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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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The founding of the East Asia Christian Conference (EACC), as the CCA was originally named, in Prapat, Indonesia, in 1957 generated considerable enthusiasm globally as the first institutionalized expression of regional ecumenism.
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The publication of Konrad Raiser's Ecumenism in Transition over 20 years ago prompted much discussion regarding the state of the ecumenical movement.
He is far from optimistic for the ecumenical future but nevertheless maintains a clear vision of the centrality of ecumenism to biblical ecclesiology, combining this conviction with a lucid strategy for renewal.
The principles on ecumenism admonish Catholic priests and lay leaders to have frequent prayers of unity as the soul of "spiritual ecumenism, and that this prayer of unity is reflective of the prayer, that they may all be one.
Far from being a merely "Catholic" issue, this has implications for ecumenism, for to remove the Catholic presence will effectively undermine it.
A champion of ecumenism, O'Gara served from 1976 to 1993 on Canada's Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue, and during that time worked closely with the Rev.
But later, in the springtime of ecumenism, the reconciliation of divided Christians, the Pope and Archbishop of Canterbury joined David Sheppard and Derek Worlock in walking up Hope Street between two cathedrals to pray for unity and peace.