From its very beginning, the ecumenical movement has been composed of two equally important elements: official, doctrinal ecumenism and spiritual ecumenism. Doctrinal ecumenism happens mainly among theologians and church leaders, but spiritual ecumenism involves every believer. It’s this conviction that lies behind the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Spiritual ecumenism includes all kinds of initiatives in which Christians from different churches meet to pray and proclaim the gospel together—without any intention of proselytizing and with people remaining completely faithful to their churches.
I have been blessed to participate in many of these meetings. One of them remains particularly vivid in my mind because it was like a...
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