What Does ‘Ecumenism’ Mean? Useful Resources for Further Study

The word “ecumenism” is frequently used in its negative sense—that is, an attempt to remove or weaken doctrinal differences between Christian denominations, with the ultimate goal of bringing about the unity of all Christians.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church has long warned of the dangers of this type of ecumenism, and is careful to guard against any engagement with other religious groups that could dilute or compromise the church’s distinctive identity and mission.

Yet, the word “ecumenism” has a broader meaning. For more than 100 years, the Adventist Church has actively sought to engage people of influence in society, both to share who Adventists are, and to support the mission activities of our church. This work is deeply rooted in both the theology and mission of Adventism.

For those who wish to study more on this topic, we’ve compiled a list of resources—some from our own website, and some from other church websites.

Understanding Interfaith and Interchurch Relations

By Ganoune Diop

Adventists and the Ecumenical Movement

By Bert B. Beach

Adventists and Ecumenical Conversation

By Ángel Manuel Rodríguez

Is the General Conference Involved in Ecumenism?

By John Graz