Building a New Ecumenism Through Contextual Theology

Article by Mark Ellingsen

The past 20 years or so since the time of the Second Vatican Council have been a remarkable period for ecumenical breakthroughs. Not only have there been theological convergences, but mainline churches have developed a new ecumenical ethos. From church bureaucracies to the pews, mainline churches have begun to learn and practice mutual respect for …

Covenanting: New Directions for Ecumenism

Article by Elizabeth Achtemeier

The ecumenical movement is in a period of kairos. The remainder of this decade — indeed, of this century — represents a pivotal time for Christian reconciliation. The appearance of the Baptism, Eucharist, and Ministry agreement of the World Council of Churches’ Faith and Order Commission, the theological consensus statement of the Consultation on Church …

Ecumenical Hermeneutics for a Plural Christianity: Reflections on Contextuality and Catholicity

Article by Rudolf von Sinner

Dedicated to my friends and teachers of UTC, the living and those who have, sadly, passed away since my stay in 1997, with deep gratitude for their hospitality and help in cultural and intellectual bridge-building. Without them, this study would not have been possible. The plurality of Christianity in general, of theological positions in particular, …

Fourteen Years After ‘Unity in Mid-Career’

Article by A. J. van der Bent

In 1963 a book titled Unity in Mid-Career (Macmillan) caused considerable stir in ecumenical circles. On the book’s cover the following sentence was added to the title: “Can the movement toward Christian unity survive as a living force or is it headed for premature senility?” Fourteen church leaders and theologians contributed critical essays on the …

In Need of a Pope?

Article by D. Stephen Long

Do Protestants need the papacy? Given the recent fascination with the pontificate of John Paul II and with the election of Benedict XVI, it would seem that the papacy is on the Protestant horizon in a way that would have been unthinkable even a generation ago. This may be the result of savvy marketing, the …