The Ecumenical Liaisons are Presbyterians who care and are involved in ecumenical and interfaith work in their communities. These leaders have accepted a call to be a liaison between their presbyteries and the General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical Relations and the General Assembly Department of Ecumenical Relations. They facilitate communication and sharing of resources between these church bodies. We are actively encouraging presbyteries who don’t have Ecumenical Liaisons to name one.
Responsibilities of the Ecumenical Liaison
- Encourage the presbytery and churches in the presbytery to increase their ecumenical involvement in their communities.
- To receive communication from the General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations (GACEIR) regarding ecumenical events and opportunities, and to publicize this information through appropriate means in the presbytery;
- To share with GACEIR the involvement of individuals, groups, congregations, and the presbytery in local and regional ecumenical activities, for the purpose of helping GACEIR recognize and publicize local/regional ecumenical commitments at the General Assembly level with the church at large.
- When possible, to participate in an ecumenical educational activities such as the National Workshop on Christian Unity, an annual training event put together by a number of U.S. Denominations. (Though the General Assembly no longer has funds to pay for this training and participation, it might be possible for an individual to tap into local church, presbytery, synod and other scholarship programs.)
- To participate, if possible, in the National Workshop on Christian Unity, an annual training event put together by a number of U.S. denominations and report back to GACEIR. (Though the General Assembly no longer has funds to pay for this training and participation, it might be possible for an individual to tap into local church, presbytery, synod and other scholarship programs.)
- To do anything else that the Lord may lead a person to do as the liaison between the presbytery and the General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations and to bear witness as appropriate for the furtherance of ecumenical priorities within the presbytery and the PC(USA) as a whole.
Occasional Particular Opportunities for Ecumenical Service
From time to time we have openings for ecumenical service in particular areas of expertise. In this area we will post information about these opportunities.
- Faith Connect
Recently, there has been a resurgence of young adult ecumenical dialogue and activity in the US, North America, and around the world. FaithConnectsUs is a web-based tool that seeks to connect ecumenically engaged young adults through awareness, education and relationship FaithConnectsUs seeks to connect young adults from all of these different organizations and initiatives through a web-based forum where they can all share news and events, jobs and opportunities, educational resources, personal story and witness, and strategies for activism.
- Christian Students World Federation
WSCF has been a spirited, formational and life-giving movement of Christian students for over 110 years.
Since its founding in 1895, the passion, love and spirit of justice of WSCF's young leadership has kept it a maker of history in countless people's movements, churches and political spheres.
Today WSCF continues as the foremost leader in ecumenical formation for Christian students and youth in more than one hundred national movements across the globe.
Youth in the ecumenical movement: challenges and hopes
This project provides possibilities for youth to contribute their ideas to, and participate in, all the work of the WCC. One way is as interns (who spend a year working in one or another programme in Geneva), or as stewards (coming mainly to help out and learn at WCC governing body meetings). Read more.