THE ECUMENICAL MOVEMENTQ and A
What is the meaning of the term, ECUMENICAL?
The term is derived from the Greek and means,
from the inhabited world,
2. What is the ECUMENICAL MOVEMENT?
, it is a movement toward union among persons andchurches calling themselves Christian.
3. What are some of the principal facts concerning disunity among Christians?
There are approximately (2007) 2,199,817,400 Christians in the world. Of thisnumber, 1,121,516,000 are Catholics, 233,146,000 are Orthodox, and 381,811,000 areProtestants. (
)Only Catholics belong to a single Church having unity of faith, worship, disciplineand government. The Orthodox, while sharing many points of belief and even practicewith Catholics. Belong to autonomous churches. Protestants belong to a great numberof denominations (some 33,000 according to
) with essentialdifferences in matters of belief, discipline and government.The ecumenical problem involves the establishment of religious unity among allof these churches and persons.
4. When did the ecumenical movement start among Protestants?
The meeting of the World Missionary Conference at Edinburgh in 1910 isregarded as its starting point although the ecumenical idea and purpose had beenstated before that time.
5. What were some of the reasons which induced Protestants to initiate ecumenical efforts?
Practical problems faced by missionaries of the various churches. Related to theconsideration of these common problems was the basic concern of churchmen andchurch members over disunity in matters of belief and practice among churches and