Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs

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How can I be involved?

Muslim Affairs

Consider the ATHENAGORAS SOCIETY, which is dedicated to the reconciliation of the Latin and Orthodox Churches, the two largest Christian Churches, which have been tragically separated for almost a thousand years. You may contact the Society at: THE ATHENAGORAS SOCIETY, 8332 Belleview Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64114.

Also, if you are interested in ecumenical relations between Catholicism and the Eastern Orthodox, you may wish to get to know the Eastern Catholic Churches better.   They take a very active role in Catholic-Orthodox ecumenism.   Visit www.melkite.org, or subscribe to Sophia ($15, mailed directly to Sophia, 158 Pleasant St., Brookline, MA 02446.

If you are interested in doing more social action and/or public policy work together with other Christians motivated by the Gospel, the Massachusetts Catholic Conference (the public policy office for the Dioceses of Massachusetts) cooperates on many initiatives with the Massachusetts Council of Churches: Decade to Overcome Violence, Ecumenical Working Group to Counter Racism, Oppose Death Penalty, Protect a Worker’s Right to observe the Sabbath, Prevent Casino Gambling, Promote the Causes of Persons with Disabilities.   On these and other collaborations you may wish to contact the Catholic Conference (617-367-6060).   You may also contact Rev. Jill Wiley of the Mass. Council of Churches 617-523-1483. Of course there are also ecumenical Pro-Life events such as the March for Life.   Many of our fellow Churches and Ecclesial Communities have Pro-life groups (Methodists Against Abortion, Lutherans for Life, etc).

If you are a Young Adult, you may wish to follow the example of other Young Adults who have sought out and invited Young Adult Groups of other Churches or Religions to form an ongoing relationship of Dialogue and Social Life.   For more information, contact the Ecumenical Office (email below).

Visit the HARVARD UNIVERSITY PLURALISM PROGRAM, www.fas.harvard.edu/pluralism 

Envoys for Ecumenism
You are invited to become a member of Envoys for Ecumenism, sponsored by the Massachusetts Council of Churches, an intentional association of individuals committed to invigorating the ecumenical movement through spiritual renewal in companionship and community.   People who are committed to the ecumenical movement – the quest for reconciliation in the body of Christ – often find their faith enriched and enlivened by their encounters with Christians from other churches.  To facilitate this, the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Council of Churches initiated in 1990 “Envoys for Ecumenism”.  Membership is open to anyone who subscribes to the purpose of the association, and who commits him/herself to the ten-point discipline listed below.
You are invited to become a member of Envoys for Ecumenism, sponsored by the Massachusetts Council of Churches, an intentional association of individuals committed to invigorating the ecumenical movement through spiritual renewal in companionship and community.   People who are committed to the ecumenical movement – the quest for reconciliation in the body of Christ – often find their faith enriched and enlivened by their encounters with Christians from other churches.  To facilitate this, the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Council of Churches initiated in 1990 “Envoys for Ecumenism”.  Membership is open to anyone who subscribes to the purpose of the association, and who commits him/herself to the ten-point discipline listed below.

Practice  daily prayer and meditation in the spirit of John 17:21,          “That they may all be one…so that the world may believe…,” including intercessory prayer for other “Envoys for Ecumenism.”
Read, at least weekly, literature about the quest for Christian unity, and/or the relationship between the unity and mission of the Church.
Practice monthly shared Bible study with a person or persons of another Christian tradition.
Give some time, each year, to a voluntary association devoted to promoting Christian unity.
Gather once annually with other “Envoys for Ecumenism” for dinner and dialogue about the observations, hopes and concerns of ecumenical work experienced through involvement in voluntary associations.
Contribute financially to an ecumenical association.
Facilitate and/or participate annually in at least one ecumenical worship service (such as during the week of prayer for Christian unity).
Attend annually at least one ecumenical event for personal edification.
Witness frequently to one’s ecumenical commitment (especially in a local church), and encourage annually at least one other person to become an “Envoy for Ecumenism.
Participate in an annual twenty-four hour retreat for “Envoys for Ecumenism”, during which members can become a gathered community, and can be refreshed by, rewarded for, and rededicated to the ecumenical mandate.
If you would like to become an “Envoy for Ecumenism” please fill out this form and return to :    Envoys for Ecumenism, Massachusetts Council of Churches, 14 Beacon Street, Room 416, Boston, MA 02108.    Phone: 617-523-2771

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“Together We Pray: Christian Prayers for Unity" is a booklet containing thirty-one prayers and related scripture passages for use in a one month cycle, along with a newly comissioned hymn and a litany. It has been prepared for both individual and group use as we anticipate and then celebrate the millennium together as Christians. Contributors include church leaders and representatives from ecumenical agencies across Massachusetts.

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