Ecumenical dialogue requires a methodology to move from disagreement to consensus.
Course code: METH4
The aim of this methodology is to allow participants to avoid the pitfalls of terminological confusion and to understand how to move from initial convergence to practical agreements. Ecumenical methods also include the understanding of ecumenical guidelines and the ‘art’ of drafting joint statements. This is a multi-disciplinary course whose objective is to provide practical and innovative perspectives for all those interested in ecumenical progress, both locally and through formal institutional mechanisms.
This module is based on a selection of readings (approximately 50 pages per week) which are structured in seven blocks, each covering two weeks. Beginning with an exposition of ecumenical Christian ethics and its historical development, the programme will then explore various contributions and perspectives relevant to methods in ecumenical dialogue.
Course objectives :
Upon completion, it is expected that the student will be familiar with the following topics and
- Critical thinking
- Agreed terminology
- Binding / Non‐Binding agreements
- Personal dimensions of Ecumenical Methods
- Agreed Statements
- Communicative Action
- Denominational guidelines and methods