A new ecumenical approach, Receptive Ecumenism, was introduced in 2014 to an ecumenical working group of representatives from four church traditions in Sweden – Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran and Free Church. The group reflected together on mission and unity based on the then newly published mission statement of the World Council of Churches’ Commission on World Mission and Evangelism, Together towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes (2013). Out of these conversations on mission, unity and Receptive Ecumenism, a mission pilgrimage was born.
Some of the participants to the mission pilgrimage are contributors to this volume, writing about their experiences of Receptive Ecumenism and mission. Other contributors, representing Christian traditions and regions of the world, write more from a theological and missiological perspective. This is the first time Receptive Ecumenism has been used as a method of ecumenism to deal with mission.
Dr Agnes Abuom, Moderator of the WCC Central Committee
This book on the Bible, Mission and Receptive Ecumenism is timely and relevant. It is simply the kind of literature that churches, ecumenical organizations, national councils of churches, missiologists and theologians need to read. It is anchored on the reception and sharing of the good news of Jesus Christ with one another as a spiritual gift. It resonates in many ways with the strategic direction of the WCC’s Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace – a people on the way, praying, working, and walking together as we accept that we bring different gifts to the table to offer, share and receive to enrich one another.
Dr Antje Jackelén, Archbishop Church of Sweden
Ecumenism – mission – evangelism – ethics – interculturality: In bringing together these key words for churches in the 21st century under the motto Sharing and Learning, this book is a strong testimony to our call for joint witness in the world. By stressing values such as mutual learning, integrity, coexistence, and solidarity, receptive ecumenism continues to be a promising path for both church and academia. There is no better way forward than healing of memories and a pastoral ecumenism of friendship and common service to a world that is crying out for hope, for just peace and for reconciliation!