The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has made the pursuit of Christian unity one of our foundational principles. Thus, we are an ecumenical people. This ecumenical principle has been at the heart of my own spirituality, in large part because my own spiritual journey has taken me to several different denominational traditions, all of which have contributed to my identity.
With that in mind I would like to share the Rev. Jose Morales' Stalcup Lecture on Christian Unity entitled "One in the Spirit," which is sponsored by the Council on Christian Unity and Brite Divnity School. Jose speaks here of an ecumenizing spirituality that involves lament over our division, our self-emptying of self (church), and movement toward unity of all life -- a new heaven and new earth.
Jose is a good friend with whom I share a passion for theology and its importance to the life of the church. He is currently a Ph.D. student in theology at Claremont School of Theology and Director of Pastoral Formation at Disciples Seminary Foundation. Before that he was Regional Minister for the Central Rocky Mountain Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
There is a word here that really stood out to me and that ecumenism is the "charismatic font of our livelihood as a particular people called Disciples." What stands out here is the reminder to Disciples, who tend toward a rationalistic faith, that this is a spiritual enterprise. With that said, I invite you to listen, reflect, and respond to this good word to the Church -- whether Disciple or not!