Learning about Ecumenical Relationships: Personal Reflections after Thirteen Years

Here is an interesting article on ecumenism by John Witvliet of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, from the Summer 2010 issue of Liturgical Ministry.


  1. Thanks for posting. Excellent – great ideas, references, memories. Love the ending – the imperative: bid our sad divisions cease; may the God of Peace be!

    Wonder if we are so focused on the smaller, purer church and fears of syncretism that we miss the imperative.

  2. What a great article! If nothing else, it reminds us of the importance of an open heart and spirit. That eschatological imperative may be nearer than we think.

    I shudder when I think that such openness is going to be shattered not only by new texts that will prevent Christians from praying together in common but by the fact that those responsible for this clearly do not give a d*mn about growing closer together in Christ.

  3. +JMJ+

    “the fact that those responsible for this clearly do not give a [damn] about growing closer together in Christ”

    Does this sort of comment qualify as dialogue?

    I think they do care about growing closer together in Christ and growing closer to Christ. I earnestly believe they think this new translation will be an instrument toward that end.

  4. Looks like dialogue to me. Paul made a statement and you replied. Simple, really.

    The only superflouous thing was your question, oh and your imperious attitude.

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