ec·​u·​men·​i·​cal | \ ˌe-kyə-ˈme-ni-kəl How to pronounce ecumenical (audio) , -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 How to pronounce ecumenical (audio) , -​kyü-​ \ adverb

Examples of ecumenical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Independence Presbyterian Church will offer an ecumenical blessing of the animals at 10 a.m. Oct. 2 on the bandstand at Independence Public Square on Brecksville Road. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 29 Sep. 2021 Our internal church discussions should follow the same rules as our ecumenical dialogue: Disagreements should lead to fuller knowledge and improvements and ultimately consensus. The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Sep. 2021 The statement comes as part of the 2021 Season of Creation, an ecumenical push to protect and advocate for the whole of creation. Elizabeth Fernandez, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 The ecumenical spirit that inspired the building’s unique architecture lives on inside it. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Aug. 2021 The ecumenical body, while comprising both Protestant and Orthodox communions, was often seen as a project of liberal Protestantism, and Mr. Kishkovsky sought to bridge divides not only between denominations but between ideologies., 6 Aug. 2021 Maenza and Haider met for the first time in person at a reception following an ecumenical prayer service lamenting the reconversion of the Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, 19 July 2021 In 2013, the ecumenical ministry received the Governor’s Cup Award as an exemplary service project to the local community. The Enquirer, 13 July 2021 The ecumenical operation works quietly with the help of other pastors and nonprofits in Reynosa, volunteers from as far away as Indiana, and farmers who donate food and other nonperishable items to the nonprofit. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, 9 July 2021

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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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“Ecumenical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ecumenical

: involving people from different kinds of Christian churches

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