retrieving Eucharistic Ecclesiology.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 44:2 (Spring 2009): 239-265.
The author, a Greek Orthodox theologian from Duquesne University , analyzes the various ecclesiological and ecumenical perspectives of Nicolas Afanassieff, John Zizioulas, and Dumitru Staniloae, seeks to retrieve eucharistic ecclesiology and incorporate it with aspects of communion ecclesiology, and proposes four elements for an integrated communion ecclesiology: “doctrinal unity, episcopal communion, love, and eucharistic/sacramental communion.”
Borschel, Audrey. “An Ecumenical Comparison of Niemoller’s Maundy Thursday Sermon, 1945, and Rahner’s Holy Thursday Homily, 1976.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 44:4 (Fall 2009): 541-562.
A Disciples of Christ minister compares and contrasts the Eucharistic themes of Maundy Thursday sermons of two prominent theologian/ecumenists. Despite the fact that the sermons were authored thirty years apart and in quite different circumstances, she finds commonality in theological themes that transcend denominationalism: the one-time sacrifice of Christ proffering forgiveness and redemption for believers and Christ’s presence in both the elements of the Eucharist and in the gathered community.
“Celebrating the Memory, Fr. Alexander Schmemann 1921-1983,” theme issue of St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 53, nos. 2-3 (2009). From two international conferences on the legacy of the great Orthodox liturgical theologian, four of the papers have a particularly ecumenical perspective:
- Taft, Robert F. “The Liturgical Enterprise Twenty-Five Years After Alexander Schmemann (1921-1983): The Man and His Heritage,” pp. 139-178.
- Fagerberg, David W. “The Cost of Understanding Schmemann in the West,” pp. 179-208.
- Aune, Michael B. “The Current State of Liturgical Theology: A Plurality of Particularities,” pp. 209-230.
- Spinks, Bryan D. “From Liturgical Theology to Liturgical Theologies: Schmemann’s Legacy in Western Churches,” pp. 231-250.
Clayton, Paul B., Jr. “Sacramentum Caritatis: On the Eucharist as the Source and Summit of the Church’s Life and Mission : An Anglican Review.” Ecumenical Trends 38:4 (April 2009): 49-56.
An Anglican ecumenist summarizes Pope Benedict XVI’s statement on the Eucharist and offers an Anglican perspective on it, heartily endorsing its central assertion that Christians are transformed by participation in the sacrament, yet also critiquing the tone which he characterizes as a “conservative, almost longing looking back to pre-Vatican II Roman Catholicism” (p. 56).
Clements, Keith. “Barmen and the Ecumenical Movement.” The Ecumenical Review 61:1 (March 2009): 6-16.
The first article in a theme issue on the significance of Barmen for today, in the 75 th anniversary year of the declaration, analyses the differing responses of Life and Work, Faith and Order, and the World Student Movement to the Confessing Church and its declaration in its time.
“Complementary Norms for the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus.”Origins 39:24 (November 19, 2009): 390-392; Father Ghirlanda,
Creemers, Jelle. “Time will Teach us…Reflections on Thirty-Five Years of Pentecostal-Roman Catholic Dialogue.” Ecclesiology 5 (2009): 322-344.
Summarizes the history of the five phases of the dialogue to date, with a focus on the choices made in each phase, and asserts that progress can and will be made when the path of theological ecumenical dialogue follows spiritual ecumenism.
Gros, Jeffrey. “Ecumenical Challenge in the African American Pentecostal Community.” Ecumenical Trends38:11 (December 2009): 161-165.
A prominent Roman Catholic professor of ecumenism “summarizes Pentecostal ecumenical involvement, provides some background on the Church of God in Christ, and lays out challenges for those serving Christ’s reconciliation among his followers including African American Pentecostals.” He proposes that the road of spiritual ecumenism and healing of memories will be important approaches for ecumenical advancement together.
Jillions, John A. “Three Orthodox Models of Christian Unity: Traditionalist, Mainstream, Prophetic.”International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church 9:4 (November 2009): 295-311.
The author argues that the Orthodox tradition does not have a single unified approach to ecumenism as its Guidelinesdocument would indicate, but rather three distinct and differing approaches. He describes the “mainstream” approach, derived from Georges Florovsky’s theology, as “respectful dialogue and collaboration” yet still seeking unity by means of “restoration of Christian unity through incorporation of the heterodox into the fullness of the Orthodox Church.” The “traditionalist” approach is characterizes as a return or restoration attitude with the Orthodox tradition believed to be the one true church and the ecumenical movement rejected. The ecumenical contributions of twentieth-century Orthodox theologians Sergius Bulgakov, Nicholas Afanasiev, Anton Kartashev, and Nicholas Zernov are described as providing an alternate, more open basis for a “prophetic” approach to ecumenism for today.
Evangelicals and Catholics Together. “Do Whatever He Tells You: The Blessed Virgin Mary in Christian Faith and Life: A Statement of Evangelicals and Catholics Together.” First Things 197 (November 2009): 49-58. The seventh joint statement of this unofficial dialogue group affirms Mary as the virgin mother of Jesus and theotokos, calls evangelicals to re-claim “a biblically precise, theologically robust love and honor of Mary,” addresses ongoing differences on the Marian doctrines of perpetual virginity, immaculate conception, the bodily assumption, and invocation of Mary, and calls for joint “rediscovery of the Mary of the Bible.”
