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Durham University

Department of Theology and Religion


Publication details for Professor Paul D. Murray

Murray, Paul D. (2017). In Search of a Way. In The Oxford Handbook of Ecumenical Studies. Wainwright, Geoffrey & McPartlan, Paul Oxford: Oxford: OUP.

Author(s) from Durham


This chapter explores ecumenical methodology. It is organized in six sections. The first
reflects on ecumenism as a ‘method’, a ‘way’, variously understood, about which there is
a second-order methodological discourse concerning how it is best pursued. The second
reflects on the variant approaches of ‘Life and Work’ ecumenism and ‘Faith and Order’
ecumenism. The third assesses some of the strategies which have hitherto been
important in bilateral dialogue and identifies the need now for an ecumenical gearchange. The fourth section pursues this idea by focusing on a strategy which has come to
be referred to as ‘receptive ecumenism’. Following an exploration of the methodological
implications of this strategy in relation to bilateral dialogues in the fifth section, the sixth
section finally explores its implications at the level of the local church.