- 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
- 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
In espousing a communion ecclesiology in which members of the church participate in the life of the Trinity through the work of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, most ecumenical dialogue has presumed Trinitarian and Christological belief in accord with the early councils of the church. Few dialogues have explicitly addressed the topic of Christology, but highly significant results have been achieved in those dialogues. This chapter analyses a number of decisive agreements reached between Chalcedonian and non-Chalcedonian (Oriental Orthodox and Assyrian) churches, and several agreed statements between Reformation churches which, while accepting the Chalcedonian definition, have traditionally held different understandings of the communicatio idiomatum between the two natures of Christ and his divine person, with consequently varying understandings of the presence of Christ in the Eucharist.
Ralph Del Colle (+ 2012) was Associate Professor of Theology at Marquette University, and served on the Catholic-Reformed and Catholic-Evangelical dialogues nationally in the US and on the international Catholic-Pentecostal dialogue.
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