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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 third outcome was the model of the Global Christian Forum as a space for wider Christian ecumenism.
Raiser identified four major challenges in relation to the link between mission and ecumenism: (1) the renewed assertion of cultural identity by the churches that had received the gospel through missionary effort, (2) the relation between mission and inter-faith dialogue and the future of Christian ecumenism in a world of increasing religious pluralism, (3) the process of globalization and its impact on the life of individuals and religious communities, and (4) the rapid growth of Pentecostalism.
Although many commentators have given Pope John Paul II high marks for his many overtures to Christian leaders and those of other world religions, many also note that, particularly in Christian ecumenism, Vatican leadership showed little willingness to compromise regarding the substance of ecumenical dialogue, the Joint Statement on Justification signed with the Lutheran World Federation being the notable exception.
suggests that Christian ecumenism needs to look beyond its own intra-ecclesial dialogues to become more catholically interreligious.

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