Book cover of Sharing and Learning: Bible, Mission, and Receptive Ecumenism

Sharing and Learning

Bible, Mission, and Receptive Ecumenism
Edited by:
Petter Jakobsson
Risto Jukko
Olle Kristenson

Receptive Ecumenism can be described as an ecumenism of the wounded hands. It brings to the fore the self-critical hospitality, humble learning, and ongoing conversion that have always been quietly essential to ecumenical work. “What do we, in our tradition, need to learn and receive, with integrity, from others?”

The book is meant for all those interested in the theological relations between mission and unity, as well as in Receptive Ecumenism. It is intended for all who are interested in the practical consequences of committing themselves to foster the unity and mission of the Church in the world. It serves both academics and practitioners engaged in mission and unity. If the book can be a source of inspiration for them, it will have fulfilled its purpose.

Specs: 192 pages; 6x9"; paper/PDF; perfect; 4-colour cover

ISBN: 978-2-8254-1766-9

Shelving/Topics:  Religion/mission

Rights: World, all languages

Price: CHF 20.00; $ 20.00; € 17.00;  £12.00

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A new method of ecumenism to deal with mission

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!