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Asymmetry and Mutuality: Feminist Approaches to Receptive Ecumenism
University College Stockholm, Stockholm School of Theology, Department of Religious Studies and Theology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6365-8887
2020 (English)In: Studia Theologica: Nordic Journal of Theology, ISSN 0039-338X, Vol. 74, no 2, p. 197-216Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Receptive ecumenism is a new current in contemporary ecumenism. By focusing on unilateral learning and by dissociating itself from presuppositions of mutuality, receptive ecumenism inspires rethinking and provokes new thought in the field of ecumenical theology. This article pays special attention to the non-expectation of mutuality in receptive ecumenism and analyses its consequences with regard to asymmetrical relations. The analysis is carried out in consideration of other currents of contemporary ecumenism where mutuality is associated with the struggle for justice and equality. Guided by feminist philosophical and theological insights on negative and positive understandings of asymmetry, the article discusses the nature of receptive ecumenism in view of a wider ecumenical terrain. It explores the underlying understanding of asymmetry in receptive ecumenism. It moreover inquires into the receptive ecumenical approach to mutuality with a view to the roots of this new ecumenical current in spiritual ecumenism and interfaith engagement. Attending to the factors of agency, diversity, and listening, the article identifies challenges to the viability of receptive ecumenism. Simultaneously, it expounds the role of receptive ecumenism in revitalizing ecumenical theological reflection.

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2020. Vol. 74, no 2, p. 197-216
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-1376DOI: 10.1080/0039338X.2020.1789737OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ths-1376DiVA, id: diva2:1577447
Available from: 2021-07-02 Created: 2021-07-02 Last updated: 2023-10-11Bibliographically approved

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