United and uniting churches

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United and uniting churches have made a very significant contribution to the ecumenical movement. In seeking to assess that contribution, the chapter first defines what these churches are, considers the different types of union that have been created, examines the characteristics of these churches, and looks at the theological rationale for them. It goes on to trace the history of their formation from the beginning of the nineteenth century, and particularly during the years leading up to and following the Third Assembly of the World Council of Churches at New Delhi in 1961, under the influence of Lesslie Newbigin. Giving a theological assessment, it emphasizes that the existence of these churches, despite difficulties, provides places where the final unity of Christ’s one body is most clearly foreshadowed. They will always present proleptic visions of that goal.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford handbook of ecumenical studies
EditorsGeoffrey Wainwright, Paul McPartlan
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780199600847
Publication statusPublished - May 2021

Publication series

NameOxford Handbooks Online
PublisherOxford University Press


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