These essays, largely from non-Orthodox authors, paint a portrait of the Ecumenical Patriarch that has been often overlooked in Western circles -- as a deeply Orthodox leader who wishes to relate Orthodoxy to the modern world and to have it make its contribution to the unity of Christians.
Anna Marie Aagaard
Peter C. Bouteneff
Dale T. Irvin
Ronald G. Roberson, CSP
William G. Rusch
Joseph D. Small
For centuries, Christian churches have remained divided over their doctrinal differences, but beginning in the late nineteenth century, churches and their members slowly began to emerge from their isolation. They began to abandon competition, mistrust, and misunderstanding in an effort to seek out their common interests and faith through meetings and organizations meant to bring them together. The encounters between the churches led to proposals for common prayers for unity, and for common witness in society. While not without difficulty, these encounters have fostered a renewal in Christian theology, worship, and witness, affecting all levels of church life. The process has touched Christians all over the world in various ways. FitzGerald carefully traces the history of the movement and its impact on the churches themselves, as well as the believers who attend them, making this important reading for all Christians and anyone interested in learning more about church division and efforts to restore unity.
Included is a review of key Catholic and World Council of Churches documents on ecumenism, as well as specific relationships among churches: Orthodox; Anglican; Lutheran; Methodist; Presbyterian and Reformed Disciples of Christ; Evangelical; Southern Baptist; and Pentecostal partners. A concluding chapter draws together some of the priorities for the proximate future of the ecumenical movement.
This one-volume introductory text acquaints seminary and university students, as well as religious professionals, with the history, development and organization of ecumenical relationships between the several Christian churches, in a concise and comprehensible manner.