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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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We see this clearly in Matthew, Several scholars have pointed to chapter 18 specifically where we find Jesus giving rules for the disciples' community, the ekklesia.
In this new context it is neither Rome nor the present-day Catholic Church, after which all local churches are modeled, but the final ekklesia of the faithful in the eschatological realm of God.
Matthew alone among the four Gospels uses the term ekklesia (Matt 16:18; 18:17).
For that reason, the scriptural authors and the liturgical mysteries continue to call us out of the world to be ekklesia so that our presence and our witness in the world will reveal the possibility of living life in Christ.
The ekklesia is at stake in the struggle for society, because it is there that the Spirit of God is struggling against the evil spirits to reconquer the world for God.
But, said Simon Barrow, who with Jonathan Bartley authored the Ekklesia report that appeared April 20 in The Church of England Newspaper, "It is time that St.
Given the "dishonorable" work that lies in store for a church that takes the radical patronage of Luke-Acts seriously, the ekklesia needs daily to be reminded of the power of God's grace (charis) to redeem human relations as well as the power of sin to corrupt them.
Ekklesia said its proposal would remove the "anomalous status" of the Church of England, and, at the same time, it would clarify the situation created by civil partnerships, which grant gay and lesbian couples rights similar to those in traditional marriages but does not grant comparable status.
Paul's standard term for this in Greek is ekklesia, a term with a political association: it denotes the gathered citizens of a city as a legislative or judicial body.
It is similar to the word "church," ekklesia, which, though it now usually denotes a building used for Christian worship, originally referred to the assembly of persons consecrated by baptism: the people are the church.
He is coauthor of the Ekklesia Project pamphlet "Christian Worship and the Death Penalty.
Formed by leitourgia in our gathering as ekklesia we then scatter to perform our "public work" as the church scattered in praise of the One God "before the gods" of the everyday world, as the psalmist sings.