from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of worldwide scope or applicability; universal.
- adj. Of or relating to the worldwide Christian church.
- adj. Concerned with establishing or promoting unity among churches or religions.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- General; universal; specifically, belonging to the entire Christian church.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. concerned with promoting unity among churches or religions
- adj. of worldwide scope or applicability
It is not my use of the term ecumenical - I already admitted that I only used that term out of pure orneryness.
I think most people expect that Mr. Obama will be viewed in ecumenical circles as the most genuine, faithful candidate in the race.
A number of the principles have roots in ecumenical agreements that date back more than 50 years, noted Dr. Kinnamon, a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) minister and professor at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Mo.
For a whole generation he has also been a leading figure in ecumenical work.
Pointing to the image of Christ crucified with his arms stretched out, he called the ecumenical body to take on that same "inclusive" image, embracing everybody and sharing God's gifts with all.
For decades, the two churches have held theological discussions on trying to reunite, part of the Vatican's broader, long-term ecumenical effort to unify all Christians who have separated from Rome over the centuries.
For decades, the two churches have held theological discussions on trying to reunite, part of the Vatican's broader, long-term ecumenical effort to unify all Christians.
I’ve been involved in ecumenical activities (different Christian sects working together, promoting Christianity as a whole rather than promoting the United Free Church as being better than the Reformed Free Church …) and interfaith activities (Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Moslems, Jews and Sikhs all discussing the commonalities of faith as well as the difference) … It hasn’t hurt my faith at all.
A sense of shared generic or “Judeo-Christian,” a term invented in this period values began to emerge, and in institutional terms the ecumenical movement gathered steam.
Even so-called ecumenical gatherings between modernist birds of a feather end up drowning in a sea of meaningless words.