Doing theology ecumenically

Some African perspectives on ecumenical theology

Authored by: Teddy Chalwe Sakupapa

The Routledge Handbook of African Theology

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138092303
eBook ISBN: 9781315107561
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315107561-16

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Abstract

The 20th century has been hailed as an ecumenical century. In protestant theological circles, this period was largely characterized by an ecumenical excitement evident in diverse ecumenical networks and conversations, most notably through the auspices of the World Council of Churches (WCC). However, the literature on the ecumenical movement in the 21st century has been punctuated by commentary on the so-called ecumenical winter. 1 This is notwithstanding the remarkable outcomes of institutional ecumenism through ecumenical dialogues at both multilateral and bilateral levels 2 as well as cooperation amongst churches in matters of Faith and Order, 3 mission, 4 the social responsibility of the church, theological education, 5 and church unity. Within the African context, recent contributions on ecumenism pay attention to the impact of changing religious (ecclesial) landscapes on ecumenism in Africa and the significance of local forms of ecumenism. 6

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