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Ecumenical Theology And The Unity Of The Church — A Reformed Understanding Of Ecumenical Engagement And The Unity Of The Church

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The ecumenical family has generally drawn its inspiration for doing biblical ecumenical theology from passages such as the High Priestly prayer in John 17 - especially the second part of the 11th verse and the 21st verse. There are a number of trends in ecumenical theology. One can identify two main trends: the trend that has remained faithful to working towards visible unity of the church literally; and the trend that indicates that visible unity will not be achieved in this world, and therefore the energy of theological interpretation around the unity of the church, as well as related actions, should be directed towards enhancing the spiritual unity that already exists. The Reformed family, like some other Christian world communions, reflects these two trends within itself. The unity of the church is very important, and will remain high on the agenda of the World Alliance of Reformed churches (WARC).

Keywords: ecumenical theology; High Priestly prayer; The Reformed family; unity of the church; World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC)

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