Journal of Ecumenical Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 48, No. 2, Spring

Deeper Meanings of Dialogue Today
We all know that the English word "dialogue" comes from the Greek, "dialogos." We easily make the connection between the "logos" part of the word with the term "logic," the process of correct thinking. In fact, if we reflect just a little, we will...
Do We Need a Vatican III or an Eighth Ecumenical Council?
When a newly elected Angelo Roncalli, as Pope John XXIII, declared in January, 1959, that he was convoking a council for his church, there were at least two reactions. First, within the Roman Catholic Church there was a response of genuine surprise....
Introduction to the NAAE 2012 Presentations: "The Ecumenical Legacy of the Second Vatican Council, 50 Years Later"
As did many theological gatherings during 201:2, the annual conference of the North American Academy of Ecumenists celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65). At its meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, September...
Mary and Muhammad: Bearers of the Word-Their Roles in Divine Revelation
Introduction In the religious traditions of Christianity and Islam, the Absolute enters the relative in order to enlighten all men and women, guiding them on the straight path (as-sirat al-mustaqim in Arabic, signifying the path that most pleases...
Memories of Vatican II
When I was invited to talk about personal memories of Vatican II, a question arose: Am I the sole surviving guest at Vatican II from North America? As a rule, Protestant, Anglican, and Orthodox communions appointed senior persons to the role of...
Reader Response to the Winter, 2013, Issue
The Winter, 2013, issue was so fraught with interest that this writer would like to respond briefly to no fewer than six articles, beginning with those of Nicholas E. Denysenko (1) and Jonathan Martin Ciraulo, (2) which complement each other so well....
Sakinah and Shekinah: One Word with Two Perspectives
"Sakinah" is a very important word/concept in both Islamic and Jewish thought. In Islamic thought, it refers to the tranquility, serenity, and peace of mind that results when a believer becomes totally aware of God's nearby presence. Although Sakinah...
Tawhid and Homoousios: Narrowing the Gaps between Muslim and Christian Understanding of God's Divine Oneness
Given contemporary discussion on two apparently opposed yet fundamental principles--Christianity's Trinity and Islam's tawhid, it might be worthwhile reflecting upon the nature of Divine Oneness and Unity and how this touches upon the subject of religious...
The Ecumenical Legacy of the Second Vatican Council: A Disciples Perspective
I. Introduction It was a real honor to be asked by the planning committee of the North American Academy of Ecumenists to offer a presentation during the 2012 Conference in Halifax on the ecumenical legacy of the Second Vatican Council from my perspective...
The Ecumenical Legacy of the Second Vatican Council: Reflections of an Accidental Ecumenist
My mother used to remind me that my ecumenical and interfaith interests were already apparent in my childhood as I, a Methodist, tried to understand the religious differences present in our predominantly Roman Catholic and Jewish neighborhood in suburban...
The Legacy of the Second Vatican Council: An Orthodox Perspective
Perhaps the greatest legacy of the Second Vatican Council is that there is a legacy. The events stemming from the council have in many ways surpassed it in importance. Or, to put it another way, the council became so much more than simply the documents...
The Second Vatican Council: The Legacy Viewed through Methodist Eyes
From a Methodist viewpoint the most precise legacy from the Second Vatican Council resides in the bilateral dialogue to which the then-Secretariat for Christian Unity invited the World Methodist Council. The Roman invitation came in 1966, and the dialogue...
Truly Human: Maurice Friedman's Last Lecture
"We only become truly human in genuine dialogue with others." --Maurice Friedman What if you had spent more than sixty years studying/thinking/teaching/mentoring/writing, only to have one last lecture (and that just seven minutes in length) to...
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