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Durham University

Centre for Catholic Studies

About Receptive Ecumenism

The diagnostic task of Receptive Ecumenism is undergirded by several methodological principles:

  1. To recognize that in becoming all that we are called to be, we must own the responsibility that we can only change ourselves rather than others, that we are being resourced for this, and that this task takes time.
  2. To learn from and across our denominational differences in a mutually enriching way that fosters growth within traditions by finding the beauty of another tradition’s focus.
  3. To summon churches to return to their core callings in fresh ways that appropriately cohere with the form and patterns of received tradition.
  4. To engage a future-oriented understanding of the Christian tradition as a dynamic web that is open to growth and change.
  5. To emphasize that the ecclesial dimension of conversion includes the ongoing development of the organizational, structural, cultural, and practical aspects of the church.
  6. To embrace the unilateral willingness of ecclesial conversion for the sake of the ongoing flourishing of one’s own tradition in love.
  7. The church is always in the service of the truth of Christ’s Kingdom, which must be lived out with attentive hospitality of the life and flourishing of other traditions.
  8. To call churches to grow visibly together in structural and sacramental unity with the Triune God.

Although our differences now appear insuperable, we hope in God’s eventual unfolding success, which will continue to open up new possibilities to help us overcome currently communion-dividing differences towards greater life and maturity