ecumenical

adjective
ec·u·men·i·cal | \ ˌe-kyə-ˈme-ni-kəl , -kyü- \

Definition of ecumenical 

1a : of, relating to, or representing the whole of a body of churches

b : promoting or tending toward worldwide Christian unity or cooperation

2 : worldwide or general in extent, influence, or application

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ecumenically \ˌe-kyə-ˈme-ni-k(ə-)lē, -kyü- \ adverb

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Adding to these theological obstacles, the last half-century has witnessed sociological and cultural trends unfavorable to the ecumenical movement. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Have the Culture Wars Killed Christian Unity?," 19 June 2018 Francis hosted the daylong ecumenical service in the Adriatic port city of Bari, considered a religious bridge between East and West and home to the relics of St. Nicholas, an important saint in the Orthodox Christian world. Washington Post, "Pope denounces ‘murderous indifference’ by powers in Mideast," 7 July 2018 Francis hosted the daylong ecumenical service in the symbolically rich Adriatic port city of Bari, considered a bridge between east and west and home to the relics of St. Nicholas, an important saint in the Orthodox world. Trisha Thomas And Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Pope and Orthodox patriarchs pray for Mideast Christians," 7 July 2018 Fellowship Southwest, an ecumenical faith organization, organized the protest to pray for the families separated by the Trump administration’s policies. Todd Heisler, New York Times, "A Long Journey North for Migrants That May End Where It Started," 30 June 2018 Francis pitched for greater togetherness at an ecumenical prayer service hosted by the World Council of Churches, which is marking its 70th anniversary this year. Fox News, "Pope, in Geneva, says Christians can work together on peace," 22 June 2018 Since the early 1960s, the bassist Buster Williams has positioned himself comfortably along the divide between swinging hard bop and ecumenical fusion. New York Times, "15 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 7 June 2018 That’s what church congregations in New England and elsewhere have been told from the pulpit by advocates for the ecumenical Christian group. Brian Macquarrie, BostonGlobe.com, "Leading hunger relief charity challenged on its claim of low costs," 2 June 2018 Between 1962 and 1965, leaders in the worldwide Catholic Church convened the Second Vatican Council, the first ecumenical meeting of its kind in 100 years. Bonnie L. Cook, Philly.com, "Sister Elizabeth Fitzmaurice, 87, educator and administrator," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of ecumenical

circa 1587, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for ecumenical

Late Latin oecumenicus, from Late Greek oikoumenikos, from Greek oikoumenē the inhabited world, from feminine of oikoumenos, present passive participle of oikein to inhabit, from oikos house — more at vicinity

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: involving people from different kinds of Christian churches

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