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 (ĭ-klē′zhē-ə, -zē-ə)
n. pl. ec·cle·si·ae (-zhē-ē′, -zē-ē′)
1. The political assembly of citizens of an ancient Greek state.
a. A church or congregation.
b. The collective body of Christian believers regarded as constituting a universal church.

[Latin ecclēsia, from Greek ekklēsiā, from ekkalein, to summon forth : ek-, out; see ecto- + kalein, klē-, to call; see kelə- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -siae (-zɪˌiː)
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (in formal Church usage) a congregation
2. (Historical Terms) the assembly of citizens of an ancient Greek state
[C16: from Medieval Latin, from Late Greek ekklēsia assembly, from ekklētos called, from ekkalein to call out, from kalein to call]


(ɪˈkli ʒi ə, -zi ə)

n., pl. -si•ae (-ʒiˌi, -ziˌi)
1. an assembly, esp. the popular assembly of ancient Athens.
2. a congregation; church.
[1570–80; < Latin < Greek ekklēsía assembly]
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David Watson considers the church ekklesia, as "the coming together of God's people in answer to his call, in order to meet with God in the company of each other and to meet each other in the presence of God.
The Origin and Meaning of Ekklesia in the Early Jesus Movement
Para ello estudia el termino ekklesia, identificador de la autoconciencia de la primitiva comunidad cristiana, y algunas imagenes eclesiologicas presentes en el Nuevo Testamento.
The word "church" comes from the Greek word ekklesia which is defined as "an assembly" or "called-out ones.
Virginia Moffatt, from independent think tank Ekklesia, said: "After six years of devastating cuts to welfare that have caused intolerable misery and harm to sick and disabled people and their families, it is time for a new approach.
3-1 (1978): 482-597; Ekklesiastikos Pharos 61 (1979): 563-603; Ekklesia kai Theologia/Church and Theology 1 (1980): 368-430; Ekklesia kai Theologia/Church and Theology 2 (1981); 591-617; and Ekklesia kai Theologia/Church and Theology 3 (1982): 115-10.
Furthermore a consultative forum the Ekklesia was established for developing and overseeing implementation of public policy.
Another chapter that stands out treats the church's proper name as assembly, tracing the roots of the word ekklesia, contrasting its essentially visible, communal nature with various personal religions and pop purveyors of salvation.
Such should be the aim of the ekklesia in our broken and suffering world.
This was a natural usage, since ekklesia means an assembly.
The French eglise is easy; it comes from the Greek ekklesia, which ultimately comes from the verb to call out.
We celebrate not the place alone, but the baptized believers, the ekklesia or gathering of people whose presence makes that beautiful space holy.