I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one.

As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

-- John 17:20-21, NRSV


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Berlin's Ecumenical Interfaith Room of Silence: A Symbol of Peace and Harbinger of Hope
 By Donald E. Messer*

Amid the distracting noise in the heart of bustling Berlin, Germany, exists an ecumenical, interfaith Room of Silence where people from around the world stop to pray and meditate.

Located within the famed Brandenburg Gate, where opposing military forces and political ideologies clashed until the Berlin Wall collapsed in 1989, the Room of Silence was created as a symbol of peace and inclusiveness for all people.

Persons are encouraged to enter without fear.  A statement of purpose invites individuals to "remain in silence, . . . relax, gain strength for daily life, . . . meditate and to feel gratitude . . . ."  The sponsors say the room is "a symbol .  . . to tolerance and the brotherhood of humanity embracing all nationalities and ideologies, a continuous reminder against violence and xenophobia .  .  . a small step towards peace and spiritual unity.” 
North American Academy of Ecumenists
 The North American Academy of Ecumenists invite you to participate in the realizing the gift of unity with which Jesus Christ establishes the church and by which the Holy Spirit sustains it. The annual conference is open to all who are interested and involved in ecumenical work.

The Academy features presentations from leading theologians and ecclesiastics on the ecumenical issues of the day. Its membership includes teaching theologians, church officials, and clergy, religious and laity actively pursing Christian unity.

NAAE membership provides a subscription to the Journal of Ecumenical Studies in which conference presentations are published. Membership also helps support the expenses of the essay contest and providing the conference at the end of September.

The membership period follows an academic year of June through May, while the JES subscription is a calendar year beginning in January. Each annual volume includes four separate issues, one per season, with NAAE papers appearing in either the Summer or Fall issue; roughly a year after presentation.

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Scholarship Available for The 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions

The 2015 Parliame nt of the World’s Religions will take place from October 15 through October 19, 2015 in Salt Lake City. The event includes worship, workshops, plenaries and a women’s assembly. Speakers include: Jim Wallis, Eboo Patel, Tavis Smiley, Arun Gandhi, Oscar Arias, and at the Golden Banquet, The Dalai Lama and Karen Armstrong. Scholarship will be awarded to three United Methodist seminary students and three other United Methodist first time participants to cover the registration fee plus a stipend for housing, travel and meals. The application deadline is May 22, 2015.

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Ecumenical training scholarships awarded to United Methodist seminary students

 booksThe Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships of the Council of Bishops has awarded five scholarships to United Methodist seminary students to attend the United Methodist Ecumenical Training Event (UMEIT) on April 20, 2015, in Charlotte, N.C. The scholarship covers the students’ registration, travel, and lodging during the event. 

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