By Maggie Breen
The preacher on Friday made an important point. Oikoumene cannot be a subject for the scholar's desk alone (despite it's important sounding label) -- it is lived out and found in friendships and in our commitment to each other. Without deep listening, honor of the other and the stories they bring; without lightness, play and a sense of humor; without
revealing the things that really matter and that we hope and pray for, we cannot find the community that God intends for us.
We are heading to Busan early tomorrow morning to join the 4,000 delegates and participants who will come from all over the world to seek oikoumene. I will be asking how the big church might listen and honor the stories and needs of the local church and vice
versa. What a gift that I get to be here with brothers and sister from all over the world.