Ecumene • Ecumenical • Ecumenist
Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith
EcumenismThe movement through which divided churches seek to manifest afresh the unity given and willed by Jesus Christ. The term “ecumenism” is from the Greek word oikoumenē, meaning the “inhabited earth.” The noun “ecumenism” is a construct of relatively recent date, coming into general use through
Compton’s Encyclopedia
ecumenismThe movement or tendency toward worldwide Christian unity or cooperation is known as ecumenism. There is a Greek word oikos, meaning “household”; and closely related to it is oikoumene, meaning “the inhabited world.” From the latter is derived the relatively modern term ecumenism, which is
Global Dictionary of Theology: A Resource for the Worldwide Church
ECUMENISMEcumenism is the practice of churches and other Christian groups in which they seek and work for the unity that binds them together as Christians. The term ecumenism was popularized by the Roman Catholic Church immediately after the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965), but nowadays it denotes
Pocket Dictionary of the Reformed Tradition
ecumenism. From the Greek word meaning “the whole habitable earth” (oikoumenē), this term describes a movement for visible unity among Christian traditions rather than doctrinal hegemony. Organizations like the *World Communion of Reformed Churches seek to promote a unified Reformed identity in dialogue
Dictionary of Theological Terms
EcumenicalGreek oikoumene, the “inhabited earth.” The word appears 15 times in the NT and has been appropriated by various branches of Christendom to denote catholicity* or universality. The Eastern Orthodox church refers to its synods as “ecumenical synods.” The Roman Catholic church calls its councils
Ecumenical Movement
Ecumenical Movement, EcumenismThe movement whose goal is to unite all the churches of Christendom, including of course, the union of Protestantism and Roman Catholicism. The World Council of Churches* (WCC) has taken the leading role in its development, and other movements, such as the Charismatic Movement,*
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
ecumenism. As a theological term, ecumenism (from Gk. oikoumenē G3876, “inhabited world”) refers to the unity and universality of the Christian faith and the church. The mutual concepts of unity and universality are rooted in OT teachings regarding the covenant and cult worship but come to fullest expression
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Ecumenism. The organized attempt to bring about the cooperation and unity of all believers in Christ. “Ecumenical” comes from the Greek oikoumenē, meaning “the entire inhabited earth,” or “world” (Matt. 24:14; Acts 17:6; Heb. 2:5).
New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic
Ecumenical Theology
ECUMENICAL THEOLOGYEcumenical theology can be construed to mean many things. For example, it could refer to the expression of the apostolic faith as articulated by the first four (ecumenical) *councils, that is, the councils of the undivided church as they articulated orthodox doctrine when challenged