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  1. (n) a movement promoting union between religions (especially between Christian churches)
  2. (n) (Christianity) the doctrine of the ecumenical movement that promotes cooperation and better understanding among different religious denominations: aimed at universal Christian unity


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  1. At the national level, the spirit of ecumenism has produced plenty of talk about interfaith union, but much of the real action is now taking place at the grass roots.
  2. But ecumenism goes beyond a simple agreement to disagree in peace or even a commitment to look for areas of shared belief.


  • Assembly elects new WCC presidents

    [World Council of Churches] The 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches elected eight new presidents today during a closed session at its proceedings in Busan, Republic of Korea. According to the WCC constitution the role of the WCC presidents is to promote ecumenism and interpret the work of the WCC, especially in their respective regions. The presidents are ex-officio members of Central ...
    on November 4, 2013     Source: Worldwide Faith News

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  1. "He once proclaimed ecumenism 'a good cause to die for,' and was certainly deeply committed to finding consensus - not by coining a conveniently vague formula, but by a real excavation of common first principles," Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan...
    on Jun 20, 2008 By: Rowan Williams Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "Ecumenism, religious liberty and collegiality remain the points of contention over which we will not budge," Fellay wrote earlier this year.
    on Jul 5, 2007 By: Bernard Fellay Source: Guardian Unlimited

  3. "I am willing to do everything in my power to promote the fundamental cause of ecumenism," Benedict said Wednesday, "and am fully determined to accept every initiative that seems opportune to promote contact and understanding."
    on Apr 20, 2005 By: Pope Benedict XVI Source: Washington Post

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