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a term referring to a universal church, e.g. the Roman Catholic Church, in place of the more generic term CHURCH. See also CHURCH-SECT TYPOLOGY.



the most common name for the popular assembly in ancient Greece. In the Athens of Pericles (mid-fifth century B.C.) and in other democratic poleis, or city-states, the ecclesia was the highest governmental body. It elected officials and exercised legislative, executive, and judicial power. In oligarchic poleis the authority of the ecclesia was limited by other governmental bodies, such as councils and collegia.

In many poleis, the popular assembly was given a special name; the term apella was used in Sparta, the term agora in Delphi and the cities of Thessaly, and the term alia in Argos, Epidaurus, Gela, and Acragas (present-day Agrigento). Writers of late antiquity used the word “ecclesia” to refer to the place where a popular assembly was held.

In Christian writings, “ecclesia” may mean either the community of believers or the church as a whole.

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Thus, ekklesia becomes a "place" or "event" of seeing, remembering, and connecting, of putting together what is fragmentary, pointing to what is true, enabling us to see and act, including in organized actions with others.
Kat' oikon ekklesia no significa ciertamente la asamblea de la familia, sino la asamblea de cristianos que se reunen en una casa.
The Lukan Paul functioned through the system of synagogues and also "from house to house" and "from ekklesia to ekklesia .
Nela, os anjos participam em primeira instancia, mas a ekklesia tambem participa ativamente, politicamente, dessa relacao cultual.
El agora, el Dikasterion, la Ekklesia son lugares donde yo tengo voz.
But Jonathan Bartley, director of Christian think-tank Ekklesia, said Mr Cameron's brutal cuts programme was attacking the poor and the weak - and would not have had Jesus's support.
El libro que se acaba de publicar bajo el titulo Ekklesia es un volumen especial que conmemora los 120 anos desde el nacimiento de Peterson y los cincuenta desde su muerte; es al mismo tiempo un adelanto del volumen 10 de la serie, que esta en preparacion.
JONATHAN Bartley is co-director of Ekklesia, a think-tank that examines religion's role in public life.
The second call, coming from the church as ekklesia, is an authentic prerogative confirming that we are all members of this one, holy, catholic and apostolic church; in responding, we confirm our belonging to our Lord Jesus Christ.
A relacao entre os dois muda quando Blepiro sabe que o Vizinho vem da ekklesia (v.