The Collaborative Movement By All Divisions Of The Christian Faith

1535 Words May 7th, 2015 7 Pages
In itself, ecumenism is the collaborative movement by all divisions of the Christian faith to move into a single body. The ecumenical movement has encountered challenges in various ways, such as the multiple truths found in the multitude of denominations. In order to move forward, the ecumenical movement must contend with influences through public and political opinion. These influences have not only swayed the opinion of the Church, but has redefined these truths from their former meanings. Therefore, the Church must reinforce these truths, and urges its members to adhere to them.
Ecumenism, and the ecumenical movement came to be as a result of the Roman Catholic
Church 's attempts to reconcile with other Christians who had become divided over assorted theological issues. The real beginning of the movement has its ties to the 1920 encyclical, "To the Churches of Christ Everywhere," written Patriarch Germanos of Constantinople, of whom was the head of the Eastern Orthodox Church at the time. In the encyclical, the Patriarch calls for a "fellowship of churches", which was an analogy to the then-League of Nations (now the United
Nations).
Nathan Söderblom, the Archbishop of Uppsala and head of the Swedish Lutheran
Church, is known as the 'architect ' of the 20th century ecumenical movement. During the First
World War, he called for Christian leaders to work for peace and justice, also leading the
Christian "Life and Work" movement of the 1920s, which spawned his reputation as…

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