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

National Christian Leaders Oppose Mass Incarceration
mass logoBishop Mary Ann Swenson, Ecumenical Officer of the Council of Bishops and the Rev. Steven Sidorak, Ecumenical Staff Officer, were among a broad coalition of church leaders in the United States opposing mass incarceration.  During the Christian Churches Together annual meeting, Feb. 4-7, 2014, leaders heard from speakers ranging from incarcerated faith leaders to a federal judge on how the mass incarceration is a destructive system that unjustly affects ethnic minorities. Faith leaders in attendance created a joint statement saying "the church in the United States has a moral and ethical imperative to protect human dignity and must address the problem of mass incarceration in our nation." Click here to read the full statement.

WCC Executive Committee reflects on “pilgrimage for justice and peace”
WCC photoUnited Methodist Ecumenical Officer, Bishop Mar Ann Swenson, was among the World Council of Churches (WCC) leaders working to create strategic plans and visible actions focusing on the churches' efforts toward a "pilgrimage for justice and peace." Read the full story.
Christian Unity Gathering

CU Gathering logoMark your calendars and plan to attend the Christian Unity Gathering sponsored by the National Council of Churches. The gathering, May 18-20, 2014, in Washington, D.C., will focus on the issue of Mass Incarceration and what the ecumenical community is already doing and can do together to combat a justice system that warehouses and disposes disproportionate numbers of people of color. Presenters include Dr. Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund, Jim Wallis, president and editor-in-chief of Sojourners magaine, Dr. Iva Curruthers, general secretary of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conferece, and more.   In addition,  Jim Winkler, general secretary, will offer his vision for NCC during a service of celebration. Click here for the full roster of  presenters and information on the schedule and registration.

World Council of Churches Offers Condolences on the Passing of Lois Dauway

WCC logoIn a Feb. 7, 2014 letter to the United Methodist Ecumenical Officer, Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, the president of the World Council of Churches offers condolences on the passing of Lois Dauway.  The Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit calls Dauway "an extraordinary ecuminist and gift to the World Council of Churches." Follow the link to read the full letter.
World Council of Churches letter of condolence


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