Gregory, Wilton D. “10 th Anniversary of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.” Origins39:19 (October 15, 2009): 310-312. This is the homily that Archbishop Gregory preached for the U.S. Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation’s 10 th anniversary commemoration of the Joint Declaration in Chicago on October 1, 2009, in which he recommended that future work together include joint “study of the foundations of moral discernment in our respective traditions,” joint ecumenical projects, and “prayer and more prayer and more prayer.”
Gros, Jeffrey. “Rereading Paul Together.” Ecumenical Trends 38:9 (October 2009): 129-133. The veteran Roman Catholic ecumenist proposes that a renewal of biblical devotion, a enriched understanding of Paul’s teachings on salvation through the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, and a common faith in biblical teachings on eternal life are ecumenical accomplishments that can lead divided Christians to deeper biblical literacy and mutual respect and advance the ecumenical agenda.
Harmon, Steven R. “Ecumenical Theology and/as Systematic Theology.” Ecumenical Trends 38:9 (October 2009): 134-137. A Baptist professor at Beeson Divinity School regards ecumenical dialogue results as a form of constructive theology and proposes a deeper integration of ecumenical accords into theological education through systematic theology courses.
Harmon, Steven R. “Scripture in the Life of the Baptist Churches: Openings for a Differentiated Catholic-Baptist Consensus on Sacred Scripture.” Pro Ecclesia 18:2 (Spring 2009): 187-215.
Describes the function of Scripture in worship, catechesis, and confessions of Baptist churches and engages Vatican documents to identify eight areas of differentiated consensus that reflect convergence in Roman Catholic and Baptist understandings of Scripture.
Johnstone, Carlton . “Understanding the Practice of ‘Church Two-Timing.’” International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church 9 (February 2009): 17-31.
The article explores why some people choose regularly to attend churches of two different denominations. Through a series of interviews with 50 young adults, the author concludes that these folk are generally integrated into the community life and more emotionally engaged with the “primary” church and generally limit their involvement with a “secondary” church to worship attendance. He offers encouragement to churches to provide space for the “two-timer” and to welcome them as long-term guests.
Kinnamon, Michael. “Celebrating Our History as a Movement for Unity: 25 th Peter Ainslie Lecture on Christian Unity.” Call to Unity 10 (October 2009): 1-4. The Executive Director of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA reflects on the centrality of a passion for unity both in the NCCC and in the Disciples of Christ as a “community of distinctive purpose within the church catholic” (p. 3).
Kinnamon, Michael. “On Being Hopeful Realists.” Ecumenical Trends 38:7 (July/August 2009): 107-108, 111.
This address of the General Secretary of the National Council of Churches discusses the balance of decision and risk, dialogue and outreach needed in order to accomplish effective ecumenical advocacy work.
Lincoln, Andrew T. “Communion: Some Pauline Foundations.” Ecclesiology 5:2 (2009): 135-160.
Lincoln analyzes the biblical foundation of the ecumenical language of communion/koinonia, especially in the Pauline epistles. Paul Avis’ editorial calls this article “a challenge to communion ecclesiology.”
North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation. “Response to the Ravenna Document.”Origins 39:23 (November 12, 2009): 379-382. The North American dialogue group’s response to the 2007 international Orthodox-Catholic statement on conciliarity, identifying key ecclesiological questions still unanswered in regard to the ecclesiology of the local parish, episcopal conferences, and universal primacy.
“One Church of Christ for the Sake of the World,” papers from the 2008 North American Academy of Ecumenists meeting. Journal of Ecumenical Studies 44, no. 3 (Summer 2009): 333-382.
- Fuchs, Lorelei F. “ One Church of Christ for the Sake of the World: Introduction,” pp. 333-337.
- Kinnamon, Michael. “Ecumenical Ecclesiology: One Church of Christ for the Sake of the World,” pp. 341-351.
- Bouteneff, Peter C. “Ecumenical Ecclesiology and the Language of Unity,” pp. 352-360.
- Peterson, Cheryl. “Response to Michael Kinnamon and Peter Bouteneff,” pp. 361-366.
- Gros, Jeffrey. “The Ecumenical Calling of the Academic Theologian to Spiritual Pilgrimage in Service of Gospel Unity,” pp. 367-382.
Radano, John A. “Ecumenical Dialogue in the 21 st Century, Some Steps Forward, and Some Continuing Concerns: A Catholic Perspective.” Ecumenical Trends 38:10 (November, 2009): 145-153.
A rich overview of the accomplishments of the ecumenical movement, highlighting ten achievements since 2000 (such as JDDJ, BEM, the Ravenna text, and the Global Christian Forum). Particularly interesting is his report on the Harvest Project, a forthcoming publication of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity analyzing all the dialogue reports between Roman Catholics and Lutheran World Federation, World Methodist Council, World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the Anglican Communion on the topics of fundamentals of faith, salvation, the Church, and sacraments, in order to discover common ground and determine future directions.
Reath, Mary. “Toward a Reformed Ecumenical Movement.” The Living Church 238:21 (May 24, 2009): 12-13.
A member of the U.S. Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue team encourages the search for unity in diversity, challenges the churches to learn from one another and study agreed statements, and calls for a focus on educational ecumenism and ecclesial learning. She calls for the establishment of an “Ecumenical Hall of Fame” and an emphasis on building ecumenical friendships at the local level.
Roberson, Ronald G. “The Papacy in Ecumenical Discussion Today.” Origins 39:10 (July 30, 2009): 171-175.
The National Workshop on Christian Unity ( Phoenix , April 2009) paper presented by the Associate Director of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.
Schreck, Paul A. “New Maps for the Journey: Metaphoric Process in Ecumenical Theology.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 44:2 (Spring 2009): 159-179.
