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The ecumenical movement is The Episcopal Church’s response to Jesus’ prayer for his disciples in John 17:21 “that they may all be one.” The Office for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations offers prayers for unity and participates in formal dialogues to nurture a spirit of understanding and respect, while collaborating actively in mission and ministry opportunities. The Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations works closely with Episcopal Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers (EDEIO) to equip diocesan officers to carry out their work. Each province of The Episcopal Church is represented by a provincial coordinator elected from within the organization.
Full Communion Partners
Communion in the Church and communion between and among the churches is a dynamic reality, a reality in progress, a reality never perfectly achieved, a reality with which we struggle as we struggle in our personal communion with God and with one another.
Ecumenical Dialogue Partners
The Episcopal Church is engaged in formal bilateral talks with the following churches. These dialogues have been established by act of General Convention and are provided with oversight by the Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations in conjunction with clergy and laity appointed by the EIR and the Office of General Convention.
- Presbyterian-Episcopal Dialogue February 2021 CommuniquéWith continued consideration to health and safety during COVID-19, the members of the Presbyterian-Episcopal Dialogue met February 22-23, 2021 via Zoom. Representing the Presbyterian Church were Ruling Elder Anne Bond (co-chair), the Rev. Dr. Neal Presa […]
- September 2020 Episcopal-Presbyterian Dialogue CommuniquéMeeting remotely by Zoom on September 17th and 18th, 2020, the representatives of the Episcopal-Presbyterian Bilateral Dialogue met and considered how the two ecclesial traditions could work to deepen ties and work together for mutual mission. […]
- Task Force to Coordinate Ecumenical and Interreligious WorkThe General Convention in 2018 established a new Task Force to Coordinate Ecumenical and Interreligious Work. The twelve members of the group are appointed by the Presiding Bishop and the President of the House of Deputies […]
- Statements on Hagia SophiaThe Episcopal Church joins with the Anglican Communion/Archbishop of Canterbury … our ecumenical and interfaith partners in calling on the Turkish government to maintain the status quo with Hagia Sophia remaining as an open cultural and […]
- Anti-COVID World Prayer Thursday, May 14thRome (NEV), May 8 2020 – The interim General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (CEC), Rev. Prof. Dr. Ioan Sauca, has invited all member churches to observe a global prayer day on 14 May. […]
- 1988 Episcopal Church Guidelines for Christian-Jewish RelationsGuidelines for Christian-Jewish Relations for Use in the Episcopal Church General Convention of the Episcopal Church, July, 1988 Introduction “All real living is meeting.” These words of the Jewish philosopher, Martin Buber, point to the essence […]