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
Ecumenical / Interfaith Headlines
This August will mark the fifth anniversary of the final vote ratifying the full communion agreement between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the United Methodist Church (UMC).The establishment of this relation was the fruit of years of bilateral dialogues in which each denomination came to recognize each other as equal partners in the mission of God.
Bishop Mark Hanson of the Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America and United Methodist Bishop
William Oden participate in an April 29 morning
worship service at the 2008 United Methodist General
Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.
To mark the occasion, the ELCA-UMC Coordinating Committee is encouraging Lutherans and Methodists to come together for conversation, worship, study and to share a meal with the aim of growing in knowledge of each others' traditions as a way of living into the full communion agreement. Click here to review a model provided by the Coordinating Committee on how to plan a Full Communion event.
On June 20, 2014,
Bishop Elaine Stanovsky led the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference on a
spiritual pilgrimage to the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site,
located near Eads, Colo. The journey, which marked
the 150th anniversary of the Massacre in 1864, was an effort to educate
United Methodist about the church's involvement in the historic tragedy
and to begin healing relationships with Cheyenne and Arapaho people.
During the episcopal address, Bishop Stanovsky gave
a detailed accounting of events leading up to the Sand Creek Massacre.
She also provided suggestions to United Methodists on how respond today
to other historical injustices against indigenous
peoples in the United States. The pilgrimage is part of the
denominational commitment of "Healing Relationships with Indigenous
Persons" launched at the General Conference in 2012. Click here to read the episcopal address.
United Methodists are Christian people born of
mission and born to mission, according to Dr. Glen Messer, associate
ecumenical staff officer of the OCUIR. Follow the link to read Messer's
post that takes an historical look at Methodist Identity.The post is the latest in a series that re-examine the mission document of The United Methodist Church.
"A Life Changed by Grace" by Dr. Glen Messer, II
|Kathy Jones, director of Connectional Ministries for the |
South Carolina Annual Conference, discusses the power
of ecumenical relationships in addressing education issuesin her state.
(Albuquerque, N.M.) – South Carolina United Methodists are in the home
stretch of their One Million Book Effort. By June 3, 2014, they hope
to reach their goal of collecting one million books to distribute
through schools and libraries to children in low-income areas.
see a direct connection between illiteracy and poverty in our state,”
said Kathy Jones, director of Connectional Ministries for the South
Carolina Annual Conference. She described the book effort and the
challenges of poverty to participants at a United Methodist Ecumenical
and Interreligious Training (UMEIT) event in Albuquerque, April 28,
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