A Lutheran theologian describes the traditional bilateral dialogue process as an oppositional model and, using Luther and Rahner as examples, proposes in its place a metaphorical process model based on principles of speech-act theory.
“The Significance of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus.” Origins 39:24 (November 19, 2009): 392-395. The official text, implementation guidelines, and commentary on the papal invitation to disaffected Anglicans to join the Roman Catholic Church through the establishment of “personal ordinariates,” provision for Anglican liturgies, and the possibility of married Anglican clergy to be ordained as Catholic priests. Married bishops are explicitly excluded.
Smit, Peter-Ben. “Traditions in Dialogue: A Comparison of the Concept of Tradition in Old Catholic-Anglican, Orthodox-Anglican and Orthodox-Old Catholic Dialogue.” Ecclesiology 5:2 (2009): 212-236.
In this paper the example of a long-standing ecumenical triangle, Anglican-Orthodox-Old Catholic, will be used to illustrate the benefits of this ‘comparative ecumenical theology’ by studying the concept of Tradition as it has been treated in the Anglican-Orthodox and Old Catholic-Orthodox dialogues” (p. 212).
“Theological Education in Mission ” theme issue. International Review of Mission 98 (April 2009). Relevant articles include:
- Ortega, Ofelia. “Contextuality and Community: Challenges for Theological Education and Ecumenical Formation”
- Vassiliades, Petros. “Contextuality and Catholicity: The Task of Orthodox Theology in Ecumenical Theological Education”
- Raiser, Konrad. “The Future of Theological Education in Central and Eastern Europe : Challenges for Ecumenical Learning in the 21 st Century”
- Longchar, Wati. “Beyond Four-Walled Campuses: Models of Ecumenical Theological Education in Interfaith Issues in India ”
- Wilson, Henry S. “Theological Reconstruction in China : Ecumenical Accompaniment in the Self-Theologizing Effort in Theological Education”
- Werner, Dietrich. “Magna Charta on Ecumenical Formation in Theological Education in the 21 st Century – 10 Key Convictions”
Snell, Patricia, Christian Smith, Carlos Taveres, and Kari Christoffersen. “Denominational Differences in Congregation Youth Ministry Programs and Evidence of Systematic Non-Response Biases.” Review of Religious Research 51 no. 1 (September 2009): 21-38.
Four Notre Dame researchers investigated the youth ministry programs of all congregations in a particular urban area in Indiana by surveying 272 parishes and interviewing 42 youth ministers to identify differences in how youth groups are conducted. How and whether Bible study was provided was the most significant denominational difference found.
Thomas, John H. “Polar Star or Shooting Star: Ecumenism’s Challenge Today: Tenth Joe A. and Nancy Vaughn Stalcup Lecture on Christian Unity.” Call to Unity 10 (October 2009): 19-24.
The General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ warns compellingly of the dangers of an ecumenism based on shared friendship, which he compares to a shooting star, and reminds us that the polar star of unity is Christ’s designation of all Christians as friends in Christ, friends not chosen, but given.
Williams, Rowan. “The Ecumenical Glass is Genuinely Half-Full.” Origins 39:27 (December 10, 2009): 444-449. The Archbishop of Canterbury gave this address on November 19 in Rome at the Gregorian University in which he reviews the agreements reached in Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue and raises questions about “the character of the unfinished business between us,” particularly on the topics of authority in the church, papal primacy, and levels of decision-making in the church on issues such as the ordination of women.
Wood, Susan. “What Makes the Church One?: A Roman Catholic Perspective. Ecumenical Trends 38:5 (May 2009): 73-79.
“The unity of the church consists in this mutual interpenetration of ecclesial structures which is soteriological, sacramental, and ministerial…A shared profession of faith, celebration of sacraments, and apostolic ministry remain as essential for ecclesial unity now as they did in Bellarmine’s time…” (p. 78).
Young, Norman. “The Scope of Salvation: A Wesleyan Reflection Prompted by the Joint Declaration on Justification.” One in Christ 43 no. 1 (Summer 2009): 122-133.
The author, a twenty-year veteran of the Roman Catholic-Methodist dialogue team, analyses the Methodist rejection of predestination in light of the JDDJ and proposes a reworded theological formula that he believes might be acceptable to all: “without the church there is no salvation.”
New Journal Articles of Note on Ecumenism: Year 2008
Benedict XVI, Pope. “Ecumenical Service.” Origins 37 (May 1, 2008): 751-753. The text of the pope’s remarks at the ecumenical prayer service held in New York City on April 18 with 250 Christian leaders, including “May the word of God we have heard this evening inflame our hearts with hope on the path to unity.”
Blezard, Robert C. “Toward Christian Unity: Study Guide.” The Lutheran 21 (December 2008): 20.
A brief 5-part congregational study guide on ecumenism from a Lutheran perspective. Each session includes an ecumenical topic, a reading assignment and a set of discussion questions.
Bolognesi, Pietro. “A History of the Relationship of the Evangelical Alliance with the Roman Catholic Church.” Evangelical Review of Theology 32:3 (2008): 210-223.
Reviews and analyzes the history of the dialogue between the Evangelical Alliance and Roman Catholics since Vatican II and challenges the EA to develop a theological approach in order to have a common methodology for dialogue with Rome .
Bouwen, Frans. “The Official Dialogue Between the Catholic Church and the Coptic Orthodox Church: 1973-1992.” One in Christ 42 (Summer 2008): 75-98.
