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.
News & Statements
April 20, 2014
A coalition of Christian leaders that includes the Reverend Robina Winbush of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has released a statement tied to Easter calling for the end of the war on drugs and mass incarceration.
“The ministry of Jesus the Christ was about challenging unjust systems that held individuals and marginalized communities in bondage,” says Winbush, the PC(USA)’s Associate for Ecumenical Relations and President of Churches Uniting In Christ. “He empowered his disciples to touch lives and tear down strongholds of captivity. He commissioned them to care for the most vulnerable in society and give witness to the reign of God marked by justice.”
Committee affirms PC(USA)’s commitment to interfaith relationships, honors four for outstanding ecumenical service
- March 18, 2014
- October 9, 2013
- September 24, 2013
- September 21, 2013
The Reverend Robina Marie Winbush is an Associate Stated Clerk for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Prior to assuming this position she served as the Pastor of Hollis Presbyterian Church in Queens, New York.
Robina has served on several national and international denominational and ecumenical committees and organizations including the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., the World Council of Churches, the World Communion of Reformed Churches and the national staff of Church Women United. She is currently the President of Churches Uniting in Christ. She served as the Moderator of the Justice, Peace, and Creation Commission of the World Council of Churches. She had the privilege of preaching the Closing Eucharist Celebration at Pre-Council gatherings of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches 24th General Council in Accra, Ghana in 2004 and the Uniting General Council in Grand Rapids, MI in 2010. She was also the preacher at the Closing Worship Celebration of the Ninth Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2006.
Robina was co-editor of Sisters Struggling in the Spirit: A Woman of Color Theological Anthology. She appears in African American Presbyterian Clergywomen: The First Twenty-Five Year. Her work has also appeared Righting Her-story: Caribbean Women Encounter the Bible Story.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Robina has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Pan African Studies and Psychology from Kent State University, a Masters of Education in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University and a Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York. She is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Interdisciplinary Studies at Union Institute and University (Cincinnati, Ohio).
Rev. Robina Winbush, Associate for Ecumenical Relations.
The Rev. Melissa G. Davis is new to the office of Ecumenical Relations but has worked in the Office of the General Assembly since 2007, when she was a seminary intern. Melissa earned her M.Div. from Louisville Seminary and her J.D. from the Brandeis School of Law. In addition to working in the office of Ecumenical Relations, Melissa is an immigration lawyer in Louisville. As Coordinator of Ecumenical Networking and Resources, Melissa works with the Ecumenical Liaisons and develops resources to assist Presbyterians in understanding and becoming involved in ecumenical ministries.
Rev. Melissa G. Davis, Coordinator for Ecumenical Networking and Resources
Ms. Sherri Hunter, Senior Administrative Assistant