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Mainline Ecumenism: It’s Older Than You Think

Words both denote and connote, which is to say that they both mean something and suggest a constellation of associated ideas, images, and feelings. Ecumenism means, simply, cooperation among Christian churches. The word connotes, however, a certain kind of cooperation

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Keeping Our Lamps Burning

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Faith in a Time of Climate Peril Within a song or hymn, one can often find insights into how to cope with setbacks and hardships. The old African-American spiritual “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning” presents a dim reality: a “darker midnight lies before us, for the time is drawing

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Christian Stakes in an Election When Civility and Civil Religion Seem Dead

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Aren’t Christian stakes simply justice stakes? Not entirely. Christian ethics, and mainly Reformed Protestant and Enlightenment versions of those, shaped the U.S. Constitution. They defined what goods government was to serve, what constituted legitimate authority, and how power was to be exercised; where government power ended and individual rights began,

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On Serving the ‘Dying’ Church

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Institutions, Hospice Nurses, and Midwives This issue of Unbound has been incredibly rich. We’ve heard about ways that the many churches that comprise the Church universal work together to participate in God’s reign – from the halls of power in Washington, DC and the United Nations to small churches in

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How is a Nation’s Moral Agenda Set?

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A Quick Primer on the National Council of Churches The modern ecumenical movement, of which the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA is a major leader, began some 150 years ago with the advent of youth organizations such as the Young Women’s Christian Association, the Young Men’s

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Ecumenism in the Era of World Christianity

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Almost a century ago, William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury, affirmed that the ecumenical movement was the great new fact of our era. [1] At the time, the ecumenical movement seemed to be one of the most vibrant events of the twentieth century, and its range extended overwhelmingly. Uruguayan theologian Julio

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The Daily Life of Interdenominational Ministry

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Three pastors from different denominations reflect on their work together in a small town in Iowa, where ecumenical collaboration is simply a way of life. Rev. Catherine Belles, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) A couple of weeks ago while eating breakfast, I found myself reading a few articles about interdenominational ministry from

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From Sheep-Stealing to Kingdom-Building

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Evangelism in the Ecumenical Context At its root, the word ‘evangelism’, simply means spreading good news. For Christians, this usually means spreading the good news about Jesus Christ. In recent years, Google and other businesses have co-opted the word; for example, having employees called ‘Google evangelists’, whose job it is

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