The Office of Ecumenical Relations carries out the ecumenical policy of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which includes participation in ecumenical agencies and councils, ecumenical dialogue, and development of resources. This office also serves as staff for the General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations.
Episcopal Presbyterian Dialogue Communique
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) reaffirmed its ongoing commitment to being in conversation with The Episcopal Church during a recent meeting of the Presbyterian Episcopal Dialogue Committee. The results of the November meeting at First Presbyterian Church in Berkeley, California, are outlined in the report (PDF).
statement following the visit of Pope Francis
The Roman Catholic-Reformed Dialogue in the United States, which includes the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), issued the following statement following the visit of Pope Francis to the U.S. Read more (PDF).
Ecumenical and interreligious Service Recognitions
The Ecumenical and Interreligious Service Recognitions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are a public acknowledgement of the significant service to the causes of Christian unity and interreligious relations rendered by presbyteries, congregations, and individuals. Awards are made every other year and are usually presented at a function held in conjunction with the General Assembly.
Learn more (PDF) about selection criteria.
Download the form (PDF).
Meet the 2014 recipients.
Eugene Carson Blake Scholarship for Ecumenical Formation
The Ecumenical Institute at Bossey (Bossey) will be awarding the Eugene Carson Blake Scholarship. This Scholarship was established to honor Rev. Dr. Eugene Carson Blake, who was the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the United Presbyterian Church in the USA, a predecessor to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations (CEIR) has been invited to nominate one Presbyterian Church (USA) student applying for admission for the 2016-2017 academic year. To request consideration for the nomination, complete the Bossey admission procedures and then submit all materials to CEIR at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: November 30, 2015
Learn more (PDF).
An Ecumenical Pilgrimage to India
February 22 to March 4, 2016 the office of Ecumenical Relations for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will host an Ecumenical Pilgrimage to India. The Pilgrimage will explore the history of ecumenism in India, and through this exploration we will learn about the role of the church in working toward justice.
The Church in India has a rich and long history that includes: The tradition that Christianity was brought to India by Thomas approximately 50 years after Jesus’ resurrection, participating in Interfaith dialogue as a minority religion, missionizing by Anglicans and the Church of England, and Union during the founding of the World Council of Churches and India’s Independence. Many new horizons face the church in this time and place.
This trip is not limited to Presbyterians, it is open to all individuals interested in exploring ecumenism in the Indian context and reflecting on the complexities of seeking justice in a multi-faith environment.
- Who: Limited to 12 individuals
- When: February 22 to March 4, 2016
- Where: New Delhi, Nagpur, Aurangabad, and Bangalore, India.
- Cost: Approximately $3,800 to $4,000 (No grants/scholarships are available from the PCUSA)
- How: Express interest and request additional information by contacting Melissa G. Davis with the Office of Ecumenical Relations at Melissa.email@example.com or (502) 569-5037.
News & Statements
September 9, 2015
<한국의> Presbyterians are among those eagerly anticipating the September 22–27 visit of Pope Francis to the United States.
Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly, will be part of a delegation of religious leaders who will welcome Pope Francis to his first official engagement—a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House.
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