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.
World Communion of Reformed Churches 26th General Council
The World Communion of Reformed Churches will gather for its 26th General Council in Leipzig, Germany, June 29 - July 7 2017—the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The WCRC is returning to the birthplace of the 16th–century Reformation to demonstrate that this event belongs to Christians around the world—and to witness to the world in these times of injustice and violence.
The WCRC is inviting Presbyterians (and individuals from other member communions) age 18-30 to apply to attend the General Council as a Steward. This is a competitive process and includes an application and endorsement of your denomination. Learn about the Steward Programme. Contact Melissa Davis at Ecumenical Relations for the PCUSA to inform her of your interest. email@example.com or (502) 569-5037.
Other opportunities exist for participating in the WCRC General Council, including:
Global Institute of Theology: a program for seminarians and pastors just beginning ministry to come together to learn, prepare for and attend the General Council. Learn more.
Visitors Programme. For interested individuals to attend the General Council and participate in events. Learn more by downloading the brochure (PDF).
Press release from CUIC
Churches Uniting in Christ Issues a Statement on the Multiple Police and Civilian Shootings Across the U.S.A. Download.
The Moravian Church and the Presbyterian Church USA enter full communion agreement
Full communion among Protestant denominations means that churches in full communion recognize in one another the essentials of the Christian faith. It may also involve free interchangeability of membership by individual members of each denomination and an interchangeability of the ordained ministry between the churches. The primary symbols of their full communion is recognition of the baptism of the other denomination and sharing the Eucharist.
CUIC, OGA video explores race and the church
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of the General Assembly has partnered with Churches Uniting in Christ (CUIC) to produce a video on race. Through the lens of the Michael Brown killing in Ferguson, Missouri, Race and the Church: A New Call explores how CUIC member churches, including the PC(USA), are responding to the current racial climate in the United States, and challenges them to look outside themselves as they work for justice in the future.
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.
DEADLINE EXTENDED: make nominations by March 15, 2016
News & Statements
May 27, 2016
Transitions don’t always go smoothly, and very often vital resources unintentionally slip through the cracks in the process. Such was the case with the Eugene Carson Blake Scholarship.
The scholarship is for students from the United States who show promise for church leadership to attend the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey, Switzerland. Recipients participate in a four-month intensive graduate program that exposes them to the full spectrum of Christian traditions and explores the ecumenical and mission challenges churches face today.
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