Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Exploring Ecumenism reviews Ecumenism Means You, Too

Chris Sissons, Development Officer for Mission and Unity with the Methodist Church of Great Britain, has posted a review of Ecumenism Means You, Too on his Exploring Ecumenism blog. Here's a couple of snippets from the review:

It is difficult to find good books about ecumenism. Too many seek to report the Faith and Order debate in tedious detail or else extol the many treasures we have to offer one another. Too often the whole becomes a litany of denominations and what they have to offer each other.

I have avoided this approach and suggest we focus upon how we approach the ecumenical task rather than tedious dissection of issues of little consequence for many people.

I therefore welcome this little book,
Ecumenism Means You, Too : Ordinary Christians and the Quest for Christian Unity by Steven R Harmon, which bucks the trend and offers a masterful summary of the case for ecumenism, does not ignore the Faith and Order debates but focuses on what is important to every Christian....

.... I will in a few future posts touch upon some insights from this book but I recommend it in its entirety because it makes a straightforward case for younger people to pick up the baton.

I should add that despite being a short and clear read, this book does not hide its scholarship. This is no attempt to water down ecumenism. Indeed it is a brilliant example of ecumenical reception, the type of reception I have argued is needed between the generations.

Interested in Ecumenism Means You, Too? Order the book directly from Cascade Books or via Amazon.

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