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

  • One striking reform of the Vatican Council's third session last fall was the decree on ecumenism that authorized Roman Catholics, under certain circumstances, to participate in .
  • 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.
  • In an age of ecumenism, it seemed a most reasonable proposition: that the Methodist Church of Great Britain, which began life as an 18th century reform movement within .
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  • 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 ...
    Nov. 4, 2013 - Worldwide Faith News

  • Rowan Williams in International Herald Tribune
    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...
  • Bernard Fellay in Guardian Unlimited
    Ecumenism, religious liberty and collegiality remain the points of contention over which we will not budge,Fellay wrote earlier this year.
  • Pope Benedict XVI in Washington Post
    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."

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