1. BRIEF HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF ECUMENICAL MOVEMENT.
1.1. Meaning of the word ‘Ecumenical’.
1.2. Four General Council of the Church.
1.2.1. Council of Nicaea 325
1.2.2. Council of Constantinople I 381
1.2.3. Council of Ephesus 431
1.2.4. Council of Chalcedon 451
1.3. The Evangelical Alliance in 1846 in London.
1.4. William Carey Proposal for Missionary Conference.
1.5. World Missionary Conference in 1910 Edinburgh.
2. MISSIONARY CONFERENCE 1910 EDINBURGH AND ITS RESULT.
2.1. Life and Work.
2.1.1. First Universal Christian on Life and Work at Stockholm in 1925 2.1.2. Second Conference at Oxford 1953
2.2. Faith and Order.
2.2.1. First Christian Conference on Faith an Order Conference at Lausanne in 1927 2.2.2. Faith and Order Conference at Edinburgh in 1937
3. UNIFICATION OF LIFE AND WORK AND FAITH AND ORDER.
3.1. Representatives of the Life and Work and the Faith and Order met in London in 1937. 3.2. Meeting at Utrecht 1938 made its Constitution.
4. FORMATION OF THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES AND ITS ROLE.
4.1. The first World Council of Churches held at Amsterdam 1948. 4.2. The second Assembly of the World Council of Churches at Evanston. 4.3. The third Assembly of World Council of Churches at New Delhi, 1961. 4.4. The fourth assembly of World Council of Churches at Uppsala at 1968. 4.5. Fifth Assembly of the World Council of Churches at Nairobi in 1975. 4.6. Sixth Assembly of the World Council of Churches Vancouver in 1983. 4.7. The Seventh Assembly of the World Council of Churches at Canberra in 1991. 4.8. The Eight Assembly of the World Council of Churches at Harare in 1998. 4.9. The Ninth assembly of World Council of Churches at Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2006.
5. REGIONAL ECUMENICAL CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS WORD
6. ROMAN CATHOLIC ATTITUDE TOWARDS ECUMENICAL MOVEMENT.
7. EVANGELICAL ATTITUTE TOWARD ECUMENICAL MOVEMENT.
8. EFFECTS AND IMPLICATION.
The world’s Christians are currently divided into three main groups: Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant. This division of the Christian Church has occurred over the years as various groups have split from the main body of believers over matters of belief and practice. In time these groups have became established and recognized as denominations within the Christian Church. However, in the Twentieth Century a movement began which sought to heal divisions amongst Christians. This is known as The Ecumenical Movement (from the Greek oikoumene meaning 'one world').The modern Ecumenical Movement began at the World Missionary Conference in Edinburgh in 1910. Originally the movement was designed to assist Christians to work together in spreading the gospel. 1. BRIEF HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF ECUMENICAL MOVEMENT.
1.1. Meaning of the word ‘Ecumenical’.
The word Ecumenical is derived from the Greek word “Oikumene” which means the whole inhabited world. The term is used in this sense in some places of the New Testament (Mt. 24:14; Acts 17:6; Heb. 2:5). In the traditional use it was applied to those creeds and councils of the church that were Universally expected in distinction from local creed and synod. Since 19th century the term has been widely used to describe the new movement towards cooperation and unity of the churches and of the Christians. As the process of that, movement has been in a state of developing the use of the term is also developing accordingly. From the Oxford conference of 1937 the term has been used in both the traditional sense concerning the relationships of the different churches and of expressing the consciousness the wholeness of the church. The statement of the central community of the World Council of Churches gave a wider meaning of the term in 1951. According to this term ecumenical is properly used to describe everything that relate to the whole task of the whole church to bring the gospel to the whole world. 1.2. Four General...