The Ecumenical Patriarchate: Visionary Ministry

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

in In the World, Yet Not of the World

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780823231713
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237005 | DOI:

Series: Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Thought

The Ecumenical Patriarchate:                         Visionary Ministry

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In this chapter, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew speaks of The Ecumenical Patriarchate in his Enthronement address in the Church of St. George at the Phanar, Istanbul and at the conferral of an honorary doctorate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, in Massachusetts. The Ecumenical Patriarchate, being one of the founding members of World Council of Churches, will not diminish its concern for the good and correct orientation of the Council and its concern that there not be a departure from its first and principal mission, which is the service of Christian unity. He mentions the importance of the Orthodox Church and suggests three particular strengths of Orthodox Christianity. Finally, in keeping with the venerable tradition of this university's contributions to international law and diplomacy, he humbly pledges to “pursue what makes for peace”.

Keywords: Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew; Ecumenical Patriarchate; World Council of Churches; Orthodox Christianity; Christianity

Chapter.  5630 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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