Ecumenical Thrusts for Discernment from the Perspectives of the Indian Subcontinent

  • Paul Pulikkan
Part of the Pathways for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue book series (PEID)


The church is the treasure house of spiritual gifts which are abundantly given by God for his children. Just as God wants to continue his salvific mission in the world through the church, he continues to bless the churches with the richness of spiritual gifts. Each church can find great gifts in each other and be ready to share and receive these gifts in the spirit of Receptive Ecumenism. This dialogue and reception are necessary so that in the present-day scenario in India, a new witnessing is possible amidst the emerging challenges. However, a profound learning of the gifts, both common and those particular to each tradition, has not been seriously undertaken so far. Ecumenism is often limited to usual statements of goodwill and acknowledgements of ecumenical objectives. In this chapter, we will describe some specific Indian contexts that will urge the churches to enter into a threefold dialogue with India’s religions, socio-economic situations and cultures. We look at the common treasure house of gifts that can lead us into the unity in Spirit.


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  • Paul Pulikkan
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  1. 1.University of CalicutMalappuramIndia
  2. 2.MaryMatha Major SeminaryThrissurIndia

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