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

A Time of Transition PDF Print E-mail
Welcome to the Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships (OCUIR).  Our purpose is to deepen and expand the ecumenical and interreligious ministries of the United Methodist Church through:
  • building partnerships,
  • participating in interfaith dialogue, and  
  • encouraging Christian unity around the world.
You may know us as the former General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns (GCCUIC). The 2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church, the denominations top lawmaking body, took a bold step to fold the GCCUIC and its work into the Council of Bishops.  As of January 1, 2013, the GCCUIC ceased to exist and the Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships under supervision of the Council of Bishops was created.
We are excited about the transition that will take place throughout 2013.  The people of The United Methodist Church and our ecumenical and interfaith partners can look forward to seeing an evolution in the work of the OCUIR.  Our vision includes strengthening our Christian witness and expanding our global involvement in the near future.  While the mandates for ecumenical and interreligious relations remain the same, the approach to how we do this work is under review.  Already, members of the Council of Bishops have begun studying the changing landscape of Christianity in the world to gain a greater understanding of their roles as ecumenical leaders of the church and the opportunities that exist across the denomination for enhancing Christian and interreligious unity.
A new steering committee will be meeting in January to begin the visioning process.   We invite you to be in prayer as this critical transition moves forward.  We also encourage you to check back often for updates.  

During the transition, all of our resources provided by the GCCUIC will be available on this site.

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