Through the Cross
The Princeton Proposal
A Call to the Churches from an Ecumenical Study Group
Carl E. Braaten & Robert W. Jenson, editors
|The Princeton Proposal is a landmark statement
on the present situation and future possibilities of modern ecumenism.
Drafted by sixteen theologians and ecumenists from various church
traditions, who met over a period of three years in Princeton, New Jersey,
this document seeks to steer contemporary efforts at church unity away
from social and political agendas, which are themselves divisive, and back
to the chief goal of the modern ecumenical movement -- the visible unity
of Christian worldwide, of all those who are reconciled "in one body
through the cross."
Since the study group that produced this statement was instituted and
its participants were chosen by an independent ecumenical foundation, the
Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology, their "unofficial"
work presents especially profound and creative reflection on the ecumenical
task. With this report the study group members do not claim to speak for
their churches, but hope to speak to all the churches out of shared
concern for the founding ecumenical imperative "that they all may be
one ... so that the world may believe."