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 (ĕk′yə-mə-nĭz′əm, ĭ-kyo͞o′-)
1. A movement promoting unity among Christian churches or denominations.
2. A movement promoting worldwide unity among religions through greater cooperation and improved understanding.

ec′u·men′ist n.


(ɪˈkjuːməˌnɪzəm; ˈɛkjʊm-) ,




(Ecclesiastical Terms) the aim of unity among all Christian churches throughout the world


(ˈɛk yʊ məˌnɪz əm, ɪˈkyu-; esp. Brit. ˈi kyʊ-)

ecumenical principles and practices, esp. as manifested in a movement promoting cooperation and unity among religious groups.
ec′u•me•nist, n.

Ecumenism, Oecumenism

a movement within Christianity toward the recovery of unity among all Christians. — Ecumenicist, n.
See also: Christianity
the doctrines and practices of the ecumenical movement, especially among Protestant groups since the 1800s, aimed at developing worldwide Christian unity and church union. Also ecumenicalism, ecumenicism.
See also: Protestantism
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ecumenism - a movement promoting union between religions (especially between Christian churches)
social movement, movement, front - a group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goals; "he was a charter member of the movement"; "politicians have to respect a mass movement"; "he led the national liberation front"
2.ecumenism - (Christianity) the doctrine of the ecumenical movement that promotes cooperation and better understanding among different religious denominations: aimed at universal Christian unity
Christian religion, Christianity - a monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior
church doctrine, religious doctrine, creed, gospel - the written body of teachings of a religious group that are generally accepted by that group
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This also is the position of the Decree on Ecumenism of Vatican II.
This group is frequently described as the Vatican II Catholics, partly because they take more seriously the religious liberty of Protestants, Jews, and humanists, and partly because Vatican II seemed to promote ecumenism, including dialogue with and listening to those of other faiths.
Pope John Paul II went there anyway yesterday, promoting ecumenism, unity among Christians, hoping to find a place for Catholics in the Bible Belt.
Jehle-Wildberger paints the portrait of Adolph Keller as a pivotal figure in early twentieth-century ecumenism, an ecumenism that would pave the way for the World Council of Churches work of Potter.
Our hope and dream in GETI was not only for an event in Korea (as significant as that was) but rather that this event will plant the seed for "the future of ecumenism and the transformation of world Christianity in the 21st century" (as we subtitled the GETI).
Jared Wicks in "'Lutheran-Roman Catholic World-Level Dialogue" underscores four major achievements in the ecumenical movement: (1) the faith affirmation of the World Council of Churches (1948, 1961); (2) Vatican II's Decree on Ecumenism, Unitatis redintegratio (1964): the WCC Commission on Faith and Order document, Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry (1982); and finally the breakthrough Lutheran-Catholic Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (1999).
Thus, the experience of ecumenical cooperation preceded the actual Decree on Ecumenism, Unitatis Redintegratio.
The Global Digital Library on Theology and Ecumenism, a multilingual online resource, provides access to more than 200,000 texts and academic documents, with a special focus on intercultural theology and ecumenism, including contextual theologies, world mission and missiology, gender and theology, interreligious dialogue, theological education, and world Christianity.
Many churches are internally divided and this is an acid test for ecumenism.
Archbishop Williams praised the Pope's ecumenical commitment: "I have been heartened by the way in which from the very beginning of your ministry as Bishop of Rome, you have stressed the importance of ecumenism in your own ministry .
A few years ago I attended a program on ecumenism where a local priest said the official position of the Catholic Church was that Mormons were not Christians.
The LCA contribution was also unique in that it included a significant number of non-Lutheran missionaries, among them Harold Vogelaar and his wife, Neva, who were being loaned to the LCA Division for World Mission and Ecumenism (DWME) by the mission board of the Reformed Church of America (RCA), a church with a long and historical relationship with the Muslim world.