Definition of ecumenism in English:



  • [mass noun] The principle or aim of promoting unity among the world's Christian Churches.

    • ‘In the Catholic understanding, the goal of ecumenism is the completion of that existing unity in full communion.’
    • ‘Exceptionalism supports imperial globalization and shows no understanding of Christian ecumenism.’
    • ‘Against this backdrop one can begin to understand the lack of ecumenism among these movements, despite their shared goal or commitment.’
    • ‘Consider, too, that, were we now to act on our desire for a common celebration of the Eucharist, that would be the end of ecumenism, of the quest for the unity that Christ intends for his disciples.’
    • ‘The ‘Evangelical’ world (forgetting for a moment, churches explicitly committed to ecumenism and multifaith) is in a mess.’
    • ‘For decades, its craven instinct for appeasement and its insane preoccupation with ecumenism has undermined the Church it is charged to defend.’
    • ‘Dialogue, collegiality, ecumenism, and positive engagement with ‘the modern world’ began to take concrete form.’
    • ‘Implicit in that answer is the understanding that Eucharistic fellowship without unity in faith and ministry would be the end of ecumenism.’
    • ‘One way to address the problem would be to replace an ecumenism of theological dialogues with an ecumenism of ecumenical practical cooperation.’
    • ‘From reading this history one would have no idea of the role played by Anglicans in the fields of scholarship, ecumenism, or social justice.’
    • ‘Theologians and other church leaders need to clarify the church's view of itself, its commitment to ecumenism, and the points at which relativism is problematic.’
    • ‘As Pope John Paul II said, ecumenism, or the promotion of Christian cooperation and unity, must be the concern of every faithful Catholic.’
    • ‘Whether up close or from a distance, Protestant leaders of a variety of stripes recalled the pope's efforts on topics of mutual agreement and credit him with a legacy that advanced ecumenism.’
    • ‘As irrevocably committed as the Catholic Church is to ecumenism, I cannot imagine the Magisterium ever endorsing the demotion of defined dogmas to the status of venerable opinion.’
    • ‘He would have to engage young people, address issues of ecclesial organization, commit himself to ecumenism, and confront the challenges of globalization.’
    • ‘Among the subjects he considers are the diaconate, the priestly office, the office of the bishop, the place of canon law in the life of the church, and ecumenism.’
    • ‘The pope was also fully committed to ecumenism and interreligious dialogue.’
    • ‘He refers to many developments in ecumenism and inter-faith dialogue over the past 50 years; he demonstrates how a broad, tolerant religious view now holds sway in the corridors of power.’
    • ‘Merton's witness to honest ecumenism and loving religious pluralism is even more needed now than it was in his day.’
    • ‘Our commitment to a mission of unity and our self articulated sense of being both a catholic and a reformed Church have been wonderful gifts to ecumenism through the years.’