- 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
Among the trends of world Christianity is the growth of ‘new churches’, mostly evangelical or Pentecostal in character. Few of these have any real contact with historic Protestant traditions, let alone with other members of the World Council of Churches. The question for the ecumenical movement, in which most of the historic churches are engaged, is: how to invite these new bodies into the global conversation? How might they contribute to the political, ethical, and community concerns facing people of faith? One answer has been the development, through the Global Christian Forum, of an ‘open space’ in which emerging churches might judge for themselves their need for and degree of participation with other Christians in facing realities such as discrimination and persecution, and in addressing issues in mission such as proselytism. This chapter traces the development of the Forum and considers its nature and its working principles.
Robert Gribben is Professor Emeritus of Worship and Mission of the Uniting Church Faculty of Theology in Melbourne, Australia, and an Honorary Researcher of the University of Divinity, Melbourne. He represented the World Methodist Council on the Global Christian Forum Committee from 2007-2016.
Larry Miller has been Secretary of the Global Christian Forum since 2012. He was formerly the General Secretary of the Mennonite World Conference for 22 years.
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