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The Reception of Receptive Ecumenism

Ryan, Gregory A.

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Receptive Ecumenism (re) has been presented as a distinctive ecumenical approach for nearly fifteen years, and it is eight years since Paul Avis asked the critical question, ‘Are we Receiving Receptive Ecumenism?’ The main part of this essay addresses that question by surveying the different ways in which re has been received in the academy, in ecumenical bodies, and in the life of the churches. A shorter section then outlines a proposal for viewing re in a wider ecclesiological context, rather than simply as an ecumenical practice. The essay primarily focuses on resources developed since 2012 in order to assess the breadth and depth of contemporary reception of re, and potential future developments.


Ryan, G. A. (2021). The Reception of Receptive Ecumenism. Ecclesiology: The Journal for Ministry, Mission and Unity, 17(1), 7-28.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 21, 2020
Online Publication Date Apr 15, 2021
Publication Date 2021
Deposit Date Oct 21, 2020
Publicly Available Date Oct 29, 2021
Journal Ecclesiology
Print ISSN 1744-1366
Electronic ISSN 1745-5316
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue 1
Pages 7-28


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