Carter, David. “Catholic-Methodist Dialogue: Promise, Hope and Caution.” One in Christ 42 (Summer 2008): 148-170.
A British Methodist summarizes Methodist reception and caution around the ministry issues of the 2006 Catholic-Methodist document, The Grace Given You in Christ and posits that the Methodist Church might be ready to accept a differentiated consensus around episcopacy.
Cadge, Wendy, Laura R. Olson, and Christopher Wildeman. “How Denominational Resources Influence Debate about Homosexuality in Mainline Protestant Congregations.” Sociology of Religion 69 (Summer 2008): 187-207. The authors conducted telephone interviews with the clergy of 30 congregations ( Evangelical Lutheran Church in America , Presbyterian Church USA and United Methodist) in one northeastern U.S. city to assess how the congregations addressed the issue of homosexuality and what resources were provided by the denominations for congregational study of the issue. Findings indicated that the parishes responses to the issue were influenced by the denomination’s materials and recommended process.
Craddock, Fred. “Othering.” Restoration Quarterly 50 (Second Quarter 2008): 121-125.
An ecumenical sermon on the Christian call to be in relationship with people different from ourselves, preached by Craddock at Hazelip School of Theology, Lipscomb University. “Is kindness to be done because we are children of God who are gracious people in circumstances complex amidst people with whom we don’t agree, whom we abhor in all kinds of conditions? Relationships at best are hard and difficult but never so much as to give us any excuse for being other than gracious.”
Daniels, Harold M. “Lutherans and Reformed Living Together in Full Communion: Ten Years.” Call to Worship 42:1 (2008-2009): 1-8. Describes the history of the American Lutheran-Reformed relationship and concrete ways in which the first decade of full communion has been lived out at the national level, mid-level judicatories, seminaries, and congregations.
Davey, Colin. “Orthodox-Roman Catholic Dialogue: The Ravenna Agreed Statement,” Sobornost 30:2 (2008): 7-36.
A close reading and analysis of the 2007 Orthodox-Roman Catholic Ravenna Agreed Statement from the Anglican secretary to the first Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission and the Anglican/Orthodox Joint Doctrinal Discussions, who compares Ravenna’s theological assertions to the statements from those ecumenical dialogues.
Davies, Susan E. “Christian Unity in the Face of God.” Ecumenical Trends 37:3 (2008): 33-36.
The author, co-chair of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Faith and Order Commission, reflects on the connections between ecumenism and work for justice.
DelMonico, Marc J. “Their Message Goes Forth to All the Earth: Towards a Franciscan-Ecumenical Approach to the Ecological Crisis.” Ecumenical Trends 37:10 (November 2008): 147-153, 159.
The author, a Ph.D. student at Catholic University , explains how a Franciscan approach can inform an ecumenical approach to the current ecological crisis and suggests how this perspective can provide a useful response at the “personal-local” and “social-national-global” levels.
DeVille, Adam A.J. “Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Primacy: A Plea for a New Common Approach.”Ecumenical Trends 37 (April 2008): 5-7.
A review of the recent difficulties encountered in Orthodox-Catholic dialogue, particularly the inter-Orthodox disagreement over the role and authority of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, and a proposal for establishing a common method and a collaborative bilateral effort to address the issue of the primacy of Constantinople .
Dieter, Theodor. “Luther Research and Ecumenism.” Dialog 47 (Summer 2008): 157-166.
A German Lutheran theologian analyzes the differing methodologies of Luther research and ecumenical dialogue.
Djomhoue, Priscille. “Manifestations of Ecumenism in Africa Today: A Study of the Mainline and Pentecostal Churches in Cameroon.” International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church 8 (November 2008): 355-368.
A description of the Christian church in Cameroon as two types: mainline denominations established by missionary societies (Reformed, Lutheran, Anglican, Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian) and Pentecostal churches, and an exploration of ways in which they might deepen their ecumenical efforts in that African context.
Ecumenism 170 (Summer 2008): 8-27.
This issue includes a series of papers on the Eucharistic theology of various denominations from an ecumenical perspective:
- Emery, Gerald. “Holy Cène (Lord’s Supper): Practice and Significance in the Pentecostal Tradition”
- Fines, David. “Communion in the United Church”
- Gros, Jeffrey. “The Sacrament of Unity: The Eucharist in Catholic Piety”
- Harder, Helmut. “The Lord’s Supper as Understood by Mennonite Churches”
- Jones, William. “Baptists and the Lord’s Supper”
- Smart, Tim. “Called to Full Communion”
Eight Catholic and Protestant Bishops. “Ecumenical Statement on Immigration to the People of Kansas.”Origins 37 (April 10, 2008): 685-686.
Bishops from the Kansas judicatories of the Roman Catholic, United Methodist, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America , and Episcopal traditions call the people to work for “a humane resolution of the problem of illegal immigration.”
Epting, Christopher. “The Nature of the Unity we Seek.” Ecumenical Trends 37 (July/August 2008): 108-109.
The Episcopal Church’s Deputy for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations brings the lessons of the church’s 1979 Declaration on Unity to bear on current tensions within the Anglican Communion.
Fahey, Michael A. “Shifts in Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican and Protestant Ecclesiology from 1965 to 2006.” Ecclesiology 4 (2008): 134-147.
A Roman Catholic theologian attempts to present a “confessionally comprehensive survey” of shifts in ecclesiology over the past forty years. While a 13-page journal article cannot provide comprehensive coverage, the author offers a helpful summary of areas of consensus (e.g. the doctrine of the Trinity as starting point and the impact of the liturgical renewal movement) and identifies the “unfinished agendas” for ecclesiology (most importantly, integrating the results of ecumenical agreements into denominational ecclesiology).
