Florovsky Paper Abstract - Christian Unity: An Old Testament Apologia

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IN THE SPIRIT of 'a return to the sources for Christian unity', this paper focuses on Old Testament references to the need and value of unity and ecumenism. Beginning with Psalm 133:1 and including the story of Ruth, examples of a call to unity by Old Testament authors are explored, along with current research supporting the intent of unity in the Old Testament message. Articles from theological journals on specific Old Testament passages have been reviewed for relevance and scholars’ conclusions are included as support for the subject. This paper argues that unity among Christians is due to a basis in antiquity, as a result of the legacy of the Hebrew faith lived by the disciples prior to the arrival of Christ. This unity, based in the Old Testament, strengthens the current call to ecumenism among believers.

Doretta Abshire is an MTS student at Newman University in Wichita, KS. She holds a 1982 BA in Political Science from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now University of Louisiana - Lafayette. Following a career in the nation-wide aerospace industry, Ms. Abshire moved to the small college town of McPherson, KS where her ministry as Catholic College Catechist for McPherson College and Central Christian College led to a desire for further theological studies. She is undergoing a process of discernment to be a consecrated diocesan hermit following the norms of Roman Catholic Canon 603. Ora et labora.

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