Academic journal article The Ecumenical Review

Editorial

Academic journal article The Ecumenical Review

Editorial

Article excerpt

Miracle of information technology, or one more indictment against corporate globalization? Either way, one suspects that many of our readers are familiar with MicroSoft's "Word" software for the processing of documents. Once Word has been installed on a particular computer, it familiarizes itself with the regular user's most frequently used phrases and offers to complete one's thought after only a few, oft-repeated characters have been typed.

Thus, if one works for the "World Council of Churches", and uses that name frequently in correspondence or other texts, the initial juxtaposition of the letters "W-O-R-L-" will prompt MicroSoft Word to inquire whether, by pressing the "Enter" key, the user would care to insert the whole phrase, "World Council of Churches"? One imagines that a functionary working in the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity receives a similar offer upon typing "P-O-N-T-".

Our automated dialogue with Word has grown more compelling since the WCC central committee's adoption of the "theme" for the ninth assembly in February 2006: "God, in Your Grace, Transform the World". This development became clear to the staff of The Ecumenical Review when preparing our first issue to focus on the "theme", that of July 2004 (vol. 56, no. 3). We would attempt to input the brief prayer of the Porto Alegre assembly, "God, in your grace, transform the w-o-r-l-", and the ghost of MicroSoft would slyly invite us to complete the sentence, "God, in your grace, transform the World Council of Churches". …

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