RELIGIOUS ECUMENISM IN IGBO LAND: ITS CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS

Author: Nwagurum Godspower Chris
Department: Religion and Human Relations
Affiliation: Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka

The will of Christ for His people is unity in witness and witness in unity (Acts 1:8). The Lord has called all His disciples to be witness to him and his gospel to the ends of the earth, and as He has promised to be with them always to the close of the age (Matthew 28:20). But for centuries, in their efforts to fulfill this mission, Christian communities have borne the pain of divisions, even differing about the meaning of one gospel. The study started with an introductory aspect and literature review. The purpose of the study is to find out challenges and prospects of religious ecumenism in Igboland. The research design for the study is descriptive case study. The Theoretical principle on which the study anchor its analysis is functionalist Perspective of sociological theory especially Durkhemian theory. The finding of the study shows that the challenges facing religious ecumenism in Igboland is the inability of Christian Association of Nigeria to foster and sustain its ecumenical vision and objectives. Another finding shows that leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria had made Christian Association of Nigeria to become a political interest group instead of an ecumenical movement. The researcher also shows the greater prospects one can follow in fulfilling the vision of the Church fathers. In view of these findings, the researcher recommends that Christian Association of Nigeria should repair its one house and the body should be seen as an ecumenical movement it supposed to be.

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