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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

A Directory of Ecumenical Organizations in Canada
REF BX 2 D57 2000

Ecumenical Documents, 1930-1983: a Bibliography
REF Z 7845.1 E37 1987

Ecumenism: a Bibliographical Overview
REF Z 7845.1 F34 1992

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

International Ecumenical Bibliography
REF Z 7845.1 I5 


Bringing Churches Together: a Popular Introduction to Ecumenism
BX 8.2 G67 2001

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

The Ecumenical Movement: an Anthology of Key Texts and Voices
BX 6.5 E33 1997

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

Ecumenism Today: the Universal Church in the 21st Century
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

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

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

Survey of Church Union Negotiations, 2003-2006
BX 8.2 S28 2007

The Unity We Have and the Unity We Seek: Ecumenical Prospects for the Third Millennium
BX 8.3. U658 2003

Vatican II and the Ecumenical Way
BX 830 1962 T387 2006 


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

Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
USCCB:  Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs

World Council of Churches