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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Interfaith Task Force Targets Ebola Health Crisis
 Christians and Muslims are coming together to battle a deadly Ebola health crisis in Sierrra Leone. Religious leaders in the region are playing an important role in convincing people to take the epidemic seriously.  Read more about this ecumenical and interreligious effort.
Celebrating five years of the ELCA-UMC Full Communion Agreement
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. 
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.

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. 

The Power of Ecumenical and Interreligious Relationships
 Kathy Jones
Kathy Jones, director of Connectional Ministries for the 

South Carolina Annual Conference, discusses the power

of ecumenical relationships in addressing education issues

in 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.

“We 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, 2014.  


Christian and Jewish Leaders Achieve Breakthrough, Resuming Dialogue and Engagement
The heads of Jewish and Christian organizations and denominations met in an unprecedented summit in New York City today to discuss strategies to strengthen and maintain relationships even in the face of significant disagreements. The gathering to discuss relationships and how we treat each other was the first to bring together these groups since a letter was sent on October 5, 2012 by Christian groups calling on Congress to investigate Israel’s use of U.S. military aid.
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