What is ecumenism?

Ecumenism is cooperation between churches, Christian denominations and organisations, both in Norway and internationally.

The word “ecumenism” comes from the Greek word “oikoumene” which can be translated as “the whole inhabited earth”. It is a broad concept which includes dialogue between churches on theological questions, cooperation in mission, and cooperation in diakonia and addressing societal issues.

Jesus prayed “that they may all be one… so that the world may believe”. The work for unity among churches is a key commitment in the Church of Norway.

As an Evangelical Lutheran church, the Church of Norway is called and committed to seek church fellowship with other churches where it is possible. This includes a calling to learn from and share gifts with other churches, and to work toward visible signs of continuity and unity in the Church.

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