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  • 2017 Books

    New Books of Note in Ecumenism as of June 2017

    Donald Bolen, Nicholas Jesson, and Donna Geernaert, SC, eds. Towards Unity: Ecumenical Dialogue 500 Years After the Reformation: Essays in Honour of Monsignor John A. Radano. New York/Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2017.

    This festschrift is a veritable “who’s who” of the present ecumenical movement. The essays include: Introduction  (Walter Kasper); “Reflections on the Pursuit of Christian Unity during my Years at the Pontifical Council” (Edward Idris Cassidy); “Artisans of Reconciliation” (Jeffrey Gros); “The Church: Towards a Common Vision: Ecumenical Breakthrough and Ecumenical Hope (Mary Tanner); “Synodality: When is it Necessary to Decide Together?” (James F. Puglisi); “The Wesley Brothers in Methodist-Catholic Dialogue” (Geoffrey Wainwright); “The History, Methodology, and Implications for Ecumenical Reception of The Apostolicity of the Church” (William G. Rusch); “Teaching Authority: Catholics, Disciples of Christ, and Lutherans” (Margaret O’Gara); “Reign of God, Koinonia, Church: An Emerging Consensus?” (Donna Geernaert); “Beyond ‘Confessionalism’: The Specificity and Challenge of Reformed Ecumenicity” (Odair Pedroso Mateus); “Mennonite Engagement in International Ecumenical Conversations: Experiences, Perspectives, and Guiding Principles” (Helmut Harder and Larry Miller); “Some Pentecostal Reflections on Current Catholic-Pentecostal Relations: What are We Learning?” (Cecil M. Robeck, Jr.); “From Isolation and Contrariety to Involvement and Consideration: An ‘Ecumenical’ Pilgrimage, An Existential Essay in tribute to a Friend” (Bert B. Beach); “An Evangelical Reading of Ut unum sint” (Henri A.G. Blocher); “Strengths and Weaknesses of the Ecumenical Movement” (William Henn); “The Unity We Seek: The Development of Concepts of Christian Unity in Faith and Order” (Günther Gassmann); “From Mutual Recognition to Mutual Accountability: A Next Step for the Ecumenical Movement” (Thomas F. Best); “A Pilgrimage towards Christian unity: A Baptist-Evangelical Discussion with the World Council of Churches” (Denton Lotz); “Breaking New Ground: The Global Christian Forum” (Huibert van Beek); “Postscript: Monsignor John Radano, The Person” (Anthony J. Farquhar).

    The Fruits of Grace: The Ecumenical Experience of the Community of Grandchamp, Sr. Minke de Vries, Translated with an Introduction by Nancy S. Gower, Foreword by Thomas F. Best, Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2017.

    The author, a Grandchamp sister and former prioress, traces the history, ministry, communal life, and spirituality of this ecumenical Protestant women’s monastic community in Switzerland. She wishes to share this story, she says, “with those whom God wishes to strengthen in their call to a living ecumenism” (p. 41).