The state was justified in endorsing religion for the good of society, as long as it did so as ecumenically
as possible, without favoring one religion over another.
The Center of United Methodist Aid to the Community Ecumenically
Concerned Helping Others (CUMAC/ECHO), which works to alleviate hunger and its root causes in Paterson, Passaic County and northern N.
As visionary church leaders, we are to facilitate what can be done at other levels of the church, work ecumenically
and ensure national programs are effective.
I didn't believe it then and still don't, and now the church is more ecumenically
The watchword of the Reformation, Sola Scriptura, lends orientation to the church's mission as we ground our common life ecumenically
in the Revised Common Lectionary.
Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, in The Orthodox Church, called this "perhaps the darkest chapter in the story of the Moscow Patriarchates collusion with Communism" This remains an ecumenically
sensitive issue for many Orthodox and to this day many high-ranking Russian Orthodox prelates argue for the 1946 council's legitimacy and justify the Moscow Patriarchate's collaboration as necessary.
He also notes how the cognate terms "deaconate" and "deacon" advanced in the 1960s from relative obscurity to feature prominently in the leading, ecumenically
agreed-upon statement on Christian ministry, namely, the 1982 World Council of Churches document Baptism, Eucharist, and Ministry that described the church's ministry as "threefold," comprising bishops, presbyters, and deacons.
The Church: Towards a Common Vision (TCTCV) (1) is an ecumenically
sensitive document that attempts to reflect the great diversity of beliefs and practices of the member churches of the World Council of Churches (WCC).
Themes that Kinnamon returns to often are the tension between "cheap unity" (59) and "passionate disagreement--without breaking fellowship" (61), the value of diversity (84), the need to actualize within the churches the substantive agreements already reached (44), the role of the laity and local congregations (154), the failure of evangelicals and postdenominational churches to engage ecumenically
(129), the need for ecumenical formation (134), and the severe financial constraints facing ecumenical structures (126).
Rev Elisheva said: "We hope to get to know people in the villages and engage in village activities as well as taking services in the five churches and relating ecumenically
to the other denominations in the villages.
important is the observation that in some churches that practice believers' baptism, one can find "a growing acceptance .
Another expert, however, felt the Marian excursus may be problematic ecumenically