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Mathew Block is editor of The Canadian Lutheran magazine and communications manager for Lutheran Church–Canada. He also serves as editor for the International Lutheran Council. He tweets @captainthin.

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The purpose of ecumenism

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As recent remarks from the head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity make clear, not all is well when it comes to the ecumenical project. To make progress, we need to answer one simple question: What is the purpose of ecumenism? Continue Reading »

What is religion anyhow?

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A recent report by the Public Research Institute and the Brookings Institution attempts to present a clearer picture of American religious orientation. One of the things it explores, as Lauren Markoe notes at Religion News Service , is differing views among Americans as to what being . . . . Continue Reading »