Is ecumenism supposed to be conducted by ecumenical leaders sitting around discussing esoteric questions of doctrine, or is it Christian believers gathering together in the unity of the Spirit and proclaiming the truth of Jesus Christ?
It's both. We experience the heartbreak of division at baptisms, first communions, Confirmation, weddings, even funerals. Some of this pain (which affects our witness in communities) has been alleviated as ecumenical leaders studied worship patterns and community life in the early church.
At a congregational gathering, a physicist, a nutritionist and a pastor were conversing. Why do we often seem so uncomfortable speaking with someone from so different a background?
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