Journal of Ecumenical Studies

Academic journal focuses on religious issues and cross-cultural understanding.

Articles from Vol. 45, No. 3, Summer

A Politics of Pluralism in American Democracy: Reinhold Niebuhr's Christian Realism as a National Resource in a Post-9/11 World
Introduction Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) was of German pietistic Lutheran background, a German Evangelical by denomination and a Missourian by birth. After finishing his education at Yale on a scholarship, he served as an especially successful...
Crossing Religious Borders
The Spring, 2008, issue of the Journal of Ecumenical Studies focuses reader attention on interreligious dialogue "at the grass roots." (1) Use of this metaphor rightly urges us to pay attention to the concrete and practical purposes, goals, and strategies...
Ecumenical Foremothers: Commemorating, Celebrating, and Continuing Their Legacy
Introduction I was delighted to receive the invitation to be the academy's banquet speaker, and then panic set in. The conference this year addresses ethics. Having dodged moral theology as much as possible during theological studies, I could not...
Ethics in Ecumenical Dialogues: A Survey and Analysis
Two perceptions dominate discussions of the topic of this essay. (1) On the one hand, it is widely said that the need for an ecumenical discussion of ethics and ethical questions is ever more important, both because of the need for the church to give...
Exploring the Great Divide: Sex, Ethics, and Ecumenism
I. The sexual revolution may be variously described. At the least it reflects changes in understandings and assessments of the nature and purposes of human sexual relations and, in turn, understandings of gender roles and of the family or household...
Prudence and the Future: An Ecumenically Shaped Ethic
Introduction The concise article on "Ethics" by Jose Miguez Bonino in the Dictionary of the Ecumenical Movement identifies several of the questions that concern us in the present essay. (1) One section of Bonino's article offers a helpful summary...
Reflections on Presentations
From the make-believe realm of the Parish of Dibley to the tens of thousands of Christian communities that toil in the real world, I come as a practitioner of parish ministry to reflect on ethical challenges in an ecumenical perspective. The messy...
Response to "The Ethical Horizon": Fidelity, Hospitality, and Justice
My essay is intended as a response to the previous essays printed in this issue of the Journal of Ecumenical Studies and lifts out some insights for further consideration and commendation. The framework I will use for this task is the larger "so what"...
"The Ethical Horizon from an Ecumenical Point of View": Introduction
The 2009 Annual Meeting of the North American Academy of Ecumenists, held September 25-27 at Washington (DC) Theological Union, was a most significant one, at which participants addressed "The Ethical Horizon from an Ecumenical Point of View." Ethical...
The Ethics of Peacemaking: The Genesis of Called Together to Be Peacemakers-Report of the International Mennonite-Catholic Dialogue (2004)
Introduction A. A Latecomer I came to the International Mennonite-Catholic Dialogue "as one born out of time." The dialogue had already been underway for two years when l was asked in 2000 to present a paper to the dialogue members assembled...
The Study of Religion and Interreligious Dialogue
There are myriad "definitions" of religion. Rather than wade through that "swamp," here is offered a relatively "simple" description: "Religion is an explanation of the ultimate meaning of life, and how to live accordingly, based on a notion and experience...
Trialogue: Out of the Shadows into Blazing "Desert" Sun!
Though much of the mass media does not yet seem to be aware--and surely most Jews, Christians, and Muslims are likewise unaware--Islam is now beginning to join the global/local interreligious dialogue on a massive scale. Two international events stand...
What Orthodox Christian Ethics Can Offer Ecumenism
I have been involved in ecumenical endeavors during my whole adult life, and it is out of this experience that I accepted the assignment given me to discuss this topic. In the first part of this essay, I will rearticulate my long held position that...