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 (ĕk′yə-mĕn′ĭ-kəl) also ec·u·men·ic (-mĕn′ĭk)
1. Of worldwide scope or applicability; universal.
a. Of or relating to the worldwide Christian church.
b. Concerned with establishing or promoting unity among churches or religions.

[From Late Latin oecūmenicus, from Greek oikoumenikos, from (hē) oikoumenē (gē), (the) inhabited (world), feminine present passive participle of oikein, to inhabit, from oikos, house; see weik- in Indo-European roots.]

ec′u·men′i·cal n.
ec′u·men′i·cal·ism n.
ec′u·men′i·cal·ly adv.


adv (form)ökumenisch; (introducing a sentence) → vom ökumenischen Standpunkt aus
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Wickeri and Marina True's selection of "Feli's" articles and speeches captures very well my impression of him in several encounters: as a modest, pragmatic, deeply theological, and ecumenically and politically engaged personality.
That council, in part, was meant to modernize the Church, opening it up to the world through deeper dialogue and partnership, ecumenically in terms of other Christians, and those of other or no faiths.
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Themes that Kinnamon returns to often are the tension between "cheap unity" (59) and "passionate disagreement--without breaking fellowship" (61), the value of diversity (84), the need to actualize within the churches the substantive agreements already reached (44), the role of the laity and local congregations (154), the failure of evangelicals and postdenominational churches to engage ecumenically (129), the need for ecumenical formation (134), and the severe financial constraints facing ecumenical structures (126).
Rev Elisheva said: "We hope to get to know people in the villages and engage in village activities as well as taking services in the five churches and relating ecumenically to the other denominations in the villages.
What I wish to do here is to give my impressions of what might be called "creeping (or leaping) Protestantizing" in the One True Faith (or the more ecumenically correct "Fullness of the Faith").
The author's strongly voiced frustrations tend to be just, and his praise for liberal religious practice, if sometimes faint, makes the project ecumenically advantageous.
However, through Renate Wind's compassionate, truthful telling, we truly begin to know the woman who at the age of twelve in 1941 had nor vet felt the terrors of the War in the affluent suburbs of Cologne and who at seventy was celebrated ecumenically and globally as theologian, poet, and activist for peace and justice.
All of which is to say that coming together ecumenically (and I hope someday in an interfaith way) can be an important means of being faithful to our individual traditions as well as to the one Lord we all serve.