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.
Ecumenical Service Recognition 2015
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.
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Eugene Carson Blake Scholarship for Ecumenical Formation
Dr. Eugene Carson Blake, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the United Presbyterian Church in the USA from 1951-1958, was a pioneer in the modern ecumenical movement in the United States. After his death, supporters initiated the Eugene Carson Blake Scholarship to support students enrolled in graduate study programs at the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey. In these days of shrinking budgets yet increasing need to address justice in local communities, church leaders must be equipped to partner with other churches locally in order to further God's mission for Christ's church. The Office of Ecumenical Relations has been invited to nominate Presbyterians for the Scholarship.
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An Ecumenical Pilgrimage to India
In late February 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 individuals interested in exploring ecumenism in the Indian context and reflecting on the complexities of seeking justice in a multi-faith environment. Slots are limited.
- Who: Limited to 12 individuals.
- When: Late February 2016, exact dates of the trip will be announced in the coming months.
- Cost: Approximately $3,200
*Scholarships/grants are not available
- How: Express interest and request additional information by contacting Melissa G. Davis with the Office of Ecumenical Relations at Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org 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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