Ecumenism - The Critical Need for Christian Unity

Core course of the Catholics United with Protestant Program | taught by Rick Akins
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Course description

Carrying on the call of the Vatican II document on ecumenism, the Core program focuses on identifying and answering common misunderstandings regarding Christian Unity and various denominations. Understanding yields unity which supports a successful Christian mission in the world.

Core Program –

Module 1:

Unit 1: Today’s Need for Ecumenism

Unit 2: Continued Look at the State of Ecumenism with Regard to Evangelicals

Unit 3: Issues Affecting Christian Unity from a Catholic Point of View – the Gospel

Unit 4: Overcoming Common Misunderstandings from the Catholic Point of View

Rick  Akins
Rick Akins

Rick Akins is a Knight of Columbus (Council 2601).  He is an electrical engineer and business owner. Raised Catholic, he and his family went part-time to an Evangelical 'mega-church' for over a decade. From these experiences, he wrote Fundamentally Catholic, Romans by Paul and Practices Made Perfect. He currently works with the ecumenical efforts of his diocese and with several interdenominational groups focused on Christian Unity.  His latest book, Challenged to Grow, will be published by New City Press on June 15, 2018.

rickakinsfc@yahoo.com

Course Curriculum

Current Challenges to Christian Unity
62:30
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Becoming a better ecumenist - a Catholic View
60:26
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Common Misunderstandings - A Catholic View
47:28
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Reviews (2)

I like that some urgency is implied by "critical" and "need". Unfortunately, ecumenism is often tossed aside as nice-to-have but not important.

by Linda Smrokowski
Excellent. The tone throughout was reassuring and, while raising sticky topics that divide Christians, the speaker spoke as a parent would speak when acting as an arbiter among his children. A loving parent wants to referee difficult topics with frankness but wants all his children to feel that their viewpoint is valid and that there need not be winners and losers. I especially appreciated the gentle urging to consider differing viewpoints but not necessarily to "decide" on a "correct" viewpoint. The course struck a nice balance in presenting academic research while in a down-to-earth, easily understood fashion. I like that the speaker did not hesitate to use his personal experience when mentioning various times that he was raised in one faith community but spent considerable time exploring another faith community.

Very Informative

by Kimberly Oldham
I learned a great deal by watching this presentation. I feel much better equipped now to discuss my beliefs as a Catholic. My only suggestion would be to add downloadable notes to go along with the talks. That would have allowed me to spend less time writing and more time highlighting the info I found most informative, more listening-less writing. Thanks and God Bless

I like that some urgency is implied by "critical" and "need". Unfortunately, ecumenism is often tossed aside as nice-to-have but not important.

by Linda Smrokowski
Excellent. The tone throughout was reassuring and, while raising sticky topics that divide Christians, the speaker spoke as a parent would speak when acting as an arbiter among his children. A loving parent wants to referee difficult topics with frankness but wants all his children to feel that their viewpoint is valid and that there need not be winners and losers. I especially appreciated the gentle urging to consider differing viewpoints but not necessarily to "decide" on a "correct" viewpoint. The course struck a nice balance in presenting academic research while in a down-to-earth, easily understood fashion. I like that the speaker did not hesitate to use his personal experience when mentioning various times that he was raised in one faith community but spent considerable time exploring another faith community.

Very Informative

by Kimberly Oldham
I learned a great deal by watching this presentation. I feel much better equipped now to discuss my beliefs as a Catholic. My only suggestion would be to add downloadable notes to go along with the talks. That would have allowed me to spend less time writing and more time highlighting the info I found most informative, more listening-less writing. Thanks and God Bless