ecumenism

500th Anniversary of the Reformation: Ecumenism as Church and Public Phenomenon in Today’s Germany

The 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 was held in Ger‑ many for the first time as an ecumenical event. Within its framework, a number of important official church documents about rethinking the history of the Reformation were adopted, common worship services held, and a large number of projects implemented at the region‑ al, national and international levels.

Whether and How Ecumenism, Anti-Ecumenism, and Conservative Ecumenism are Politically or Theologically Motivated: A View from the United States

The article discusses the phenomena of ecumenism, anti‑ecumenism and conservative ecumenism. The author sets a dual goal. The first is to identify the theological foundations of ecumenism and anti‑ecu‑ menism, and also to analyze conservative ecumenism in this research perspective. The second is to identify the political component of these phenomena. The author analyzes and criticizes the concept of “ecumenical consciousness” proposed by Andrey Shishkov.

Discussing the Concept of «Conservative Ecumenism»

The article continues the discussion of the concept of “conservative ecumenism”, proposed by the author in 2017 to describe conservative Christian alliances in defense of traditional values. Main debates have revolved around the use of the term “ecumenism” in the case of such alliances. The article proposes minimal criteria of being “ecumenical” — those that the author calls “ecumenical consciousness”. The question of whether striving for Christian unity is a necessary criterion of ecumenism is considered.

Christian Ecumenism today: Crisis or Transformation? Discussion with Ecumenical Leaders of Different Christian Churches (Heikki Huttunen, Dagmar Heller, Johannes Oeldelmann)

Ecumenical leaders of diferent Christian churches —  Orthodox archpriest Heikki Huttunen, Lutheran pastor Dagmar Heller and Catholic theologian Johannes Oeldemann —  answer questions of the
editorial oice about the current state of ecumenism. In particular, under discussion are the following topics: a crisis of the Ecumenical movement, change of its aims and basic positions over the past

History of Ecumenism: The Forgotten Early Period

In the histories of ecumenism, its initial formation is usually dated by the early 20th century. The World Missionary Conference held in Edinburgh in 1910 is referred to as its “symbolic beginning”. A quest for the origins of the ecumenical thought led researchers to find some early voices in the previous centuries, even as early as in the 15th–16th c. However, there are Oriental sources which witness a much earlier formation of the ecumenical paradigm of the ecclesiological thought, typologically corresponding to the one developed in the 20th c.