The Ecumenical Review

The Ecumenical Review is a quarterly theological journal focusing the ecumenical movement. The Ecumenical Review includes theological and ethical analyses on a wide range of issues, from religious freedom to the Roman Church.

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 3, July

A Difficult Assignment: UN Peacekeeping in the Post-Cold War Era
After the first world war, President Woodrow Wilson fought a losing battle to have the United States join his brainchild, the League of Nations. If Congress rejected the League, Wilson warned, "I can predict with absolute certainty that within another...
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Answering for the Past, Shaping the Future: In Memory of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
"Anyone who feels neither responsibility towards the past nor desire to shape the future is someone who 'forgets', and I don't know how one can really get at such people and bring them to their senses." In these words, written in his prison cell in Tegel...
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Between Politics and Efficiency: United Nations Reform and Conflict of Interests
Discussion about the need for reform of the United Nations is certainly not new, nor is it confined to eliminating the countless shortcomings of the organization in the realm of work procedures, efficiency and cost. Various reform initiatives in the...
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Bretton Woods and the UN System
The Bretton Woods institutions - the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank - derive their name from the small village in the northeastern US state of New Hampshire, near the Canadian border, where the conference establishing them was held...
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Consolidating Steps for Disarmament: The United Nations' Growing Role in Arms Control
Since the United Nations exists to keep peace, it follows that it also has tasks in the field of disarmament. After the failures of the League of Nations, however, the UN Charter is somewhat sparing in its provisions in this respect: "The Security Council...
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Empowering the Peoples in Their United Nations
Opening the Dumbarton Oaks conference which began the shaping of the United Nations Charter, US Secretary of State Cordell Hull said, "No institution will endure unless there is behind it considered and complete public support." Fifty years after the...
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Father, Forgive
A theological reflection From the mouth of the crucified we hear the petition: "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing" (Luke 23:34). The word which was "in the beginning" (John 1:1) is the word of God's eagerness to forgive....
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"For Nothing Can Separate Us from the Love of Christ": Who Does Belong to the Body of Christ?
What life have you if you have not life together? There is no life that is not in community, And no community not lived in praise of God. Even the anchorite who meditates alone, For whom the days and nights repeat the praise of God, Prays for the church,...
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From Consultation to Participation: Non-Governmental Organizations and the United Nations
In connection with commemorations this year of the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations, new demands are being heard for greater transparency and more extensive participation by more actors in the UN's changed political and social framework. A...
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Non-Governmental Organizations and the "Agenda for Peace." (UN Peacekeeping and Peacemaking Program)
At the dawn of the 21st century, the superpower proxy wars that ravaged Southeast Asia, parts of Africa, Latin America and the Middle East have given way to the sleeping conflicts that were repressed by authoritarianism or ignored in the shadow of the...
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Peace Needs No Weapons: From Military Security to Human Security
Although the security risks facing us today are fundamentally different in character from those of past decades, security strategies remain unchanged, continuing, despite some reduction in military spending worldwide and agreements to end the arms race,...
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Preventive Diplomacy: A More Effective Approach to International Disputes
The United Nations today is staggering under unparalleled expectations by the international community that it should deal effectively with a multiplicity of extremely complex and serious threats to peace and security and do so with resources which are...
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Processes of Democratization: The New Role of the United Nations in Electoral Assistance
Over the past fifty years the United Nations has played a unique and important role in the birth of many newly autonomous states, contributing to a significant redrawing of the world's map and evidenced in the fact that its own membership has more than...
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Sexuality, Sin and Disease
Theological and Ethical Issues Posed by AIDS to the Churches: Reflections by a Physician I offer these reflections to the theological discussion on AIDS from the perspective of a physician specializing in immunology. As a Christian - though not a formal...
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The Need for Dogmatic Theology: Bonhoeffer's Challenge to the US in the 1930s and the 1990s
The current value of any theological legacy is best seen not in the extent of its popularity or unpopularity but in the quality of provocation that it affords. Such is the case with Dietrich Bonhoeffer. In some respects the witness of Bonhoeffer's life...
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The Security Council: A Need for Change
There is a sense in which the United Nations is but a microcosm of the "real world" of governments and their policies. As such, it reflects more or less directly the realities in that world. Thus, while the Cold War lasted, the effectiveness of the world...
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The UN and Development: Business as Usual
A careful assessment of the record of the United Nations in development would show that its successes have been (as in the field of human rights) largely in the area of standard-setting. Its failures (once again as with human rights) have largely been...
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The United Nations and the WCC: Rights and Justice
We the people of the United Nations, determined - to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and - to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth...
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