A History of the Ecumenical Movement. Vol. 3: 1968-2000

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A History of the Ecumenical Movement. Vol. 3: 1968-2000


Britton, Joseph, International Bulletin of Missionary Research


A History of the Ecumenical Movement. Vol. 3: 1968-2000. Edited by John Briggs, Mercy AmbaOduyoye, and Georges Tsetsis. Geneva: WCC Publications, 2004. Pp. xix, 697. $60.

A History of the Ecumenical Movement is a three-volume account of the ecumenical movement from 1517 to 2000, published by the World Council of Churches. The goal of this ambitious project, as stated on the back cover, "has been to provide a systematic survey of the churches' quest for unity in faith and action during the nearly five centuries under review." The first volume, edited by Ruth Rouse and Stephen C. Neill, appeared in 1954 and covered the period from 1517 to 1948. A second volume, edited by Harold E. Fey, appeared in 1970, covering the period from the first WCC assembly, in Amsterdam in 1948, up until the fourth assembly, in Uppsala in 1968.

Now the third and final volume has been published, examining the period from 1968 to 2000. Unlike previous volumes, whose authors were predominantly European or North American males, the current work reflects the diversification of the ecumenical movement by including both women and global South authors. It is divided into three interconnected séchons: the first provides context and overview, the second offers thematic chapters on major streams of ecumenism, and the third focuses on the distinctive experiences of local ecumenical efforts.

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