Sejarah Ekumene GMIM Tahun 1934-1980

  • Riedel Ch. Gosal Universitas Kristen Indonesia Tomohon
Keywords: Ecumenical movement, GMIM


Ecumenical movement is the old issue in the history of Church journey. In Indonesia the movement
grow in the local churches that initiate to make the The Council of Churces in Indonesia or Dewan
Gereja-gereja di Indonesia (DGI). The name then change to The Communion of Churches in
Indonesia or Persekutuan Gereja-gereja Indonesia (PGI). However PGI had exist but the unity
condition and the life together among churches in Indonesia is not achieved yet till now. This things
is related to the role of the local churches as the part of PGI. In this context, I will elaborate the role
of GMIM in the ecumenical movement in Indonesia in the period of 1934-1980. GMIM is one of the
founding member of DGI and has been member since the declaration.
This paper written with historical descriptive approach with analyzing historical data that had been
gathered. Data source acquired in the literature study such as books, archive, and interview. The goal
of this research not only to highlighting the role of GMIM in the ecumenical movement but also to
describe the history of the ecumenical movement and the positive contribution for the churches in
their participating in the ecumenical movement in Indonesia.
The result of this study shown that GMIM as one of the members of PGI has giving a huge
contribution in the ecumenical movement in Indonesia in 1934-1980, the role is affected by the
relation with the ecumenical figure from outside Minahasa and zendeling in Minahasa. This role is
supported by GMIM ecumenically agendas that ha growth before declaration of DGI. History
experience of GMIM at the zendelin period and the experience of war in Japan colonial era and
Permesta. This process has made the character building of ecumenical figure and congregation of