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National Councils of Churches
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1. Definition

A council of churches is a voluntary association of separated Christian churches through which its members seek to manifest their fellowship with one another (Koinonia), to engage in common activities of witness and service, and to advance toward the ecumenical goal of greater visible unity. A council of churches can be distinguished from a temporary church coalition in that its members make a long-term commitment to one another. It can be distinguished from a clergy association or C…

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Kinnamon, Michael, “National Councils of Churches”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 10 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_N51>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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