“the church is not simply a group of individuals who gather together because of a common faith. Rather, it constitutes a proleptic and ecumenical community that anticipates the fuller reality of God’s eschatalogical and ecumenic consummation.”
– Ted Peters, God: The Worlds Future. p. 273
proleptic: the representation or assumption of a future act or development as if presently existing or accomplished
ecumenical: 1. general; universal. 2. pertaining to the whole Christian church. 3. promoting or fostering Christian unity throughout the world.
eschatological: any system of doctrines concerning last, or final, matters, as death, the Judgment, the future state, etc