Fosarelli, Patricia. “That All May Be One: A Tale of Three Churches.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 43:4 (Fall 2008): 537-544.
This practical article describes specific local ecumenical educational initiatives, joint worship services and cooperative events held between three local parishes (Episcopal, Roman Catholic, and Presbyterian) in downtown Baltimore , Maryland in recent years.
Francis, Leslie J. and Mandy Robbins. “The Relationship Between Denominational Affiliation and Spiritual Health Among Weekly Churchgoing 13- to 15-year-old Adolescents in England and Wales.” Journal of Education and Christian Belief 12:1 (2008): 21-39.
This study of 34,000 Anglican, Roman Catholic, Free Church, Pentecostal, and Jehovah’s Witness teenagers finds differences in spiritual health correlated to denominational identity, in ways congruent with denominational theological stance. Charts analyze the responses by denomination within four categories: personal domain, communal domain, environmental domain, and transcendental domain.
Gros, Jeffrey. “Fifty Years and Running: Oberlin 57, Back and Beyond.” One in Christ 42 (Summer 2008): 171-186.
One of the premier ecumenists of the century summarizes the 50-year history of the National Council of Churches Faith and Order movement in the U.S.A.
Gros, Jeffrey. “A People on Pilgrimage – In Christ’s Prayer.” Ecumenical Trends 37:11 (December 2008): 161-164, 175.
Brother Gros addresses “three dimensions of ecumenical prayer: 1) spiritual disposition, 2) types of ecumenical prayer, and 3) spiritual exercises serving ecumenical prayer.” This is a very important new contribution to the literature of spiritual ecumenism.
Gros, Jeffrey. “Struggle and Reconciliation: Some Reflections on Ecumenism in Chile.” International Review of Mission 97 (January/April 2008): 50-64.
An excellent overview of twentieth-century Christianity in Chile and 40 years of Catholic-Protestant (usually Pentecostal) ecumenical relations in that country.
Hein, David. “Radical Ecumenism: A Teaching Moment for Anglicanism.” Sewanee Theological Review 51 (Pentecost 2008): 314-328.
An Anglican author promotes an ecumenism of receptivity to the other, instead of an ecumenism that seeks formal agreements drawing upon Cardinal Avery Dulles’ recent work on alternative forms of ecumenism, the witness of modern-day Old Order Amish in forgiveness, and the historical example of Count Nicholas von Zinzendorf.
“His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, Visits Pope Benedict XVI and the Church of Rome.” SEIA Newsletter on the Eastern Churches and Ecumenism 152 (May 31, 2008): 1-4.
This article describes the visit of His Holiness Karekin II to Rome on May 6-9 and gives the texts of Pope Benedict’s welcoming remarks, the response from His Holiness Karekin II, Pope Benedict’s speech in the private audience with the Catholicos, and the speech of His Holiness Karekin II in response, all on the theme of spiritual ecumenism and prayer for unity, seeking together the particular guidance of the Holy Spirit for unity as each tradition celebrates the festival of Pentecost.
Holeton, David R. “Ecumenical Liturgical Consensus: A Bumpy Road to Christian Unity.” Studia Liturgica38 (2008): 1-16.
The Presidential Address for the 40 th anniversary conference of the Societas Liturgica surveys the twentieth-century developments toward a common lectionary, a common catechumenate, a common Eucharistic ordo, and common liturgical texts, and the challenges to that consensus posed now by the recent Church of England revision of the Lord’s Prayer text and the Roman Catholic changes to liturgical texts proposed by Liturgiam authenticam.
Kasper, Walter. “The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Origin and Continuing Inspiration of the Ecumenical Movement.” Centro Pro Unione Semi-Annual Bulletin 73 (Spring 2008): 15-20.
The President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity reflects on the history and legacy of the Week of Prayer and spiritual ecumenism for the 21st century. “The unity of the church is like an icon of the Trinity.”
Kinnamon, Michael. “Pray Without Ceasing.” Ecumenical Trends 37 (July/August 2008) 97-100.
The new General Secretary of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA ’s keynote address from the 2008 National Workshop on Christian Unity in which he seeks to bring together Faith and Order and Life and Work concerns into a unified ecumenism grounded in prayer for unity.
Knieps-Port le Roi, Thomas. “Being One at Home: Interchurch Families as Domestic Church.” One in Christ42:2 (Winter 2008): 341-359.
This paper, originally presented at the British Association of Interchurch Families 40 th anniversary conference in August 2008, explores the history and theology of the “domestic church” concept and then analyzes the theological and sociological potentialities of considering interchurch families an expression of this concept.
Lancaster, Sarah Heaner. “Baptism and Justification: A Methodist Understanding.” Ecclesiology 4 (2008): 289-307.
In response to the World Methodist Council’s vote to sign on to the Roman Catholic-Lutheran Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, a Methodist theologian explains John Wesley’s teachings on justification and baptism and what those teachings can contribute to ecumenical dialogue: “we honor the meaning of baptism when we seek to express the dynamic work of God for our salvation in all its manifestations” (p. 307).
“Local and Universal Ecumenical Dialogue.” Theme issue of Exchange: Journal of Missiological and Ecumenical Research 37:4 (2008).
