Volume 14, Issue 3, October 2001
The article proposes that Ecumenics is an integrative focus for theological study, seeking as it does to study the theological foundations of unity and diversity, and the historic divisions of the churches and the attempts to overcome them. It explores methodologies appropriate to conflict resolution and reconciliation, and examines the history and character of ecumenical initiatives. It makes a key distinction between teaching ecumenically and ecumenics and then proposes three “types” for developing courses in ecumenics. Finally, it outlines particular oppor-tunities and challenges afforded to ecumenical institutes. These include the ability to critically analyse the ecumenical agenda, and to hold the ecumenical memory by reminding churches of ecumenical studies, insights and initiatives already undertaken.
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