Adjective "oecumenical" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Representing a number of different Christian Churches.
  1. 'Since 1975 the material for the week has been prepared by ecumenical groups in different countries.'
  2. 'I spent 1978 in Liberia learning firsthand about the ecumenical church of Jesus Christ.'
  3. 'In Downton, Churches Together staged a march of witness through the village, ending up at the Baptist Church for an ecumenical service.'
  4. 'It was part of an ecumenical Christian conference on the Palestinian issue in late February.'
  5. 'It's a really friendly ecumenical church with about equal numbers of students and ‘normal’ people!'
  6. 'The WCC is an ecumenical body which represents 337 Protestant churches.'
  7. 'Nigeria, Ukraine, New Zealand and Germany were among the countries represented by an ecumenical group who stayed in the centre for the New Year.'
  8. 'Now it is necessary to call for a broad-based ecumenical council addressing the issue of sexual misconduct in the church.'
  9. 'the ecumenical movement'
  10. 'Inevitably this debate is important for non-Roman Christians and thus has serious ecumenical implications.'
  11. 'The Methodist Church has supported ecumenical efforts from its earliest beginnings.'
  12. 'Down the road in the other direction is L' Arche, an ecumenical Catholic charity that does much good work for mentally challenged adults.'
  13. 'An ecumenical spirit inspired Catholics to break down the fences that separated them from people of other religious traditions.'
  14. 'It is an ecumenical problem that affects all churches around the globe.'
  15. 'He wanted to reform the Roman Catholic Church, and he actually had a much more basic ecumenical view of the church.'
  16. 'This prayer has led churches and Christian traditions into ecumenical endeavors and a resolve to work toward some kind of unity.'
  17. 'United prayer meetings, ecumenical fellowship and common worship events blur doctrinal differences for the sake of their particular cause.'
  18. 'Dunn is a Roman Catholic ecumenical author, who writes for the pluralistic contemporary Christian Church.'
  19. 'This is an ecumenical event when musical Christians of different traditions will join in singing God's praise to the best of their ability.'


1. general; universal.

2. pertaining to the whole Christian church.

3. promoting or fostering Christian unity throughout the world.

4. of or relating to a movement (ecumenical movement) especially among Protestant groups since the 1800s, aimed at achieving universal Christian unity and church union through international interdenominational organizations that cooperate on matters of mutual concern.

5. interreligious or interdenominational: an ecumenical marriage.

6. including o

More examples(as adjective)

"conferences can be oecumenical."

"patriarchs can be oecumenical."

"councils can be oecumenical."


(ecumenical)Late 16th century (in the sense ‘belonging to the universal Church’): via late Latin from Greek oikoumenikos from oikoumenē ‘the (inhabited) earth’.