Most of this issue is devoted to analysis of and response to the 2003 Reformation-Catholic dialogue report from the Netherlands , “Local and Universal Ecumenical Dialogue.” The dialogue involved two Catholic groups (Roman Catholic and Old Catholic) and three Protestant groups (Netherlands Reformed Church, the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Kingdom of the Netherlands) which merged into the Protestant Church in the Netherlands while the dialogue was in progress. The English translation of the text is published here, along with responses from two Roman Catholic theologians, Jeffrey Gros and Peter de Meij, an Old Catholic theologian, Peter-Ben Smit, and two Reformed theologians, Allan Jansen and Henry Wilson.
“Making a Difference Together: Visions of the Ecumenical Future.” Theme issue of The Ecumenical Review60:3 (July 2008).
Although dated July, this issue of the journal of the World Council of Churches just arrived in December. It is a rich issue with four articles devoted to the question of the future of the ecumenical movement:
- Huliselan, Beril. “The Ecumenical Movement of the 21 st Century: Bringing Unity Down to Earth,” 213-221. A perspective from the Indonesian Christian Church.
- Waweru, Lucy Wambui. “Prospects for Ecumenism in the 21 st Century: Preparing for Tomorrow,” 222-238. The author is a Kenyan minister in the Presbyterian Church of East Africa.
- Rajkumar, Peniel Jesudason Rufus. “Making a Difference Together: Prospects for Ecumenism in the 21 st Century,” 239-353. The author writes from a Church of England perspective.
- Rimmer, Chad . “Prospects for Ecumenism in the 21 st Century: Towards an Ecumenical Theology of the Wilderness,” 254-270. An Evangelical Lutheran Church in America global mission staffer who lives and works in Copenhagen presents his perspective.
Murphy, Gannon. “Reformed Theosis?” Theology Today 65 (2008): 191-212.
In this article, a Reformed theologian finds common ground between the classical Reformed doctrine of “Christ in us” and the Orthodox theological concept of theosis. Drawing upon Reformed theologians Calvin, Kuyper, Watson, Strong, and Berkhof, patristic authors, and Orthodox theologian Timothy Ware, the author proposes a “reformed theosis” grounded in a biblical theology of the word.
National Association of Pastoral Musicians. “One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism…One Song.” Pastoral Music 33:2 (December 2008): 64.
A succinct summary of the ecumenical diversity and richness of worship music used in Christian churches today, presented in a one-page format for reproduction as a bulletin insert.
Nepi, Loredana, comp. “A Bibliography of Interchurch and Interconfessional Theological Dialogues: Twenty-third Supplement – 2008.” Centro Pro Unione Semi-Annual Bulletin 73 (Spring 2008): 21-45.
This is the 23 rd installment of a comprehensive bibliography of international and national bilateral and multilateral dialogues, coded by confessional families, churches and councils. Each section includes information about the dialogues, texts and papers of the dialogues, and reflections and reactions.
Neuhaus, Richard John. “Reconciling East and West.” First Things 188 (December 2008): 23-28.
One could consider this article a kind of a “state of the union” overview of the work towards Roman Catholic-Orthodox ecumenical accord, especially the dialogue around papal primacy. Neuhaus’ view is that “the only thing lacking for full communion with the Orthodox is full communion” (p. 27-28).
O’Gara, Margaret. “Ecumenical Dialogue: The Next Generation.” Origins 38 (July 31, 2008): 154-163.
A Canadian Roman Catholic theologian’s perspective on the future challenges for ecumenical relations, including the papacy, infallibility, The church’s authority, women’s ordination, ethics, and relations with non-Christian religions.
“Pentecostal Catholic Dialogue with a Methodist Twist!” Ecumenical Trends 37 (2008): 4-11. Three articles in this issue address the accomplishments, challenges and potential of these ecumenical relations:
- Campbell, Ted A. “Ecumenical Relations Between Catholic, Pentecostal, and Methodist Churches ”
- Coulter, Dale M. “Are We Kin? Reflections on the Dialogues Between Catholics, Methodists, and Pentecostals”
- Del Colle, Ralph. “Catholic-Methodist-Pentecostal: A Trialogue?”
Radano, John A. “The Catholic Church, Faith and Order, and BEM.” Centro Pro Unione Semi-Annual Bulletin 73 (Spring 2008): 3-14.
This paper summarizes the Catholic Church’s relationship with the World Council of Churches and the Faith and Order movement, addresses the Catholic Church’s official response to the Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry document of 1982, and summarizes how the convergence achieved in the BEM document will impact future ecumenical relations.
Radano, John A. “The Future of Our Journey: Issues Facing Ecumenism.” Ecumenical Trends 37 (May 2008): 4-10.
This is the published text of the paper on the future of ecumenism that Monsignor Radano presented at the 50 th anniversary NCCC Faith and Order Conference in Oberlin in summer 2007.
Ryan, Thomas. “The Evolving Face of Ecumenism.” One in Christ 42 (Summer 2008): 139-147.
A description of monasticism as “ecumenical terrain” as experienced in Focolare, Taize, Syndesmos, L’Arche, and Bose.
Schlabach, Gerald W. “Catholic and Mennonite: A Journey of Healing.” One in Christ 42:2 (Winter 2008): 318-340.
A self-described “Mennonite Catholic” and director of BridgeFolk describes the vocation of those who live and work in ecumenical ministries using metaphors of bridging, healing, scarring, vision, and dialogue. A must-read for those contemplating long-term service in another tradition.
Schreck, Paul A. “Under One Christ: Implications of a Roman Catholic Recognition of the Confessio Augustana in C.E. 2017.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 43 (Winter 2008): 90-110.
