Hearing Many Voices: Dialogue and Diversity in the Ecumenical Movement

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University Press of America, 1994 - Religion - 208 pages
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The ecumenical movement is by definition a complex, multifaceted project that encompasses a diverse agenda and resists any singular definition. By examining the various aspects of ecumenical history, this book charts the search for diversity and dialogue in world Christianity. Contents: A DIALOGICAL AFFAIR. Ecumenical Unity, Ecumenical Diversity; Understanding Dialogue; The Multiplicity of Meaning; Focus on the WCC. COMMUNITY AND DIVERSITY IN FAITH AND ORDER. Intending to Stay Together; Faith and Order, and the Quest for Visible Unity; The Solidarity of 'Reconciled Diversity;' ECUMENICAL PRAXIS IN A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE. The Search for Ecumenical Coherence; The Search for Coherence through Reconstruction of Christendom; Toward a Praxis of Solidarity; RENEWING MISSION. Missions and Ecumenics; Missions, Christendom, and the Non-European Other; Defining the Boundaries of Christendom; Re-Marking the Boundaries of Christian Mission; CONTINUING THE DIALOGUE. Multiple Trajectories within the World Council; Multiple Trajectories beyond the World Council; Ecumenical Memories and the Ecumenical Future.
 

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Contents

A Dialogical Affair
1
2 Understanding Dialogue
6
3 The Multiplicity of Meaning
13
4 Focus on the WCC
22
Community and Diversity in Faith and Order
35
2 Faith and Order and the Quest for Visible Unity
41
3 The Solidarity of Reconciled Diversity
58
Ecumenical Praxis in a World of Difference
77
Renewing Mission
123
2 Missions Christendom and the nonEuropean Other
129
3 Defining the Boundaries of Christendom
139
4 ReMarking the Boundaries of Christian Mission
147
Continuing the Dialogue
169
2 Multiple Trajectories beyond the World Council
183
3 Ecumenical Memories and the Ecumenical Future
189
Index
204

2 The Search for Coherence through Reconstruction of Christendom
83
3 Toward a Praxis of Solidarity
93

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Dale T. Irvin is Professor of Theology at New York Theological Seminary.

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