I was pleased to see our own prodigious church planter Sam Desocio write a little something about being ecumenical over at his blog.
He summarizes the problem,
Add to this the postmodern view of personal truth and we seem to have come upon quite a challenge for the people of God. On a continental level this leaves us glad-handing with other Christians, while crossing our fingers as they speak about unity. On a local level it leaves many Christians one or two topics away from yet again moving churches.
People talk about the American church, but at what point do we reach a critical turn where the universal nature of the church is so neglected that it becomes almost impossible to interact with any group larger than a few dozen. Is Protestant ecumenism little more than the admittance that other traditions might be part of the True Church?
This is a topic that every minister has to address. So I’m curious what you, our Vintage 73 readers, have done to foster ecumenical relationships in your towns and cities.
- Are you a part of a minister’s association? Why or why not?
- With whom would you do a pulpit swap?
- Do you participate in community wide “religious” services or events?
- Are there any cross-denominational friendships that you prize?