ecumenism

Christian Unity - CHRISTian
It’s easy to see God’s grace and blessing in what unites us. We sense the presence of grace when, at our core, we feel a strong moral bond with certain other persons, churches, and faiths. But what if what makes other persons, churches, and faiths seem foreign and strange is also a grace, a difference intended by God?  Can we think of our differences, as we think of our unity, as a gift from God? Most religions, including Christianity, would answer yes.In both the Jewish and the Christian...
Image of Christ in Glory with flames. Photograph by Lawrence Lew OP at flickr.com
I have come to set the earth on fire and how I wish it were already blazing. ...  Do you think that I have come to establish peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three. (Luke 12:49, 51-52) This saying of Jesus is often misunderstood. We may claim that our lack of charity, lack of respect, and the divisions we cause are the divisions to which Jesus is referring when he said he is bringing fire to...
That We May Be One
For more than a thousand years, Christians have not had the joy of being one family around Christ. Although there were already tensions within the earliest Christian communities, it was not until the year 1054 that there was a formal split so as to, in effect, establish two formal Christian communities, the Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church in the West.The Protestant Reformation in the sixteenth century saw a further split within the Western Church and Christianity. Today there are more...