Definition of ecumenical
1 : worldwide or general in extent, influence, or application
2a : of, relating to, or representing the whole of a body of churchesb : promoting or tending toward worldwide Christian unity or cooperation
ecumenicallyplay \ˌe-kyə-ˈme-ni-k(ə-)lē, -kyü-\ adverb
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Founder of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, Paisley was a biblical literalist and a bitter foe of the worldwide ecumenical movement that was building bridges between the Protestant and Catholic faiths in the 1960s.
Courier-Journal An ecumenical memorial service to pay tribute to Muhammad Ali's legacy has been scheduled at the plaza next to the Muhammad Ali Center for Saturday from 8 to 9 a.m.
Activities will again continue on Sunday morning at 7 a.m. with the annual sunrise worship service complete with color guard from the Cub Scout pack from Annunciata Church and ecumenical choir.
The alternative, of course, is an ecumenical cynicism toward everyone and everything.
Bishop Newman also represented the bishops in Catholic-Jewish consultations under the committee on interreligious and ecumenical affairs.
That ecumenical gesture is characteristic of the Stetties’ cosmopolitan fervor, which extended to an active interest in the Harlem Renaissance, through their friend the critic, photographer, and patron Carl Van Vechten.
Pope Francis' trips abroad often have geopolitical or ecumenical undertones.
Francis and Tawadros will preside over an ecumenical prayer service in St. Peter’s church, the Coptic cathedral that was the site of a December suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State militants that killed 30 people.
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Origin and Etymology of ecumenical
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Definition of ecumenical for English Language Learners
: involving people from different kinds of Christian churches
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