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Lutherans and Pentecostals in Dialogue

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In: Pneuma
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Cristina Grenholm Church of Sweden Sweden Uppsala

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Johannes Habib Zeiler Church of Sweden, Central Office Sweden Uppsala

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Ulrik Josefsson Academy for Leadership and Theology Sweden Jönköping

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Abstract

This article provides an analysis of the ongoing ecumenical conversation between Lutherans and Pentecostals in Sweden. The material used in the article consists of written documents combined with references to the experiences from the participants in the dialogue. The aim of the article is threefold: first, to describe the setting, development, and character of the conversation; second, to analyze the contents of the conversation with a focus on the theme of pneumatology; and third, to relate this analysis to the ongoing international Lutheran-Pentecostal dialogue. A theoretical reference point is the growing field of receptive ecumenism, which is described as a third way of ecumenism. One result from this study is that more consensus is reached in areas of societal ministry and advocacy than concerning doctrinal issues. The analysis shows deep ecumenical ambitions built on trust but also reveals some difficulties on the path toward Christian unity.

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