Close, but no CigarSome of you more in the loop than myself may have heard already that Wheaton 'recently' (it was last spring) fired a professor who became Catholic. I had a multitude of reactions when first reading the article: how could they do that -> man they really do have a right and resonsibility to do that -> man this sucks that things like this happen -> sounds an awful like Sanders' deal -> Ecumenism huh, still got a long way to go don't we.
Let me say that I probably like my denominationof Christianity too much, but I try not to do so. Yet one of the toughest parts of being Catholic for me is our practice of closed communion [only Christians believing in transubstantiation and apostolically connected to Rome (in the measurement of Rome) can recieve communion- this limits it to some Orthodox and few Anglicans]. Anyhow, this has always been a thorn in my side especially when my in-laws come to Mass and can't take communion. I often leave Mass those days feeling sick to my stomach, but also know I should leave feeling that way because Jesus never wanted a spilt up body.
Though I feel I've lived in the midst of quite a bit of ecumenism and this blog is an ongoing piece of that I really don't know jack about it. I'm interested in what other churches (institutional and local) are doing about ecumenism, and how they feel about it. I know the Catholic church does a lot to promote ecumism, but does an equal if not greater amount to hinder the process. In the big issues we talk about here poverty, social policy, Pat Robertson, and peace does ecumenism stack up with those?