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Definition:  Derived from the Greek term "oikoumene" meaning "the whole inhabited world," ecumenism is the desire for unity among churches and believers in Jesus Christ.  It is based on the prayer of Jesus "May They All Be One."  John 17:20-21. 


Suggested subject headings to use in a search:

  • Christian union
  • Ecumenical movement
  • World Council of Churches


See also under individual denominations - Relations

e.g.  Catholic Church - Relations - Anglican Communion
        Orthodox Eastern Church - Relations - Catholic Church 


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Dictionary of the Ecumenical Movement
REF 8.2 D5 2002

Handbook of Churches and Councils: Profiles of Ecumenical Relationships
REF BX 6 W78 W6 2006

Historical Dictionary of Ecumenical Christianity
REF BX 6.3 V36 1994


Agreeable Agreement: an Examinaton of the Quest for Consensus in Ecumenical Dialogue
BX8.3 H54 2010

Celebrating a Century of Ecumenism
BX8.3 C45 2011

Deepening Communion: International Ecumenical Documents with Roman Catholic Participation
BX 1784 C373 1998

Directory of the Application of Principles and Norms on Ecumenism
BX 1784 C37 1993

Ecumenical Christian Dialogues and the Catechism of the Catholic Church
BX1784 E32 2006

Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialaogue: Unitatis Redintegratio, Nostra Aetate
BX 8.3. E28 2008

Growth in Agreement III: International Dialogue Texts and Agreed Statements, 1998-2005
BX 8.2 A1 G762 2007

Growth in Agreement II: Reports and Agreed Statements of Ecumenical Conversations on a World Level, 1982-1998
BX 8.2 A1 G761 2000

Joint Working Group Between the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches, Eighth Report, 1999-2005
BX 1785 J66 2005

Looking Towards a Church Fully Reconciled: the final report of thre Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (1983-2005)
BX5004.2 L66 2016

No Turning Back: The Future of Ecumenism
BX1785 O34 2014

Orthodox Visions of Ecumenism: Statements, Messages, and Reports of the Ecumenical Movement, 1902-1992
BX 324 O773 1994

Receptive Ecumenism and the Call to Catholic Learning
BX1783 R43 2008

Rome and Canterbury: the Elusive Search for Unity
BX 5928 R43 2007

That They May Be One: Ut Unum Sint
BX1785 J6513 1995a



Centro Pro Unione Bulletin

Ecumenical Bulletin

Ecumenical Courier

Ecumenical Letter on Evangelism

Ecumenical News International

Ecumenical Press Service

Ecumenical Review

Ecumenical Trends




Information Service (The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity)

Journal of Ecumenical Studies

One in Christ

One World

Pro Dialogo 



To find scholarly articles in journals, magazines or newspapers you will need to use one or more online index or database.

For Ecumenism, we suggest:

ATLA Religion Database (American Theological Library Association)

Catholic Periodical and Literature Index

Religion and Philosophy Collection 



Canadian Centre for Ecumenism

Canadian Council of Churches

CCCB: Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews and Interfaith Dialogue

Centro Pro Unione

Ecumenism In Canada

Nostra Aetate: Today and the demands of the future
Features 43 video interviews with religious leaders around the world. Produced by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

Together in Christ - Lutherans and Catholics Commemorating the Reformation

USCCB:  Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs

World Council of Churches



updated October 2017