A Lutheran proposes that the next step for Lutheran-Roman Catholic rapprochement after the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification ought to be a mutual acceptance of the Augsburg Confession as an authentic confession of the catholic faith.
Sheldrake, Philip. “A Spirituality of Reconciliation: Encouragement for Anglicans from a Roman Catholic Perspective.” Journal of Anglican Studies 6 (June 2008): 107-26.
A Roman Catholic professor of theology from the University of Durham, England offers insights on reconciliation and discernment from the Rule of St. Benedict and the Eucharist for the current conflicts in the Anglican Communion. “The Eucharist is the laboratory of reconciliation,” he writes.
Sisto, Walter Nunzio. “The Economic-Immanent Method: Implications of Karl Rahner’s Trinitarian Theology for the Contemporary North American Catholic-Orthodox Ecumenical Movement.” Ecumenical Trends 37 (July/August 2008): 104-107.
A Ph.D. student examines the impasse over the filioque clause between Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism and proposes Rahner’s theology of the immanent Trinity as a “bridge theology” that would allow for resolution of this issue.
Small, Joseph D. “Local Church – Universal Church.” Ecumenical Trends 37 (September 2008): 124-126.
This paper from the 2008 National Workshop on Christian Unity presents a Reformed perspective, in dialogue with Roman Catholic theology, on the ecumenical debates over definitions of church as local-universal and visible-invisible.
Small, Joseph D. “Praying for the Unity of the Church.” Ecumenical Trends 37 (June 2008): 1-5.
The Director of Theology, Worship and Education Ministries of the Presbyterians Church USA exegetes Jesus’ high priestly prayer in John 17 and asserts that “the basic form of prayer for the unity of the church is prayer of confession…we are all complicit in our disunity.”
Smit, Peter-Ben. “The Developing Understanding of Authority and Primacy in Anglican-Roman Catholic-Old Catholic dialogue after the Second Vatican Council.” International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church 8 (August 2008): 11-231.
The author, an Old Catholic priest who teaches at General Seminary (Episcopal), argues that Anglican, Roman Catholic and Old Catholic dialogue has made positive progress to the point of implementing a universal primacy acceptable to all three traditions.
Swarat, Uwe. “The Dialogues Between the European Baptist Federation and the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 43 (Summer 2008): 333-350.
A review of the history of dialogue between the churches of the Leuenberg Agreement (1973) with the European Baptist Federation and the developing convergence toward table and pulpit fellowship despite ongoing divergence over baptismal theology.
Tabbernee, William and Beverly Roberts Gaventa. “Interpreting the Scriptures Together: Seeking the Visible Unity of the Church.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 43 (Summer 2008): 295-308.
A proposal for developing a common ecumenical biblical hermeneutic as a foundation for ecumenical dialogue.
Tanner, Mary. “Growing Together in Unity and Mission: An Agreed Statement of the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission 2007.” One in Christ 42:2 (Winter 2008): 371-381.
This article was originally a presentation made to the Anglican bishops of Lambeth 2008 to summarize, study and receive the 2007 IARCUM agreed statement.
Temmerman, Ray. “Interchurch Families as Domestic Church: More Real than Imperfect? Ecumenism 171 (Fall 2008): 4-13.
The leader of the online Interchurch Families movement explores interchurch marriage as an expression of “domestic church” (ecclesia domestica), drawing upon the classic marks of the Church.
Tjorhom, Ola. “An ‘Ecumenical Winter’? Challenges in Contemporary Catholic Ecumenism.” The Heythrop Journal 49 (September 2008): 841-859.
A Roman Catholic ecumenist draws upon Vatican II’s Unitatis redintegratio to identify steps the Roman church might take to “rescue” the ecumenical movement: a sustainable spiritual ecumenism, intermediate steps towards Eucharistic fellowship, and appreciation for ecclesial diversity, leading to opportunities for a new ecumenical strategy of differentiated consensus and the quest for ecumenical reception.
Toussaint, Loren L. and David R. Williams. “National Survey Results for Protestant, Catholic, and Nonreligious Experiences of Seeking Forgiveness and of Forgiveness of Self, of Others, and by God.”Journal of Psychology & Christianity 27 (Summer 2008): 120-130.
This study of 1,087 Americans correlates attitudes towards forgiveness of others with religious commitment: moderate Protestants and Catholics ranked similarly, and higher in forgiveness, than those with no religious affiliation. Conservative Protestants ranked highest in seeking forgiveness of others. No difference was found between religious Christians and non-religious people in levels of forgiveness of self. Protestants and Catholics reported congruent levels of feeling forgiven by God, and at a higher level than those with no religious affiliation.
New Journal Articles of Note on Ecumenism: Year 2007
“Bishops as Ecumenical Leaders,” Catholic Theological Society of America Panel. Ecumenical Trends 36 (December 2007): 166-175.
- Skylstad, William S. “Our Common Reconciling Ministry,” 166-169.
- Anderson, H. George. “Bishops as Leaders in Ecumenical Dialogue,” 170-172.
- Brown, Tod D. “Bishops as Leaders in Ecumenical Dialogue: Reflections on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations,” 173, 175.
In this panel discussion from the Catholic Theological Society of America’s annual convention, Bp. Skylstad presents a Roman Catholic perspective and Bp. Anderson a Lutheran perspective, with response from Bp. Brown, a Roman Catholic.
Christian Orient: A Journal of Eastern Churches for Creative Theological Thinking 28 (December 2007).
This entire issue is dedicated to papers on ecumenism, including articles on an Indian perspective on future church, differing understandings of apostolic succession, and questions on ecumenism raised by modern philosophy.
