The Ecumenical Review

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Edited By: Theodore Gill

Online ISSN: 1758-6623

Associated Title(s): International Review of Mission

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The World Council of Churches

The WCC is a worldwide fellowship of churches seeking unity, a common witness and Christian service.

The WCC is the broadest and most inclusive among the many organized expressions of the modern ecumenical movement, a movement whose goal is Christian unity. The WCC brings together 349 churches, denominations and church fellowships in more than 110 countries and territories throughout the world, representing over 560 million Christians and including most of the world's Orthodox churches, scores of Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Reformed churches, as well as many United and Independent churches.

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Recently, the Vatican, the World Council of Churches and the World Evangelical Alliance issued an historic document on mission, questioning many traditional practices and agreeing on standards of integrity about such issues as coercion, cultural hegemony, and “conversion”.

The document is the result of five years of consultations by some 40 experts in ecumenical and interfaith relations in countries around the world. Entitled ‘Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World’, it contains twelve key principles plus recommendations for local churches seeking to overcome conflicts that arise as a result of aggressive missionary activities.

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The Ecumenical Movement in Africa

At the beginning of the modern ecumenical movement and in the years of formation of the WCC, Africa was considered a "mission field" with little ecclesial identity of its own. Africa came onto the "ecumenical map" in the early years of independence of its new nations and churches in the late 1950s and 1960s.

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International Review of Mission

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International Review of Mission

Now over 100 years old, the International Review of Mission, sponsored by the World Council of Churches, focuses on the ecumenical practice of mission while giving voice to other theological perspectives, such as those of Pentecostal and Evangelical missiologists.

Articles on important mission events are presented along with book reviews and a detailed bibliography of current literature from the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World.

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