In One Body Through the Cross

The Princeton Proposal for Christian Unity

A Call to the Churches from an Ecumenical Study Group

Carl E. Braaten & Robert W. Jenson, editors

Signatories of the Princeton Proposal

  • William Abraham
  • Mark Achtemeier
  • Brian Daley
  • John H. Erickson
  • Vigen Guroian
  • George Lindbeck
  • Lois Malcolm
  • Bruce McCormack
  • R. R. Reno
  • Michael Root
  • William G. Rusch
  • Geoffrey Waniwright
  • Susan K. Wood
  • Telford Work
  • J. Robert Wright
  • David Yeago


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.”

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