Registration for the National Workshop on Christian Unity is now available at NWCU.org!
July 6, 2015
A report from Richard J. Mammana, Jr., the Ecumenical and Interreligious Associate on the actions of General Convention with Ecumenical/Interfaith implications:
1. Two resolutions (A018 and C046) affirmed strong support for ongoing interfaith relations, conversations, and education.
2. B004 on full communion with the Church of Sweden passed unanimously, in the presence of Swedish Archbishop Emeritus Anders Wejryd and the Church of Sweden’s chief ecumenical officer, Christopher Meakin. The report supporting this resolution is at https://extranet.generalconvention.org/staff/files/download/13742.pdf .
3. It is important to clarify slightly the content of Resolution D063 for “Ongoing Episcopal Church Dialog [sic] with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.” The text of this resolution does not in fact refer to a bilateral dialogue. It resolves to “continue the conversation between The Episcopal Church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the purposes of friendship, good will, and mutual understanding.”
4. A resolution not on the Committee 15 list, but of potential ecumenical/Anglican Communion interest, refers to the transfer of clergy between provinces of the communion. It’s C033, at http://www.generalconvention.org/gc/2015-resolutions/C033/current_english_text . The Standing Commission on Constitution and Canons will take up this matter.
5. Other resolutions of importance for ecumenical and interreligious relations were B013, C003, C012, C018 and D016 on various aspects of the peace process in the Holy Land, the possibility of divestment, and simultaneous support for Palestinian statehood and Israeli sovereignty. These resolutions were part of the work of the committee on Social Justice and International Policy, and they can be read here: http://www.generalconvention.org/gc/2015-resolutions?cid=589 . Convention did not act to pursue a policy of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). It did act in support for and solidarity with the ancient Christian communities of the Middle East.
6. Resolution A171 commended Pope Francis’s recent encyclical on climate as “a landmark encyclical focusing on the reality of climate change and the interrelated nature of our world,” and encouraged the Presiding Bishop to write a Pastoral Letter on the same topics.
7. Resolution A070 to “Make Appointments to Dialogues and Coordinating Committees” passed, and included a provision “That vacancies on dialogues and coordinating committees be widely publicized and a call for applications and expressions of interest be made.”
April 20, 2015
The National Workshop on Christian Unity begins today. Christians will be gathering from all over the US from various denominations to work together for the unity of the church. More will be posted here and on our EDEIO Social Media feeds as it continues.
February 4, 2015
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