Ecumenism, the (Greek. οἰκουμένη oikoumene) originally referred to the entire inhabited world. In this sense, the term is usually also used in the New Testament. In Hebrews 2:5 the word refers to a "future world". Thus ecumenism encompasses more than the relationship of the Protestant Church to the Roman Catholic Church.
Cooperation in ecumenism
We experience ecumenism as an opportunity to renew our church, our faith, our thoughts and actions. We want to make ecumenism a reality through relationships and encounters. We link biblical reflection with social analysis, theological identity with cultural relevance, spiritual practice with political action. We are committed to ensuring that church and social action is geared to the needs of the poor and excluded and to non-violence. We see ourselves as "border crossers" who perceive the foreign with respect and do not want to abolish differences in dialogue, but want to overcome their separating character. We orient ourselves to processes initiated by international and national ecumenical associations.