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presented in 1964 by Ecumenical
Patriarch Athenagoras to Pope Paul VI
For M.Div. students at Gardner-Webb, the course will fulfill the Historical/Theological Studies Electives requirement for the Pastoral Studies concentration and the General Electives requirement for all concentrations. The course is also open to transient students who are enrolled in a degree program at another institution and wish to arrange transfer credit, as well as to non-degree students and registered auditors.
By the course's conclusion, students should be able to meet these objectives:
- Be familiar with the broad outlines of the history of ecclesial divisions and efforts to overcome them.
- Consider the current divisions of the church in light of the biblical imperative for Christian unity.
- Articulate a theological rationale for ecumenical engagement.
- Offer informed responses to some of the key proposals and agreements of the modern ecumenical movement.
- Appreciate the quest for Christian unity as central to the task of congregational ministry.
- Propose concrete practices of grassroots ecumenical engagement.
- Michael Kinnamon, The Ecumenical Movement: An Anthology of Key Texts and Voices (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 1997)
- Steven R. Harmon, Ecumenism Means You, Too: Ordinary Christians and the Quest for Christian Unity (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2010)
- Walter Cardinal Kasper, That They May All Be One: The Call to Unity Today (London/New York: Burns & Oates, 2004)
- William G. Rusch, Ecumenical Reception: Its Challenge and Opportunity (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2007)
- John H. Armstrong, Your Church Is Too Small: Why Unity in Christ's Mission is Vital to the Future of the Church (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010)
- Michael Kinnamon, Can a Renewal Movement Be Renewed? Questions for the Future of Ecumenism (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2014)
Gardner-Webb divinity students will register through the usual process. Students at other institutions wishing to arrange transfer credit should confer with their academic dean early in the process and contact Kheresa Harmon, Director of Admissions for the School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb, for information about application procedures for transient students (email@example.com; 704-406-3205). Others interested in taking the course as non-degree students or registered auditors should contact Kheresa Harmon as well. Applications from prospective students for the course not currently enrolled at Gardner-Webb will need to be received by December 1, 2014.