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date: 01 December 2020

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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.

Keywords: Roman Catholic Church, social action, mission, theological studies, Faith and Order, unity, women and men, Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry

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