Can a Renewal Movement Be Renewed

Author: Michael Kinnamon
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 1467440493
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There is no doubt that ecumenism occupies a prominent place in the history of the church in the twentieth century: countless churches have been renewed through encounter with Christian sisters and brothers in other confessions and cultures. But it is not clear that this ecumenical impulse will continue to figure prominently in the church’s story. In this book Michael Kinnamon argues that the ecumenical movement, which has given such energy and direction to the church, needs to be reconceived in a way that provides renewing power for the church in this era — and he shows how this might happen. He names the problems with ecumenism, identifies strengths and accomplishments upon which the church now can build, and suggests practical, concrete steps we can take in the direction of revitalization, especially at the local level.

World Christianity as Public Religion

Author: Raimundo Barreto
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 1506433723
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This volume stresses world Christianity as a form of public religion, identifying areas for intercultural engagement. Divided into five sections, each formed by two chapters, this volume covers themes such as the reimagination of theology, doctrine, and ecumenical dialogue in the context of world Christianity; Global South perspectives on pluralism and intercultural communication; how epistemological shifts promoted by liberation theology and its dialogue with cultural critical studies have impacted discourses on religion, ethics, and politics; conversations on gender and church from Brazilian and German perspectives; and intercultural proposals for a migratory epistemology that recenters the experience of migration as a primary location for meaning.

Unity as Prophetic Witness

Author: Michael Kinnamon
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 1506430198
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Visser 't Hooft and the Shaping of Ecumenical Theology Visser 't Hooft is, perhaps, the most distinguished figure in the modern ecumenical movement, emerging in the postwar decades as a pivotal figure. Under his leadership, the World Council of Churches was officially constituted in 1948 by 147 Protestant and Orthodox Catholic denominations, and the organization grew to include nearly 300 denominations in the following decades. Visser 't Hooft played a major role in the inclusion of churches from communist countries in the World Council, and he also sought to enlarge the role played by African, Asian, and Orthodox churches in the organization. He served as editor of the Ecumenical Review from 1948 to 1966. He was also the author of numerous books on the ecumenical movement and the nature and functions of the church.

Ecumenism in Retreat

Author: Martin Camroux
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1498234003
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In his enthronement sermon as archbishop of Canterbury in 1942 William Temple famously declared the ecumenical movement to be "the great new fact of our era." In this book Martin Camroux tries to face honestly how hope met reality. By the end of the century the enthusiasm had largely dissipated, the organizations that represented it were in decline, and organic unity looked further away than ever. One significant ecumenical merger took place in Britain--the creation in 1972 of the United Reformed Church, which saw its formation as a catalyst for ecumenical renewal. Its hopes, however, were largely illusory. With the failure of its ecumenical hope the church had little idea of its purpose, found great difficulty establishing an identity, and faced a catastrophic implosion in membership. This first serious study of the United Reformed Church also includes groundbreaking analysis of the unity process, the mixed fortunes of Local Ecumenical Projects and how the national ecumenical organizations withered. All of this is put in the wider context of religion in British society including secularization, individualism, and post-denominationalism. What failed was not ecumenism but a particular model of it and the book ends with a commitment to a renewed ecumenical hope.

Ecumenical Visions for the 21st Century

Author: Dietrich Werner
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ISBN: 9782825415986
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Book & CD-ROM. In an era when life itself is imperilled, Christians around the world are challenged to authentic witness to the God of life and to justice and peace. Ecumenical Visions, prepared as a core resource for theological reflection, equips Christians to discern and develop relevant and responsible insights in many arenas of Christian engagement. This anthology: Presents 44 key documents from the last two decades of ecumenical work, most in full texts; Illumines the changing face and features of world Christianity; Offers a particular focus on Asian Christianity and Christianity in Korea; Highlights important ecumenical convergences in Christian unity, mission, advocacy and service; Presents the latest and best ecumenical thinking about Christian engagement in issues of justice and peace, poverty, economy, education, gender, climate change, migration, HIV and AIDS, and inter-religious encounter; Includes a full bibliography and CD-ROM with 20 supplemental readings.

The Ecumenical Movement

Author: Michael Kinnamon
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 0802842631
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Included in this collection of documents from the twentieth-century ecumenical movement are passages from texts produced by assemblies, conferences, and studies of the World Council of Churches and similar bodies, covering three areas of historical concern within modern ecumenism: faith and order, life and work, and mission and evangelism.

The Vision of the Ecumenical Movement

Author: Michael K Kinnamon
Publisher: Chalice Press
ISBN: 9780827240063
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Michael Kinnamon offers a trenchant analysis and caring critique of the ecumenical movement. Up-to-date and well-informed, the fruit of long experience and driven by a deep concern for unity, this book challenges the churches to recover their authentic ecumenical vision. It is essential reading for anyone concerned for the ecumenical movement--and for the church itself--today.

What Christians Can Learn from Other Religions

Author: J. Philip Wogaman
Publisher: Presbyterian Publishing Corp
ISBN: 0664238378
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This book's ten easy-to-read chapters show readers what Christians can learn from different religions, achieving insight into love, sin, ritual, the importance of myth to convey truth, the foundational roots of Christianity, the dark side of Christian history and many other important ways to see and interpret the world and to understand God. Original.

From Times Square to Timbuktu

Author: Wesley Granberg-Michaelson
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 1467438952
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In the last century, amazingly, world Christianity's center of gravity has effectively moved from Europe to a point near Timbuktu in Africa. Never in the history of Christianity has there been such a rapid and dramatic shift in where Christians are located in the world. Wesley Granberg-Michaelson explores the consequences of this shift for congregations in North America, specifically for the efforts to build Christian unity in the face of new and challenging divisions. Centers of religious power, money, and theological capital remain entrenched in the global, secularized North while the Christian majority thrives and rapidly grows in the global South. World Christianity's most decisive twenty-first-century challenge, Granberg-Michaelson argues, is to build meaningful bridges between faithful churches in the global North and the spiritually exuberant churches of the global South. Watch the trailer: