Saint John the
514: Ecumenism (3CH)
This course invites students to approach theology from an
ecumenical perspective. It includes an overview of denominational
traditions within the Christian Church and an introduction to interfaith
dialogue. The course explores the work of the modern ecumenical movement
to overcome divisions among and within churches and to make more visible
the god-given unity of the church through dialogue, advocacy and action
for the common good.
At the conclusion of this class, in your final paper you will
demonstrate these abilities and skills in theological studies:
your ability to use a consistent methodology in your theologizing
process especially as you articulate your own theology of ecumenism.
your awareness of the effects of history and culture on
theological development by presenting the historical development and
theological underpinnings of your own jurisdiction's participation
your competence in the understanding and expression of your own
jurisdiction's understanding of ecumenism through research, written
expression and discussion with other jurisdictions.
your ability to read critically in the areas of ecumenism and to
develop the habit of reflection to gain new insights.
Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry. Geneva: World Council of
Christian Confessions: A Historical Introduction. Louisville:
Westminster John Knox.
and Farrell, Susan, ed. Still Believing: Jewish, Christian and
Muslim Women Affirm Their Faith. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2005.
The Vision of the Ecumenical Movement and How It Has Been
Impoverished by Its Friends. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2003
How did we get from "one" to "so many?"
Do these "provincial" churches have different theologies?
How do churches develop theologies?
Readings: Campbell - entire book.
Select a topic for your final paper and begin research.
"ecumenical effort" from within your own jurisdiction and do
extensive research on its history, development and its current
status. Expose its content and do an evaluative reflection on the
Choose a major ecumenical "dialogue" and report on its history
and its development, expose its content and do an evaluative
reflection on the entire enterprise.
Do a final reflective synthesis incorporating these elements:
What have I learned or am learning about ecumenism as a person and
future minister from within my own jurisdiction; Why is an
ecumenical consciousness important to the "Church" and to the quest
for peace and justice within the world; what are my goals in
relationship to ecumenism.
Differences among the "Provincial Churches"
Readings: Kinnamon - entire book.
Overview of the Christian Ecumenical Movement
Theology of Ecumenism
Principles of Ecumenism
Reception and Perception
World Council of Churches
Status of Ecumenical Dialogues
Anglican, Lutheran, Roman and Autocephaleous Catholic Churches
African American Churches
Evangelical and Pentecostal Churches
Readings: Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry - entire book
Write a five-page reflection on your experiences in another
4. What about
Future of Ecumenism
Pastoral Issues - Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry
Readings: Erickson and Farrell - entire book.
Reflection Assignment Due
Assignment: PowerPoint Presentation on the status of current
Interfaith dialogues. Who's talking and who isn't.
Ecumenism a Reality
Final Paper Due