Many Presbyterians are involved in ecumenical ministries but perhaps do not label it such. If you participate in a community ministries program with other denominations or similar activities you are already doing ecumenical work.
Ecumenical partners often find working together on issues of peace and justice most effective and rewarding. This includes working through ecumenical councils, as well as organized or ad hoc committees who come together around a particular issue.
Ecumenical Advocacy Days is an annual event that facilitates the coming together of Christians to learn about justice issues and carry the voice of the voiceless to our nation’s capitol. Ecumenical Advocacy Days is a movement of the ecumenical Christian community, and its recognized partners and allies, grounded in biblical witness and our shared traditions of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. Our goal, through worship, theological reflection and opportunities for learning and witness, is to strengthen our Christian voice and to mobilize for advocacy on a wide variety of U.S. domestic and international policy issues.
National Council of Churches also provides opportunities for Christians to come together to promote social justice and civil rights. The Christian Unity Gathering is a new event, which will be held annually. This year’s event will be held at the Hilton Washington Dulles in Herndon, VA outside Washington, DC May 18-20, 2014. The event will be a celebration of ecumenism. The NCC currently has two priorities: interreligious relations with a focus on peace and mass incarceration. Public sessions at the CUG will be an opportunity to learn more about Mass Incarceration and what we can do together to help contribute to a solution to this crisis.
Ecumenical Service Recognition Award
Consider nominating a mid-council or individual Presbyterian for the Ecumenical Service Recognition Award. The Award gives the General Assembly an opportunity to recognize and celebrate those working to give visible expression to the unity of the Church and the commitment to unity and reconciliation in our world. Nominations are accepted the year before a General Assembly and recipients are announced at the General Assembly.
Local Ecumenical Dialogues
Consider hosting a workshop or event to learn more about ecumenical dialogue with others in your community. This is a great way to learn about other denominations, devise ways to cooperate on specific projects, and deepen your personal faith.
The Ecumenical Liaisons are Presbyterians who are involved in ecumenical and interfaith work in their communities and serve as a liaison between their presbytery and the General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations. They facilitate communication and sharing of resources between church bodies. Complete the application to become a liaison in your presbytery.
Responsibilities of the Ecumenical Liaison
- Encourage mid-councils 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.
- 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 learn more or volunteer to become an Ecumenical Liaison in your presbytery, please contact Melissa G. Davis at Melissa.email@example.com or 502-569-5037.
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. If you would like to be considered for one of these volunteer posts, please complete the Application for Ecumenical Service and email to Melissa G. Davis at Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org.
- World Student Christian 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.
Kadeem on CANAAC and CANACOM (PDF)