- The Early Stages: Pre-1910
- Laying the Foundations: 1910–1948
- Pivotal Years: 1948–1965
- Intense Activity: 1965–1990
- Consolidation and Challenge: 1990—Present
- Pentecostal and Charismatic
- Mission and Evangelism
- Faith and Order
- World Council of Churches
- Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
- Bilateral Dialogues
- Chevetogne, Taizé, and the Groupe des Dombes
- United and Uniting Churches
- Regional and National Councils of Churches
- Interchurch Families
- Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
- Global Christian Forum
- Britain and Ireland
- United States of America
- Latin America
- The Middle East
- The Unity We Seek
- In Search of a Way
- Method in Ecumenism
- Kenotic Ecumenism
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter explains that 1965–1990 was a highly intensive period of ecumenical action and reflection. A new and very active partner had entered the ecumenical scene, namely the Roman Catholic Church, following the Second Vatican Council. There were also significant new developments in social action and theological reflection and a number of outstanding events. A radical, holistic vision of mission emerged and prompted critical reaction from the evangelical Lausanne Movement. Ecumenical theological studies under the auspices of Faith and Order on common faith, sacraments, and unity drew much attention, especially in relation to the most widely distributed and discussed ecumenical document thus far: Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry (BEM) of 1982. New perspectives on the community of women and men in church and society were also developed.
Günther Gassmann (+2017) was research professor at the Lutheran World Federation’s Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg from 1969-1976 and Director of the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches in Geneva from 1984-1994.
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