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. 57, No. 3, July

Be Careful What You Pray For
"God, in your grace, transform the world" is an assembly theme in the form of a prayer. But what would happen if that prayer were answered? Our immediate reaction might be to rejoice. The world does need to be transformed. The monstrous evil of...
Challenged to Open Our Eyes to Bear Witness
The theme of the World Council of Churches' ninth assembly, "God, in your grace, transform the world," is a profound prayer of faith and hope in God who gratuitously and continually leads the Christian to personal renewal and conversion, and uses the...
Culture, Identity and Church Unity
In August 1971 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, gave the following presentation as a member of the WCC-administered Faith and Order Commission at its meeting in Louvain, Belgium. The commission was reviewing a report on "The Unity...
Editorial
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...
Effervescent Diversity: Religions and Churches in Brazil Today
The make-up of the Brazil delegation to the funeral of Pope John Paul II attracted some attention. Not only were representatives of politics and of the Catholic church invited to take part but also representatives of the various religions and churches...
God's Grace and Human Dignity
Paradoxically, when we speak of grace we must also speak of sin. And in Latin America, talking about sin involves not only the personal dimension but, above all, its social dimension: injustice, violence, wars. In Latin America, it is not possible...
God's Grace: A New Beginning in the Midst of the Scars of History
Reformation day, 30 October 2005, marks the official reopening of the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) in Dresden. For me, as for many Germans, this is a sign of the grace of God. Built between 1726 and 1743, the church was a monument of Lutheran...
Harare to Porto Alegre-And Beyond?
World Council of Churches assemblies have always been colourful and lively events, and it is likely that the ninth assembly to take place 14-23 February in Porto Alegre, Brazil, will be just such a gathering. With Brazil as host country, the highest...
Labouring for God's Transformation
This theme is a prayer that speaks to many people in various ways. To Palestinian Christians, it communicates five important messages, each of them essential in the movement towards the transformation of our communities and the world. 1. It is a...
Looking to Porto Alegre
The guiding light for the WCC's meeting in Porto Alegre is the assembly theme "God, in your grace, transform the world." I've been invited to ponder whatever I like and how I like about the theme and the assembly. I don't pretend to be able to do more...
Partnership in Transformation
The theme for the World Council of Churches' ninth assembly invites us to return to and reappropriate the resources of prayer. In the Bible, prayer is infused into the partnership between God and human beings. Thus, to pray is not to shift responsibility...
The Assembly Theme: A Patristic Approach
Today's world is a maelstrom of changes and transformations characterized above all else by its essentially multiform nature. These many convulsions, as may be observed, come one after another and have one outstanding feature: the giddy pace driving...
The Ways of God's Grace
We look to God for the strength, wisdom and courage to change the world. We pray to God to renew our hope and nourish our spirits so that we might be able to be partners in transforming the world. We reach to God to feel love and comfort, so that when...