Bush, John C. and Jeffrey R. Gros. “Journey in Faith: Forty Years of Reformed-Catholic Dialogue: 1965-2005.” The Ecumenical Review 59:2-3 (2007):293-314.
Clapsis, Emmanuel. “Towards a Mystical and Prophetic Spiritual Life.” The Ecumenical Review 59:2-3 (2007): 189-206.
A Greek Orthodox perspective on the elements of ecumenical spirituality: liturgy, community, tradition, love of God and neighbour, openness to the activity of the Holy Spirit, mysticism, and prophecy.
Crossin, John W. “What Does God Want Us to Do? A Meditation on Discernment.” Ecumenical Trends 36 (November 2007): 145-149.
The executive director of the Washington Theological Consortium elucidates spiritual ecumenism through the elements of spiritual discernment: prayer, humility, reconciliation and healing, spiritual friendships, and obedience.
Del Colle, Ralph. “Mary, the Unwelcome (?) Guest in Catholic/Pentecostal Dialogue.” Pneuma 29 (2007): 214-225.
Ferguson, Thomas. “Apostolicity, Apostolic Succession, and the Historic Episcopate: Reconciliation of Ministries in the Church of North India and Implications for the United Methodist-Episcopal Dialogue.” The Anglican 36 (July 2007): 15-26.
This paper, by the Associate Deputy of Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations for the Episcopal Church, explores potential learnings for current United Methodist-Episcopal dialogue from the Church of North India ’s experience with reconciliation of ministries.
Ford, John T. “Ecumenical Agreements: Material for a Retreat?” Ecumenical Trends 36 (October 2007): 129-133.
The ecumenical movement’s current expert in methodology (see following entry) suggests helpful approaches to the study of ecumenical documents in parish and seminary settings, as well as identifying some specific temptations that threaten effective reception of these documents.
Ford, John T. “Oberlin 2007: The Need for an Expanded Methodology?” Ecumenical Trends 36 (September 2007): 117-120.
Fr. Ford, professor in the School of Religious Studies at Catholic University of America, has used his vast ecumenical experience to develop a methodology for assessing the effectiveness of ecumenical conversation using the categories of “resonance” (agreement despite differing terminology), “dissonance” (disagreement masked by the use of similar terminology), and “nonsonance” (confusion resulting from the dual lacunae of understanding and of communication). This important article furthers Ford’s ecumenical nomenclature by adding a fourth category: “ordinance,” to describe receiving ecumenical agreements and incorporating them into the life of the church.
Journal of Ecumenical Studies 42 (Fall 2007).
This exceptionally useful issue is devoted to papers from the Oberlin II Conference celebrating 50 years of Faith and Order in the U.S. and papers from the 2005 and 2006 North American Academy of Ecumenists conferences. The general theme is “widening the circle of ecumenical conversation.” A veritable ecumenical feast!
Kasper, Walter. “The Current State of Ecumenical Dialogue.” Origins 37 (December 20, 2007): 450-454.
An address by the head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, in which he asserts that “Ecumenism is not an option but a holy obligation,” and analyzes three “fields of ecumenism”: Roman Catholic relations with the Orthodox, Reformation churches, and Pentecostal Christians.
Lewis, Dick. “The Dublin Conference: Aspects of Reconciliation.” The Window: The Anglican- Lutheran Society, Issue 84 (December 2007): 1.
The Anglican-Lutheran Society is an international ecumenical society dedicated to furthering relations worldwide between Anglicans and Lutherans. This issue of the journal reports on the biennial conference, held in Dublin in September 2007. This issue also includes Gillian Kingston’s presentation to the conference on “Ireland Today: An Introduction to Irish History and Culture.” The U.S. chapter is the International Lutheran-Episcopal Society , U.S. ; website:http://www.alsocietyusa.org/.
MacDonald, Timothy. “A History of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.” Ecumenical Trends 36 (September 2007): 113-116.
Root, Michael. “Bishops, Ministry, and the Unity of the Church in Ecumenical Dialogue: Deadlock, Breakthrough, or Both?” Catholic Theological Society of America Proceedings 62 (2007): 19-35.
The premier Lutheran ecumenist analyzes the current state of the question re Roman Catholic non-recognition of Lutheran episcopacy and proposes a “scalar” approach (recognition as “real but imperfect”) as a way forward.
Schattauer, Thomas H. “Liturgical Studies: Disciplines, Perspectives, Teaching.” International Journal of Practical Theology 11 (2007): 106-137.A comprehensive overview of the “landscape” of the liturgical movement: its history, theology, and pastoral aspects in conversation with six key scholars: Paul Bradshaw, Robert Taft, Gordon Lathrop, Geoffrey Wainwright, Mark Searle, and Lawrence Hoffman. The author’s integrative teaching approach, based on liturgy as “communal practice,” could be useful in many denominational contexts.
Tavard, George H. “A Theological Exploration of Ecumenical Hospitality.” The Ecumenical Review 59:2-3 (2007): 242-256. A preeminent Roman Catholic ecumenist uses hospitality as a “paradigm of our relationship with God” and thus with one another, through koinonia ecclesiology, for the sake of unity and reconciliation.
Voss, Klaus Peter. “Source of Renewal or Sign of Stagnation? A Brief Look at the Week of Prayer.” The Ecumenical Review 59:4 (2007): 423-429.
In an issue focused on the 100 th anniversary of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, a member of the international committee reflects on the impact of the Week of Prayer observance on the ecumenical movement and the life of the church.