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The Ecumenical Movement
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Provides an overview of the major characteristics and themes of the ecumenical movement, which has sought to bring unity to the various Christian churches.

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Preface The Ecumenical Movement: An Introduction Jesus Christ and the Beginnings of the Church Historic Church Divisions First Steps Towards New Relationships Early Church Unity Movements The Founding and Development of the World Council of Churches The Entrance of the Roman Catholic Church Concerns and Contributions of the Orthodox Church Tensions and Accomplishments in the Churches of the Reformation Theological Dialogues for Reconciliation Regional and Local Ecumenism: Perspectives from the United States Epilogue Bibliography

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THOMAS E. FITZGERALD is Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He has served as Executive Director of the Program on Unity and Renewal at the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland. As a theologian in the Orthodox Church, he has participated in theological conferences and ecumenical dialogues in over 30 countries. He is the author of a number of articles and books including The Orthodox Church published by Greenwood Press.

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"A history of the ecumenical movement written by an Orthodox theologian is a welcome addition to the growing body of literature on ecumenism at a time when the Orthodox churches have a limited involvement in ecumenism, especially with the World Council of Churches....[t]he present volume is an excellent resource for an introductory course on ecumenism for graduate and even undergraduate students....[v]ery well written and captivating even for a reader who knows nothing about Christianity."-Studies in Religion
"The subtitle of this book is extremely important. FitzGerald admits that he has "a very modest intention": to introduce the ecumenical movement to a wider audience. That audience obviously includes relatively uninformed laypersons and young students of religious history. FitzGerald hopes that this introduction will give readers "an appreciation of the essential elements of the ecumenical movement..,."Recommended. Undergraduates and interested general readers."-Choice
?The subtitle of this book is extremely important. FitzGerald admits that he has "a very modest intention": to introduce the ecumenical movement to a wider audience. That audience obviously includes relatively uninformed laypersons and young students of religious history. FitzGerald hopes that this introduction will give readers "an appreciation of the essential elements of the ecumenical movement..,."Recommended. Undergraduates and interested general readers.?-Choice
?[P]resents the ecumenical movement as a movement toward reconciliation and argues that the evolving inter-church dialogue has had a significant impact on the shape of Christian life and practice. The book is an overview and an effective organizing reference for the serious researcher.?-Catholic Library World
?A history of the ecumenical movement written by an Orthodox theologian is a welcome addition to the growing body of literature on ecumenism at a time when the Orthodox churches have a limited involvement in ecumenism, especially with the World Council of Churches....[t]he present volume is an excellent resource for an introductory course on ecumenism for graduate and even undergraduate students....[v]ery well written and captivating even for a reader who knows nothing about Christianity.?-Studies in Religion
"YPresents the ecumenical movement as a movement toward reconciliation and argues that the evolving inter-church dialogue has had a significant impact on the shape of Christian life and practice. The book is an overview and an effective organizing reference for the serious researcher."-Catholic Library World
"[P]resents the ecumenical movement as a movement toward reconciliation and argues that the evolving inter-church dialogue has had a significant impact on the shape of Christian life and practice. The book is an overview and an effective organizing reference for the serious researcher."-Catholic Library World

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