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Anyone who knows me for very long knows that I like to collect words. I love language and the way it shapes and impacts our lives every day. Today I’d like to share one of my favorite words with you—ecumenical.
 Ecumenical (ek-you-MEN-ih-kuhl) means “of, relating to, or representing a number of different Christian church bodies.” I am blessed to work with a fantastic group of ecumenical partners in the Muscatine Ministerial Association. Some of us are pastors of churches, others are chaplains, and a few are even retired! But we still come together to discuss the issues that we see going on around us and sometimes have guests who come to share with us problems or resources that they think we might find useful.
 Why am I bringing this up, you might ask? First, because it was in the MMA that this column got its start, when we began to be concerned over the growing violence in our community and asked what we could do about it. Second, because this column has grown beyond only dealing with one concern. Rather, we are seeing more and more issues we could talk about, more ways in which we could impact Muscatine for the better. And in having these discussions, we are finding that we can be truly ecumenical—we can put aside the things that divide us in favor of working together toward our common goal: a world where no one will be hungry or thirsty or sick or exploited or abused ever again.
 Are we perfect at it? No. But do we try? Yes! Imagine if everyone in the world could put aside their differences in order to work together toward a common goal. Think of all the problems that could be solved, the burdens that could be lightened! Is it easy? No. We each still have opinions and beliefs that we hold dear and others do not share. And that’s ok, because we don’t need to agree on everything in order to work together. 

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