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While Receptive Ecumenism has great potential, certain points of its methodology require further elucidation. Searching for clarity over these aspects calls for a particular focus on the connection between Receptive Ecumenism and Spiritual Ecumenism. There are significant links between Receptive and Spiritual Ecumenism, such as an emphasis on interior conversion. However, there are also tensions between them, most notably surrounding the concept of the ecumenical gift exchange. This article proposes that Receptive Ecumenism cannot be properly understood without reference to Spiritual Ecumenism, and that, in fact, Spiritual Ecumenism enriches, and may provide the necessary criteria for, Receptive Ecumenism.


School of Theology

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