oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - The ecumene in Africa
Since the ecumenical movement is a child of the missionary movement and Africa is one of the traditional mission fields of the previous century, ecumene is not something new in Africa. In spite of denominational diversity many forms of cooperation in missions developed throughout the 19th century. Missionary councils were established, at a rapidly increasing pace after the World Missionary Conference of 1910. These missionary councils generally developed into national Christian councils. Although institutional ecumenism is not new in Africa, it is also true that it was only in the second half of the 20th century that African Christianity started to move from the missionary stage of its history into the ecumenical age.
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