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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.
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(ɪˈkjuːməˌnɪzəm; ˈɛkjʊm-) ,




(Ecclesiastical Terms) the aim of unity among all Christian churches throughout the world
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(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.
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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
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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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63) One of the decisive pleas heard throughout the book is to overcome the outdated and unnecessary conflict lines between so-called ecumenical or liberal, evangelical, and Pentecostal camps in world ecumenism. It is the aim not only of many of the authors, but also--and especially--of the editors to build up confidence between the separate branches in the modern ecumenical movement (arts.
Colleagues have remembered him for his zealous work in broadening the scope of ecumenism.
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.
She joked her church was a great example of this shift, holding a very public debate on homosexuality in "the internet age." "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.
Possible solutions under discussion at the Vatican include wider permission to use the Tridentine Mass; however, the Society would first have to accept Vatican II teachings on ecumenism and religious liberty.
There are two more pieces by Ries: a chapter by chapter epitome of Jean-Claude Margolin's Erasme, Precepteur de l'Europe (1995) and a brief concluding essay, "Des Humanistes Precurseurs de la Modernite" which returns to the theme of Erasmus as a model of ecumenism. The overview of Margolin's excellent book on the pedagogical influence of Erasmus down to the present day is obviously appropriate to the theme but useful mainly to a general audience.
With years of experience in ecumenism, most religious leaders, including many of the more conservative ones, viewed fundamentalists negatively.
Modern ecumenism that seeks the organic unity of Christianity is yet another response to the pluralism of Christian denominational communities.