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WHAT DOES ECUMENICAL REALLY MEAN ?

Posted by tawodi on May 19, 2007


In the Chaplain Corp in the military it,  means that when the Chaplain speaks and/ or preaches he realizes that the soldiers and sailors who are listening,  are a captive audience.  In peace time they may be on a base, aboard a ship, or on duty some where there is no Church,  Synagogue,  or Mosque,  any where nearby,   where worship would be possible for his charges to go and worship in their own faith structure.

Some of the finest preaching I have ever heard,  has been done in these surroundings.  Some of the finest people I have ever known,  have been one or the other of those in attendance rendering worship to the God of Abraham,  Isaac, and Jacob, later Israel. Abraham being of course the Father of the Jews, the forefather that led to founding of the Hebrews, the Arabs, brothers of one another by Abraham, followed later by those of us known as Gentiles welcomed into the covenant, by the Grace of God,  through the sacrifice of Jesus,  The Christ our Lord and Master.

In short,  the people of the three major faith systems in the world,  have worshipped, at times, together.

In 1964 the Vatican issued the Lumen Gentium in November of that year.  It came out of the Vatcan 2 council,  which,  as some of you may know,  there are still Papal Encyclicals being issued which were adjudicated then and are still under study even now. When the Lumen Gentium was sent to the world,  it out lined the acceptance of the Muslim faith and the things which would and have and are being done,  to create bridges of understanding between the two disparate faiths.

That’s right,  there is a fourty three year history of reconciliation,  that has been carried out between the Catholic Church and the world of Islam,  right under our noses.  Pope John the sixth and Pope John Paul the second have issued over the years many encyclicals dealing with this effort and have preached many times in Mosques around the world.  

I have in my possession,  the entire history of this,  given me when I requested it right from the Vatican archives .

 I WILL MAKE IT AVAILABLE,  TO ANYONE WHO REQUESTS  IT,       FREE OF CHARGE !!!

Also in my possession,  is a thirty eight page  compendium,  of the ongoing efforts of reconciliation between the Methodist Church and the Catholic Church .

I WILL MAKE IT, AVAILABLE TO ANYONE WHO REQUESTS IT ,      FREE OF CHARGE !!! 

It will take awhile for me to set up links,  so it can be sent to you over the net and you won’t have to give me your E mail address.  Something you may not want to do and I wouldn’t blame you,  with so much spam out there today.

There is and are,  those who for whatever reason are creating walls between  “US ”  and   ” THEM”  these walls must be torn down,  or we will all descend into a maelstrom of hatred we may not be able to recover from,  as a race.

I am not a fool,  I am not saying we should not be on guard against those who would do us harm.  I am saying the blanket condemnation of an entire people is,   WRONG!!!   I don’t care what reasoning you use,  what excuses you make,  or just how terrified you are.  It is   WRONG  to do this.  As I have said elsewhere,  I will fight to my dying breath,  those who would spread this hate.

We are all products of our cultures, some have been twisted by governments,  or hatred and missuse of various scriptures in all faith systems. It is my deeply held belief that those of us who exhibit true servant leadership,  as the faiths themselves dictate  we must,  then God will judge us accordingly,  we must NOT let men do it for us.  That is not their place,  it is the province of God,  no one else!!

Today is Saturday,  whether you celebrate the Sabbath today or on Sunday,   pray for the wisdom of God to make your decisions,  open your heart,  think of your and their children,  who are depending on you to provide a world that is safe for them to live in.  Work for that,  if for no other reason.

THE ONE TRAP YOU CAN NEVER ESCAPE FROM IS THE ONE IN YOUR  MIND,  THAT YOU HAVE MADE. Tawodi.

Be well friends,  and at peace, …Tawodi…out

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6 Responses to “WHAT DOES ECUMENICAL REALLY MEAN ?”

  1. simran said

    what does ecumenical mean ?

  2. simran said

    does it mean the world

  3. tawodi said

    SIMRAN;

    Ecumenical means “equality before” in other words something it is hard to credit but must be attmpted. I am a Christian Pastor. It is not necessary for me to believe as a person of Islam does, it is only necessary for me to accept that they believe it, and then, to accept them as human beings with that right. Their faith is not better than mine….mine is not better than theirs….simply different. The same can be said about Judaism in regards to Islam and Christianity. It is human beings that have brought such dishonor on all three of these faith structures not God it is also true of any other major faith system in the world today. The problem is not God it is PEOPLE!! Rev. Bruce……………..Tawodi thanks for your question and comment.

  4. Kecia Tilt said

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    • Bruce Holzrichter Sr. said

      Kecia;

      the WordPress platform has a great system for handling spam. Go to the tools or set up page and look for spamarrest…click on it so it is turned on if it doesn’t work use the “contact us” feature and WordPress will take care of it for you post haste! Since 2007 i have had nothing but praise for the service they provide and the help pages for things that after a while you learn how to handle….good luck…Rev. Bruce….Life Religion Family blog.

  5. superb article you have here, thanks for making it available!

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