Saturday, January 26, 2013

Sarah Hinlicky Wilson plugs Ecumenism Means You, Too in interview

The Christian Leadership Center of the University of Mary in Bismark, North Dakota has posted the interview "Sarah Hinlicky Wilson on Ecumenism" on its web site. At the conclusion of the interview Wilson, a Lutheran minister serving as Assistant Research Professor at the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France, says this:

The best on-the-ground idea I’ve heard for ecumenism comes from Steve Harmon’s little book, Ecumenism Means You, Too. He suggests that, in addition to your commitment to your own church family, you get to know another one, too—sort of like having a major and a minor. You can’t fix all the divisions all at once, but you can become a real bridge between two families of faith, mutually translating between the two and curing your own parochialism in the process. Ephesians 2:14 says that Christ “has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility,” so as Christ-bearers ourselves, I think we are called to make the unity happen in our own bodies, too. That happens when we put our bodies in two different churches, give our voices to praise in them both, consume the holy supper with our mouths in them both, serve the needy with our hands in them both.

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