Ecumenical and Interreligious

Conciliar Bodies and Partners

World Council of Churches
A worldwide fellowship of churches seeking unity, a common witness and Christian service.

National Council of Churches (NCC)
The National Council of Churches, founded in 1950, is the leading force for ecumenical cooperation among Christians in the United States. The NCC’s 36 Protestant, Anglican, and Orthodox member denominations include more than 50 million persons in 140,000 local congregations in communities across the nation.

National Workshop on Christian Unity
In 1963, a group of Roman Catholics, in the context of Vatican II, met to equip local leadership for the task of ecumenical ministry. In 1969, they invited leaders of other Christian communions to join, and today the national ecumenical officers of the churches continue their oversight of the workshop, which is planned by national and local committees. There are both denominational and ecumenical sessions during the workshop.

Christian Churches Together
Catholic, Evangelical, Pentecostal, Orthodox, African-American, and Protestant Christian Communions (Denominations) in the U.S.A. witnessing together to in the U.S.A. witnessing together to the reconciling power of the Gospel of Jesus.

Churches Uniting in Christ (CUIC)
In 2002, 11 Christian communions pledged to live more closely together in expressing their unity in Christ and combating racism through Churches Uniting in Christ. In the midst of war, terrorism, disasters, economic collapse, strident political polarization, and increasing wealth disparity, these church bodies are deepening their relationships and extending their common life. They look forward to a greater public witness of reconciling the baptized and seeking unity with justice.

Religions for Peace USA
Religions for Peace USA is the largest and most broadly-based representative multi-religious forum in the United States, with participants from more than 50 religious communities, representing each of the major faith traditions.

Parliament of the World’s Religions
The Parliament of the World’s Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.

Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP)
A coalition of 20 public policy offices of national churches and agencies (Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant) that focuses on Washington believing sound United States policy is crucial to achieving and maintaining just and stable relationships throughout the Middle East.

Bread for the World (BFW)
A nationwide Christian citizens movement seeking justice for the world’s hungry people by lobbying our nation’s decision-makers, and engaging in research and education on policies related to hunger and development.

Church World Service (CWS)
A relief, development, and refugee assistance ministry of 36 Protestant, Orthodox, and Anglican denominations in the United States. Working in partnership with indigenous organizations in more than 80 countries, CWS works worldwide to meet human needs and foster self-reliance for all whose way is hard.

Consultation on Common Texts
An ecumenical consultation of liturgical scholars and denominational representatives from the U.S. and Canada who produces texts common liturgical texts for common use in North America.