Ecumenism: Ministry of Togetherness

At the national level, the spirit of ecumenism has produced plenty of talk about interfaith union, but much of the real action is now taking place at the grass roots. In a number of U.S. communities, togetherness has become a reality, as churches of different denominations have cooperated to create new ecumenical parishes. Though it can take any of several forms, the ecumenical parish has behind it a basic conviction that the churches must cast aside their denominational autonomy and pool resources to meet the changing needs of community and religious life.

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