Young ecumenists address new realities of global movement

By agency reporter
March 1, 2016

A new generation of ecumenical Christians has engaged preeminent issues of contemporary global Christianity in a new publication from Globethics.

The new volume, edited by David Field and Jutta Koslowski, probes themes and questions explored at the World Council of Churches (WCC) 10th Assembly, held in Busan, Republic of Korea, in 2013.

The work stems from the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute (GETI), a gathering in Korea of 200 students from 60 different countries and 80 different denominations, along with another 200 from Korea before and during the assembly. The institute afforded an opportunity for students to learn about the history and present of the ecumenical movement, encounter Christians from a variety of confessional and regional areas, and interact with assembly delegates at the assembly itself.

The GETI participants tackle a full range of current topics in the 15 chapters of the volume, ranging from the radically altered picture of global Christianity at the beginning of the 21st century to the evolving understandings of unity and mission, and the sharp challenges to justice and peace presented by ongoing division in Korea, migration, human rights and religious freedom.

The volume, entitled Prospects and Challenges for the Ecumenical Movement in the 21st Century: Insights from the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute, ed., David Field and Jutta Koslowski, is number 12 in the Global Series.

Globethics is a partner of WCC Publications, the book publishing programme of the World Council of Churches. It facilitates global Christianity’s “alternative voice” and enhances the larger visibility and cultural presence of the ecumenical movement.

* A digital copy of Prospects and Challenges is available here

* The World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world. An ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, by the end of 2012 the WCC had 345 member churches representing more than 500 million Christians from Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other traditions in over 110 countries. The WCC works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church.

* World Council of Churches


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