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.
Churches Uniting in Christ released a statement on the shooting at mother emanuel ame church in charleston south carolina
June 18, 2015
We, the Coordinating Council of Churches Uniting in Christ, join our hearts and voices in grief, horror and solidarity as we stand together with our brothers and sisters of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in the aftermath of the deadly shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. This particularly heinous violence is an attack on members of our family, and our hearts are broken by the depth of this kind of hate. We commit to unity in prayer for healing and justice. We pray particularly for this historic congregation in the loss of their pastor, The Reverend Honorable Clementa Pinckney and eight of their faithful members. We pray for Bishop Richard F. Norris and other church leaders who must now care for this congregation. We further commit to continue our focus on anti-racism in and among our churches. And, we commit to continuing to have the courage to offer hospitality to strangers, even if it puts us in harm’s way. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, teaches hope and love. Despite our pain and grief, we will continue to walk in his way for the sake of this world.
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 January 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: January 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
March 13, 2015
The Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, the Reverend Gradye Parsons, and members of the Office of the General Assembly and World Mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) were honored in February to spend a day with our ecumenical partners from the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. (NCC) and international partners from the Waldensian Church of Italy addressing issues of migration and border policy in El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The NCC lends their collective voice to issues of migration and wrote a powerful statement just this summer addressing our country’s treatment of families and children fleeing Central America.
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- October 24, 2014
- August 28, 2014
- August 21, 2014
- Formula of Agreement
- The Interreligious Stance as adopted by the 221st General Assembly (2014)
- Presbytery Ecumenical and Interreligious Liaisons
- Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Common Agreement on Baptism
- Highlights to calling Ministers under the Formula of Agreement