Receptive Ecumenism and the Renewal of the Ecumenical Movement

The Path of Ecclesial Conversion


Receptive Ecumenism is a ground-breaking new ecumenical approach, widely regarded as having the potential to revitalise the Ecumenical Movement. But what is Receptive Ecumenism? Why is it important? In Receptive Ecumenism and the Renewal of the Ecumenical Movement, Antonia Pizzey offers a comprehensive, systematic analysis of Receptive Ecumenism. While still emerging, Receptive Ecumenism is highly promising because it prioritises the need for ecclesial conversion. Pizzey explores the scope and complexity of Receptive Ecumenism, providing much-needed clarity on its aim, key developmental influences and distinctiveness, as well as its virtuous character and relationship with Spiritual Ecumenism. The major implementations of Receptive Ecumenism to date are investigated, along with its significance for the future of ecumenism, especially regarding its engagement with contemporary challenges.

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Biographical Note

Antonia Pizzey, Ph.D. (2016), Australian Catholic University, is Lecturer in Theology at that university. She has published on Receptive Ecumenism, including a chapter in Receptive Ecumenism, edited by Hawkes and Balabanski (ATF Press, 2018) and “On the Maturation of Receptive Ecumenism,” Pacifica (2015).

Table of contents

Foreword: Serving the Spirit of Receptive Ecumenism by Paul D. Murray

1 The Ecumenical Path: The Past, the Present, and New Ways Forward
 1 Calls for Ecumenical Renewal
 2 A Time for Ecumenical Conversion
 3 Receptive Ecumenism
 4 Spiritual Ecumenism
 5 Purpose and Outline of this Work
2 The Path of Self-Critical Learning and Ecclesial Conversion: Receptive Ecumenism
 1 Paul Murray’s Vision of Receptive Ecumenism
 2 Receptive Ecumenism’s Development
 3 The Aim of Receptive Ecumenism
 4 Receptive Ecumenism’s Distinctive Features
3 Navigating the Receptive Ecumenical Path: Exploring Themes and Tensions
 1 A Critical Analysis of the Receptive Ecumenism Volume
 2 The Challenges Facing Contemporary Ecumenism
 3 Ecumenism as an Exchange of Gifts
 4 Reception
 5 The Impact of Non-Theological Factors on Ecumenism
 6 Spiritual Ecumenism
 7 Pneumatology
 8 Tensions within Receptive Ecumenism
4 The Path from Couturier to Vatican II : The Spiritual Roots of Receptive Ecumenism
 1 The Roots of Receptive Ecumenism in Couturier’s Spiritual Ecumenism
 2 Yves Congar as a Forerunner to Receptive Ecumenism
 3 The Influence of Vatican II on Receptive Ecumenism
5 The Path from Ut Unum Sint to Receptive Ecumenism: The Spiritual Roots of Receptive Ecumenism
 1 The Groundwork for Receptive Ecumenism in Ut Unum Sint
 2 Walter Kasper’s Emphasis on Spiritual Ecumenism
 3 Margaret O’Gara’s Ecumenical Gift Exchange
 4 Receptive Ecumenism—Simply a New Name for Spiritual Ecumenism?
6 Two Paths or One? the Complementarity of Spiritual and Receptive Ecumenism
 1 The Value of Receptive Ecumenism for the Spiritual Ecumenical Movement
  1.1 Institutional and Structural Conversion
  1.2 Ecclesial Learning
  1.3 Appeal and Accessibility
 2 The Importance of Spiritual Ecumenism for Receptive Ecumenism
  2.1 Christological Basis
  2.2 Pneumatological Foundation
  2.3 The Ecumenical Exchange of Gifts
 3 Receptive Ecumenism as Reception of the Principles of Spiritual Ecumenism
7 Essentials for Walking the Path: Receptive Ecumenical Virtues
 1 The Spiritual, Virtuous, and Affective Aspects of Receptive Ecumenism
 2 Humility and Hope: Essential Receptive Ecumenical Virtues
 3 On Humility: the Basis of Virtue
 4 Hope as an Act of Humility
 5 Hopeful Humility: a Virtue for Receptive Ecumenism
8 At the Crossroads of the Ecumenical Path: Receptive Ecumenism and Contemporary Challenges
 1 Receptive Ecumenism’s Positive Approach to Contemporary Challenges
  1.1 The Challenge of the Ecumenical Winter
  1.2 The Challenge of Pluralism
  1.3 The Challenge of Ecclesial Identity
  1.4 The Challenge of Full Visible Unity
 2 The Implementation of Receptive Ecumenism as an Ecumenical Strategy
  2.1 The International Conferences
  2.2 The Regional Comparative Research Project in Receptive Ecumenism and the Local Church
  2.4 Receptive Ecumenism in Australia
 3 Challenges Facing Receptive Ecumenism
9 The Path Forward: Receptive Ecumenism and the Renewal of the Ecumenical Movement
 1 Areas for Further Reflection
 2 Spiritual Ecumenism, Receptive Ecumenism, and the Ecumenical Future



All interested in Receptive Ecumenism, ecumenism, Spiritual Ecumenism, ecclesial conversion, ecumenical methods, and Catholic approaches to ecumenism, including those of Vatican II, Paul Murray, Paul Couturier, Yves Congar, and Walter Kasper.

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