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The Ecumenical Movement

An Anthology of Key Texts and Voices (Second Edition) ''At this critical juncture, this book brings together 'texts and voices' that reveal both the profound legacy of the ecumenical movement and the spiritual, theological basis on which it can build to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.'' -- Editor Michael Kinnamon

The indispensable resource

The nearly 150 documents in this anthology virtually embody “the ecumenical century” and are here presented in a definitive collection for both classroom and reference.

Included in this exhaustive collection are significant passages from the most widely influential texts produced by assemblies, consultations, and statements of the World Council of Churches, carefully selected, edited, and introduced. They address the most important aspects of the ecumenical movement from its beginnings more than a century ago to today.

  1. The Ecumenical Vision:  Toward an Integration of Unity, Mission, Justice, and Renewal
  2. The Unity of the Church:  Toward a Common Definition
  3. Agreement on Issues That Divide the Church:  Toward Fuller Communion in Christ
  4. Ecumenical Social Thought:  Toward Solidarity in Humanity’s Struggles
  5. Combatting Racism
    Renouncing War and Violence
    Overcoming Poverty

    Protecting the Environment

  6. Mission and Evangelism: Toward Common Witness throughout the Earth
  7. Dialogue with People of Other Faiths:  Toward Better Understanding of Our Neighbors
  8. Learning and Prayer:  Toward a Community of Formation and Spirituality
  9. Councils of Churches: Toward an Understanding of Their Nature and Purpose
  10. Challenges Ahead:  Toward an Ecumenical Future

This enlarged second edition includes some fifty new texts, many of them produced since the first edition of 1997.  Classic documents from the movement’s earlier decades have been retained, but many short excerpts have been removed in favor of fewer – but fuller – texts.

“At this critical juncture,” says editor Michael Kinnamon, “this book brings together ‘texts and voices’ that reveal both the profound legacy of the ecumenical movement and the spiritual, theological basis on which it can build to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.”

Michael Kinnamon is a widely respected theologian with deep and longstanding involvement in global ecumenism. Formerly on the staff of Faith and Order in the WCC, he also served as Miller Professor of Mission and Peace at Eden Seminary and as general secretary of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA. He has recently retired from a three-year appointment as Spehar-Halligan Visiting Professor of Ecumenical Collaboration in Interreligious Dialogue at Seattle University.

Specs: 530 pages, 8 x 10”, paper, perfect bound, 4-colour cover
Topic: Ecumenism / Christianity
ISBN 978-2-8254-1665-5
Price: CHF 50.00; £30.00; €30.00; $50.00; 
December 2015Rights: World, all languages

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Click here to download the table of contents, introduction and chapter 1 (pdf)