Online Registration for the National Workshop on Christian Unity is now online. This year, you can register for NWCU and EDEIO all in one transaction online! This year’s workshop features many great speakers and seminar leaders including Dr. Amy-Jill Levine. See the full brochure here. Registration is due by April 1st.
February 28, 2014
As part of a Acts8 BLOGFORCE Friday, EDEIO Communications officer David Simmons blogs: Assumed Ecumenism and the Missionary Society
Ecumenism is not a sexy thing. But the ecumenical movement has in some ways succeeded beyond its dreams. Many young people already live an “Assumed Ecumenism.” They see the essential unity of the church in Jesus. American denominationalism is a distraction from mission. If we approach the missionization of our culture from the vantage point of proclaiming “The Episcopal Church,” we will fail. We may succeed if we proclaim Jesus in a way that is grounded in the baptismal covenant and common prayer.
February 15, 2014
The board of Episcopal Diocesan Ecumenical and Interfaith Officers (EDEIO) held their annual meeting at the Duncan Conference Center in DelRay Beach, Florida, February 10th – 13th. In attendance was the Presiding Bishop’s Deputy for Ecumenical and Interfaith Collaboration, the Rev. Margaret Rose. Ecumenical counterparts from the ELCA (LERN), the Methodist churches (UMEIT) and the Roman Catholic church (CADEIO) met both together and separately from EDEIO. The meeting was spirit-filled and reflected the promise of greater unity between our churches, while acknowledging the issues that still divide us. A change of emphasis in ecumenism from the separation of eucharistic division to the recognized essential unity in baptism was discussed. Closer collaboration between EDEIO and the Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Collaboration was agreed upon. Firmer ties between EDEIO and LERN, including more collaborative meetings, were enjoined. Reports were received on the active dialogues of the Episcopal Church with the United Methodists and the Church of Sweden, as well as the coordinating committees with our full-communion partners. Reports were made of progress on the mandate from General Convention to survey dioceses about local initiatives in inter-religious dialogue – a submission will be provided for the 2015 Blue Book. EDEIO is a member network of The National Workshop on Christian Unity (NWCU), which will be held this year in Albuquerque, NM, from April 28 – May 1. The meeting was permeated with a sense of our essential unity as Christians in Jesus Christ and how our baptismal promise to seek him in all persons commits us to inter-religious dialogue.
Note: Episcopal Diocesan Ecumenical and Interfaith Officers is a network, formed by act of General Convention, of diocesan officers involved in both ecumenical and interfaith work. It supports the work of the Presiding Bishop as the Chief Ecumenical Officer of the Episcopal Church in the areas of dialogue, education, and advocacy. More information and social media links can be found at http://edeio.org
The Rev. David Simmons, ObJN, EDEIO Communications officer
April 15, 2013
Dr. Mitzi Budde (ELCA) and the Rev. Betty Gamble (UMC) discuss the work of Coordinating Committees, which help with implementation of full communion agreements. Dr. Budde serves on the Lutheran/Episcopal Coordinating Committee (LECC) and Betty Gamble serves on the Methodist/Lutheran committee. Filmed at a joint EDEIO/LERN/UMEIT Plenary at the National Workshop on Christian Unity in Columbus Ohio in April of 2013.
Documents from this talk:
April 10, 2013
April 9, 2013
Lucinda Allen Mosher, Th. D. teaches at Hartford Seminary. Her book, “Toward Our Mutual Flourishing – The Episcopal Church, Interreligious Relations, and Theologies of Religious Manyness” traces the history of Interfaith Dialogue in the Episcopal Church. Her address is to the Episcopal Diocesan Ecumenical and Interfaith Officers in 2013.