By Michael Kinnamon

There is not any doubt that ecumenism occupies a well-known position within the historical past of the church within the 20th century: numerous church buildings were renewed via come across with Christian sisters and brothers in different confessions and cultures. however it isn't really transparent that this ecumenical impulse will proceed to determine prominently within the church’s story.

during this ebook Michael Kinnamon argues that the ecumenical move, which has given such power and course to the church, has to be reconceived in a fashion that offers renewing strength for the church during this period — and he indicates how this would ensue. He names the issues with ecumenism, identifies strengths and accomplishments upon which the church now can construct, and indicates sensible, concrete steps we will soak up the path of revitalization, particularly on the neighborhood level.

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