LIVING UNITY? ON THE ECUMENICAL MOVEMENT AND GLOBALISATION
AbstractThe paper is an attempt to understand and describe how processes of globalisation are impacting on the Ecumenical Movement. It argues that the Ecumenical Movement has a concern for the one world based on a normative, theological vision, nowadays often described with terms related to or derived from oikos, for the household of life in the economy of the Living Triune God (part 1). During the 20th century, both Faith and Order and Life and Work attempted to give content to this vision of unity or koinonia, albeit in diverse and sometimes conflicting ways (part 2). Since Canberra (1991) these two major ecumenical initiatives together attempted to unite their respective ecclesiological and ethical concerns in a process called “Ecclesiology and Ethics”. During three Consultations, on “Costly Unity”, “Costly Commitment” and “Costly Obedience” respectively, important implications for both church and ethics came to the fore (part 3). In the light of this process, some conclusions regarding globalisation and life in community (part 4) and implications for South African society (part 5) are drawn.
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