"Can Two Walk Together Except They Be Agreed?": Ecumenism as a Twentieth Century Church Concern
We are also quite individualistic, not willing to be patient with the pace of ecclesiastical reflection and debate. Yet the task of an "ecumenism of conviction and not accommodation" takes time
Geoffrey Wainwright, a leading scholar on the Ecumenical Movement, states:
[The Ecumenical Movement is the] name given in modern times to the concerted drive toward the attainment or restoration of unity among Christians and their communities throughout the world…. Derived from the Greek oikoumene, meaning the inhabited earth, ecumenism refers to the efforts of Christians and their communities to live in such unity that they may with one heart and one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 15:5-6), and by their witness bring the world to ...