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radical ecumenism: an article in The Mennonite

June 7th, 2008 by isaac · No Comments

I wrote a piece for The Mennonite last year. They published it in the recent June 3, 2008 issue. The editors introduced some errors into the text, but for the most part it’s what I wrote. For example, despite what the article says, Chapel Hill is not in Durham N.C.—they are different cities.

You can read the article here: Radical Ecumenism

I use Lesslie Newbigin to talk about how Christian unity takes place on the ground, at the grass roots—as he put it, ecumenism needs to be about “organic unity.” Here’s a quote from the end to give you a feel for the article:


If ecumenism is to be truly radical, then it’s not something that distant leaders can create in the branches and leaves. Rather, this kind of rooted ecumenism emerges from the local soils where our churches grow. Congregations test their soils and decide how and where to sow ecumenical seeds that produce plants bearing fruit of the Spirit for all the neighbors to enjoy. That’s when we find that our ecumenical church is also our missional church—one embracing movement of God’s love.


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