Special Issue "Ecumenism and Ecclesiology: The Challenge of Unity and Difference"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 October 2018)
As Christianity moves into the third millennium, the contemporary ecumenical movement and its pursuit of unity is undoubtedly moving into a new context. The privileged paradigm of ecumenical encounter in the twentieth century, which emphasized bi-lateral and multi-lateral engagement between churches, appears to have lost its energy and the subsequent documents produced by these dialogues and meetings no longer garner the attention they once did. The ecumenical context of the twenty-first century challenges dialogue partners to not only make sense of other Christian churches, but also their own Christian identity in relation to their encounters with the ecumenical other. The shift towards reflecting on one’s own Christian identity in relation to the ecumenical other has led towards an emphasis on exploring the dialogic nature of the ecumenical movement. However, while there is a great deal of work that emphasizes and re-envisions the dialogic nature of the ecumenical movement, there is little that explicitly addresses and explores the relationship between ecclesiology and the ecumenical movement outside of comparative studies. Simply put, exploring the implications of ecumenical dialogue as a dialogue between communities for whom Christian identity is both formed and informed by particular ecclesiologies is noticeably absent.
This volume is animated by a fundamental question put forth by Michael Kinnamon, “Can the ecumenical movement, which gave such energy and direction to the church in the twentieth century, be reconceived in a way that provides renewing power for the church in this era?” In particular this volume aims to explore how the relationship between ecclesiology and the ecumenical movement presents both opportunities and challenges within the changing landscape of ecumenism. What is the relationship between ecumenism and ecclesiology? Can the ecumenical movement achieve its goal of unity amidst a diversity of ecclesiologies? Does ecumenical unity necessitate ecclesiological unity? Can there be an ecclesiology of ecumenism or is there only ecumenical ecclesiologies?
Prof. Dr. Eric S. Dart
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- Ecumenical Ecclesiology
- Unity and Diversity
- Ecumenical Movement
- church and churches