The Four Pillars of Ecumenism

Unrestricted Ecumenism and Total Ecumenism

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Alziro Zarur (1914-1979)

Unrestricted Ecumenism preaches the perfect relationship between all creatures of the Earth. Total Ecumenism professes the fraternal alliance between the Humanities of the Earth and of the Higher Spiritual World with any civilization in existence in outer space. And why not?! Is the entire Universe just there for us to idly gaze at (with the exception of the astronomers and poets)?! That is, when we remember to lift our eyes to the heavens above... It would certainly be pretentious on our part to admit the impossibility of the existence of other forms of life in the Cosmos. Another point: not everything (or everyone) out there must necessarily have a likeness to our species and surroundings. "Unrestricted Ecumenism” and "Total Ecumenism” are expressions coined by Alziro Zarur.

When Human Beings understand this, they will be ready to assimilate and live the two other stages: Ecumenism of the Hearts and Divine Ecumenism.

João Periotto

Ecumenism of the Hearts and Divine Ecumenism*


Ecumenism of the Hearts is that which convinces us not to waste any time with hatred and sterile disputes, but rather to reach out one’s hand to the fallen, for it is compassionate with sorrow; takes off a shirt to dress the unclothed; contributes to the healing balm of those who are ill; protects the orphans and the widows; knows that Education with Ecumenical Spirituality will become increasingly fundamental for the progress of the nations, because ecumenism is Education open to Peace; to strengthen a nation (not for a nation to dominate over others). (...) While Divine Ecumenism is the social and spiritual contact between the creature and its Creator. (...) Therefore, I speak of the universalization of the Human Being that integrates with its divine origin, becoming a Vertical-Man, in other words, a Spiritual Man, or even further: a Spirit-Man. It is the end of the empire of matter, by the simple and candid understanding that matter does not exist (as the atom itself is full of empty spaces). For this reason, I have said before that matter is also Spirit.

Vivian R. Ferreira

*1 Ecumenism of the Hearts and Divine Ecumenism are concepts by Paiva Netto

Text extracted from the book Reflections of the Soul, written by Paiva Netto.


José de Paiva Netto is a writer, journalist, radio broadcaster, composer, and poet. He is the President of the Legion of Good Will (LGW), effective member of the Brazilian Press Association (ABI) and of the Brazilian International Press Association (ABI-Inter). Affiliated to the National Federation of Journalists (FENAJ), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the Union of Professional Journalists of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the Union of Writers of Rio de Janeiro, the Union of Radio Broadcasters of Rio de Janeiro, and the Brazilian Union of Composers (UBC). He is also a member of the Academy of Letters of Central Brazil. He is an author of international reference in the concept and defense of the cause of Ecumenical Citizenship and Spirituality which, according to him, constitute “the cradle of the most generous values that are born of the Soul, the dwelling of the emotions and of the reasoning enlightened by intuition, the atmosphere that embraces everything that transcends the ordinary field of matter and comes from the elevated human sensitivity, such as Truth, Justice, Mercy, Ethics, Honesty, Generosity, and Fraternal Love.”