Journal of Ecumenical Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 3, Summer

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GERMANY Okumenische Rundschan (Frankfurt am Main) A special issue on "Gabe und Rechtfertigung" (Vol. 60, No. 2 [2011]) includes the following articles: Hans-Christoph Askani, "Rechtfertigung und Gabe," pp. 139-154. Jurgen Werbick, "Selbst-Gegebenheit...
Grassroots Identity, Hospitality, and Accountability
For the images with which I begin I am indebted to Martin Bell in his book The Way of the Wolf. "To be human is to be hungry. All children are hungry. They are born hungry. Most children are always hungry. Some children are starving. It is terrifying...
Humankind from the Age of Monologue to the Age of Global Dialogue
I. Background (1) When one reads general history, one finds it often said that our time is very new, that it used to be such and such, but now it is different, that our time is, usually, the worst ever. Of course, if this were really true year after...
Identity, Accountability, Hospitality
The Ecclesial Future Humphrey Lyttelton, the English jazz musician, wit, and raconteur, was once asked if he knew where jazz was going. He replied, "If I knew where jazz was going, then I would be there already." Lyttelton's quip makes two interesting...
Ingestion and Gestation: Peacemaking, the Lord's Supper, and the Theotokos in the Mennonite-Anabaptist and Eastern Orthodox Traditions
I. Introduction On November 14, 2009, a Mennonite-Orthodox dialogue took place at Sunnyside Mennonite Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on the topic of "The Eucharist and Peacemaking," in which I participated, along with Dr. John Rempel, Professor...
Introduction: The Dynamic and Hospitable Interaction with the Church
The 2011 Conference of the North American Academy of Ecumenists, held in Allentown, PA, September 23-25, focused on the themes of the 2006 interim text that came out of the World Council of Churches' Ninth Assembly in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Called to...
Lessons from Zeitoun: A Marian Proposal for Christian-Muslim Dialogue
In a 1999 article examining Christian-Muslim relations in modern Egypt, David Zeidan made the following observation: History registers the existence of two religious communities in Egypt for over thirteen centuries, sharing in the same Egyptian-Arab-Islamic...
Mutual Accountability: Building Together on the Achievements of the Ecumenical Movement
Introduction The theme of this year's NAAE assembly is inspired by the statement of the Ninth Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC): "Called to Be the One Church." In this essay I will first reflect on that statement and some of its features,...
On Truthtelling in Christian-Muslim Relations
Honesty in Admitting Atrocities Despite great advances in ecumenism and interreligious dialogue, which has progressed to such an extent that some even dare to call ours the "Age of Dialogue," we must face the fact that there is an enormous amount...
"Receive One Another ...": Honoring the Relationship between Hospitality and Christian Unity
I remember driving thirty-five miles on a Saturday afternoon at the invitation of a denomination that, for purposes of discretion, shall remain nameless. I had been invited to attend a worship service during the denomination's annual meeting. I was...
Remembering Dirk Willems: Memory and History in the Future of Ecumenical Relationships
Introduction In 2007, as then-president of Mennonite World Conference (MWC), I led an MWC delegation to the Vatican at the invitation of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU). Early in our week-long visit, our delegation was...
The Ever-Elusive Self: Response to Jayarava Attwood
The Spring, 2012, issue of J.E.S. included my short essay, "Personalist Spirituality and Buddhist Anatman: Reflections on Contrasting Subjectivities, or Why I Am Not (Quite) (Yet) a Buddhist," (1) as well as a response to my essay by Jayarava Attwood,...
The Protestant-Jewish Conundrum
The Protestant-Jewish Conundrum. Edited by Jonathan Frankel and Ezra Mendelsohn. Studies in Contemporary Jewry, an Annual 24. The Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Oxford, U.K., and New York: Oxford...
Toward Ecumenical Unity: An Analysis and Preliminary Proposal
Introduction This essay examines the prospect of ecumenical unity in light of issues pertaining to ecclesial identity, mutual accountability, and hospitality. I offer a hypothesis that, apart from the trajectory of hospitality, the constructs of...
Transforming Relations: Essays on Jews and Christians throughout History-In Honor of Michael A. Signer
Transforming Relations: Essays on Jews and Christians throughout History--In Honor of Michael A. Signer. Edited by Franklin T. Harkins. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2010. Pp. 476. $50.00. Perspectives on Our Father Abraham: Essays...
Were All the Pharisees "Hypocrites"?
The Pharisees are often described in severe and disparaging terms in the Second Testament. The evangelist Mark labeled the Pharisees hypocrites (Mk. 7:6), applying to them a verse from Isaiah, pointing to the double standards of those who pretend to...
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