The book provides a practical overview of global ecumenism and reconciliation. As Enns notes, the globally reconciling-conciliar church is on the path toward unity through action and reflection, guided by the gospel visions of justice and peace.
Enns analyzes what has been learned in recent decades on the “testing grounds” of ecumenical theory and practice, then demonstrates how the new era of the WCC’s action-oriented programs produces ongoing, diverse ecclesial efforts toward social and spiritual transformation.
Enns examines in depth the World Council of Churches (WCC) Decade to Overcome Violence, leading to the theological basis of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace.
Part practical guide to ecumenical methodology and part theological interpretation and prognosis, Enns shows how both ecumenism and peace are, in essence, the mission and purpose of the church today.
Enns is professor of Theology and Ethics at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, and director of the Amsterdam Center for Religion and Peace & Justice Studies. He has been a member of the WCC central committee since 1998.