Introducing the issue, journal editor Stephen G. Brown writes that “fundamental questions about the way we make sense of our lives, live in society, and accept responsibility for future generations have been amplified by the global and civilizational crisis of the COVID‐19 pandemic and its consequences.”
Co-edited with Chammah J. Kaunda of Yonsei University, Seoul, the issue takes as its starting point the theme of the WCC’s forthcoming 11th Assembly, “Christ's love moves the world to reconciliation and unity.”
In the journal editorial, Brown notes, “The assembly theme is intended as an affirmation of faith that the love of the compassionate, crucified, and risen Christ transforms the world, where the future of life, and survival itself, is at stake.”
The issue’s authors explore questions such as the missional praxis of Christ's love in a world of pandemic; how churches may demonstrate reconciliation and solidarity with vulnerable communities forced to the margins; the ethical dilemmas thrown up by the pandemic; ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic interacts with economic inequality, racism, and climate catastrophe; as well as contextualized reflections on the COVID‐19 pandemic.
The Ecumenical Review is published four times a year by Oxford-based publisher Wiley on behalf of the WCC.