Can a Renewal Movement Be Renewed?: Questions for the Future of Ecumenism

By Michael Kinnamon

There isn't any doubt that ecumenism occupies a admired position within the heritage of the church within the 20th century: numerous church buildings were renewed via stumble upon with Christian sisters and brothers in different confessions and cultures. however it isn't transparent that this ecumenical impulse will proceed to determine prominently within the church’s story.

during this e-book Michael Kinnamon argues that the ecumenical flow, which has given such power and path to the church, has to be reconceived in a manner that offers renewing energy for the church during this period — and he indicates how this may take place. He names the issues with ecumenism, identifies strengths and accomplishments upon which the church now can construct, and indicates useful, concrete steps we will take up the path of revitalization, specifically on the neighborhood level.

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This debate helped generate a brand new WCC learn application, this one known as “Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of construction” (JPIC), which sought to combine those subject matters extra totally and to inaugurate a strategy of covenant making among teams or church buildings suffering to achieve assorted priorities in several contexts. The time period “integrity of production” used to be intended to sign that nature/creation has a cost, an integrity, that comes from its foundation in God, no longer easily a application within the success of human aspirations. JPIC consultations rejected the language of “mastery” over production and redefined “stewardship” by way of team spirit with all creatures for whom the steward is in charge. The research culminated in an international convocation in Seoul (1990), the place delegates provided ten shared affirmations, together with one that affirms that production is cherished of God: “Because production is of God and the goodness of God permeates all construction, we carry all existence to be sacred. . . . we'll withstand the declare that something in production is purely a source for human exploitation. ”7 given that that point, the tasks have proliferated past effortless recounting. One precedence for the WCC and its member church buildings has been to make sure ecumenical Christian presence at significant foreign gatherings at the atmosphere, akin to the 1993 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. major management during this interval has been supplied by way of the Orthodox church buildings. In 1989, the Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I issued a patriarchal message calling for thanksgiving and supplications for all production to be provided each September 1, the 1st day of the Orthodox ecclesiastical 12 months. And his successor, Bartholomew, has been categorized the “Green Patriarch” due to his ecological activism. His insistence that destruction of our environment is not only folly yet sin has marked a huge step in Christian environmentalism. eight The NCC within the usa has had a powerful and revered Ecojustice operating staff considering that 1984; yet its paintings bought an important increase with the formation of the nationwide non secular Partnership for the surroundings in 1993. This investment coalition hyperlinks the NCC with Catholic, Jewish, and evangelical Protestant companions, supporting to elevate huge profit for them all. The operating staff, in general conversing, has interested in schooling as a manner of integrating ecojustice into congregational existence and delivering a foundation for public coverage advocacy. What We Now Agree On As I survey the earlier part century of ecumenical wondering creation/nature and the necessity for motion to maintain it, it sort of feels to me that the church buildings have more often than not affirmed the subsequent 5 ideas or issues. those could seem rather seen to readers immersed in ecological ministry, yet then shared affirmations frequently do. That itself is an indication of the way deeply ecological rules have penetrated the church buildings’ attention, and one other instance of theological convergence accomplished via ecumenical engagement. 1. the 1st precept is summarized in Psalm 24: “The earth is the Lord’s and all that's in it” (v.

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