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Journal of Ecumenical Studies

Volume 53, Number 1, Winter 2018 

New Book Review Editor Named 
pp. i - i 
The Movement for a Global Ethic 
pp. 1 - 11 
A Chrismatic Framework for Understanding the Intersection of Baptism and Ministry in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Churches 
pp. 12 - 45 
The Christian tradition lacks a robust chrismatic theology. This is regrettable, since a more developed theology of chrism can clarify the relationship between the baptismal and the ministerial priesthood. This essay outlines the historical origins of chrism, articulates a theology of chrism as a "Christ-maker," and develops a more comprehensive chrismatic ecclesiology that can contribute to ecumenical dialogue. The last objective occupies the bulk of this essay. In developing an ecumenically aware chrismatic ecclesiology, it begins with the top-down chrismatic ecclesiology of Daniel Stramara. A case is made for why this represents an incomplete ecclesiology that must be supplemented by a bottom-up initiatory approach. Only when these two approaches are taken together can a more comprehensive chrismatic ecclesiology begin to emerge that highlights the role chrism plays as the linchpin between the baptismal and the ministerial priesthood in the Roman Catholic and Eastern traditions. The development of a robust chrismatic theology roots the ministerial priesthood in the priesthood of all believers in a way that opens up ecumenical dialogue on ministry and koinonia.
. . . And All Its Paths Are Peace 
pp. 46 - 68 
The greatest goal of all religions is to achieve universal peace. But how? That is the question that has vexed all faiths since the beginnings of time. Judaism has also wrestled with this challenge ever since the days of the Prophets of Israel. Judaism has sought the proper formula for finally achieving shalom—genuine peace for all peoples and nations. Shalom has many meanings. Of course, it implies the absence of wars, but it also suggests wholeness, completeness, safety and soundness, wellness, security, integrity, grace, and harmony for the soul, etc. Judaism is a legal religion, and as a result it struggled to enforce shalom by legal means, by drafting a legal code that would advance the cause of lasting peace for all segments of society and all nations. It created a concept known as darkei shalom—literally, "the ways or paths of peace." The author was astonished to discover over 5,300 sources in the Talmud, Midrashim, responsa literature, law codes, and philosophical and ethical writings that deal with this topic, ranging from the days of the Mishnah to contemporary scholars and rabbis and in every land of Jewish settlement. Clearly, this is indicative of the supreme importance the rabbis placed on the concept of how to achieve peace in society—among neighbors and religions and in the world at large. The legal aspects are divided into six distinct categories: ritual peace, peace between neighbors and property rights, domestic peace, peace in dealing with the government, peace and the imperative of truth, and peace in dealing with people of other faiths.
Living-in-Between: Rethinking "Dual Belonging" and a Confucian Christian's Struggle in Late Ming China 
pp. 70 - 93 
In adopting Christianity, a foreign religion, the pre-twentieth-century Asian Christian converts needed to interiorize the new faith and reconcile varied traditions. At times they needed to negotiate the tension between conflicting claims. Their "dual belonging" is usually ignored in their home traditions, since Asians do not render it problematic, whereas present scholarly discourse on "dual belonging" in the West tends to focus on European missionaries in Asia. By the study of Wang Zheng, a Confucian Christian in the seventeenth century, and a brief comparison between Wang and a Hindu convert, Brahmabandhab Upadhyay, I propose that these converts are also pioneers of "dual belonging." The tensions and struggles in their lives and thoughts provide particular resources and insights for current research, thereby illuminating the phenomenon of dual belonging.
The "Order of Melchizedek": Hebrews 7 as a Model for Thinking Ecumenically about Priesthood 
pp. 95 - 109 
Ecumenical conversations around differing views of priesthood are fraught. This essay suggests that a fresh reading of the priesthood of Christ in the Letter to the Hebrews may introduce a new imagination into the topic. Using a Hebrew narrative methodology, it examines Hebrews 7 as the central point in the letter. The repetitions of the phrase "the order of Melchizedek" lead the reader more deeply into a dissection of the historical priesthood, noting the inadequacies of human traditions and demonstrating Christ's innovative example, which remodels priesthood as beyond particular systems and traditions (and even religions), to allow the grace of God to be freely mediated in unexpected ways.
Explorations and Responses
Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy's Religious Integrative Thinking 
pp. 111 - 127 
Book Reviews
The Concept of Unity in the Anglican, Methodist, Lutheran, and Reformed Dialogues with the Roman Catholic Church 
pp. 129 - 140 
Sharing Wisdom: Benefits and Boundaries of Interreligious Learningby Alon Goshen-Gottstein, and: Learning to Live Together: Case Studies in Interfaith Diversity by Tom Wilson and Riaz Ravat, and: The Other Peace Process: Interreligious Dialogue, a View from Jerusalem by Ronald Kronish (review) 
pp. 141 - 143 
Do Not Stifle the Spirit: Conversation with Jacques Dupuis by Gerard O'Connell (review) 
pp. 143 - 144 
God: An Autobiography as Told to a Philosopher by Jerry L. Martin (review) 
pp. 145 - 146 
Ecumenical Resources 
pp. 147 - 156