1. (Christianity) the doctrine of the ecumenical movement that promotes cooperation and better understanding among different religious denominations: aimed at universal Christian unity
  2. a movement promoting union between religions (especially between Christian churches)
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How To Use ecumenism In A Sentence

  • Three religious responses are discerned: fundamentalism, syncretism, and ecumenism.
  • An immersion experience at the Irish School of Ecumenics offers theological study, a European view of ecumenism, and insight into the possibilities and pitfalls of conciliative efforts.
  • As irrevocably committed as the Catholic Church is to ecumenism, I cannot imagine the Magisterium ever endorsing the demotion of defined dogmas to the status of venerable opinion.
  • Unfortunately, there are some who wish to proclaim the Gospel but who think ecumenism is contrary to that task; there are also some who talk endlessly about unity but never want to address essential differences and difficulties. Ecumenism
  • One way to address the problem would be to replace an ecumenism of theological dialogues with an ecumenism of ecumenical practical cooperation.
  • Good ecumenism is not a C.S. Lewisian reduction of Christianity to an arbitrary set of “mere” attributes in order to achieve unity. Archive 2007-02-01
  • The present out and out secularism of the state could prove to be a stimulus to genuine ecumenism.
  • But if we allow "ecumenism" to become a code word for "You do your thing and I do mine," we're in trouble. Archive 2007-11-01
  • For decades, its craven instinct for appeasement and its insane preoccupation with ecumenism has undermined the Church it is charged to defend.
  • But baptism is only the beginning, for it "seeks for the attainment of the fullness of life in Christ" (Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms on Ecumenism, n. 92), and thus for the common reception of Christ in the Eucharist. Television
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