Christian ecumenism is concerned with the unity of the church in service to the unity and peace of the world.
Cardinal Walter Kasper, writing in Martin Luther, An Ecumenical Perspective
Thus it is absolutely clear that ecumenism, the movement promoting Christian unity, is not just some sort of “appendix” which is added to the Church’s traditional activity. Rather, ecumenism is an organic part of her life and work, and consequently must pervade all that she is and does; it must be like the fruit borne by a healthy and flourishing tree which grows to its full stature. Ut Unum Sint:20
Monsignor Vincent J. Grimalia
Diocesan Coordinator for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations
Resources on Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations:
There are many agencies which can supply materials to help you learn about the ecumenical movement and about people involved in the movement. We offer here a select list.
Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII)
Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII), which prepares these resources for the Week of Prayer, is an information and service organization in the Roman Catholic Church serving the ecumenical movement and interreligious affairs on the local, regional, national and international levels.
Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute
475 Riverside Drive, Room 1960
New York, NY 10115
Tel 212-870-2330; Fax 212-870-2001
Email: email@example.com Website www.geii.org
The World Council of Churches (WCC)
The World Council of Churches (WCC) is a fellowship of more than 330 churches of the Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox and Old Catholic traditions. These churches gather for study, witness, service and the advancement of unity. The WCC includes in its membership churches in more than 100 countries. The WCC’s US Office offers general interpretive materials in print and video, a publications catalog/book list and periodicals.
The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCCCUSA)
The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCCCUSA) is a community of more than 350 Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox churches that makes a common witness through the council and that works together to serve the churches and the world.
National Council of Churches USA
110 Maryland Avenue NE, Suite 108
Washington, DC 20002-5603
Phone: 202-544-2350; Fax: 202-543-1297
NCC’s Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches
Councils of churches or ecumenical/interfaith agencies of your city, county, or state may be able to supply brochures, displays or other resources about their work. Listings for these organizations appear in the NCC’s Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches. Local libraries and church offices may carry this reference. It can also be ordered from NCC.
Your own church’s regional, judicatory or national ecumenical officer or ecumenical commission can give you information on the ecumenical participation of your denomination.
Glenmary Research Center
Glenmary Research Center serves a wide variety of church bodies and offers some useful tools in understanding the religious affiliations and trends of church membership in the United States.
Glenmary Research Center
2 Fifth Avenue, North
Nashville, TN 37208
Tel 615-256-1905; Fax 615-256-1902
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website www.glenmary.org
Church Women United (CWU)
Church Women United (CWU) is an ecumenical movement providing Christian women with programs and channels of involvement in church, civic, national and international affairs. For interpretive material, including information on CWU program priorities, the World Day of Prayer and other celebrations,
Contact : Church Women United
475 Riverside Drive, Room 243
New York, NY 10115
Tel 800-298-5551; 212-870-2347; Fax 212-870-2338
Email: email@example.com Website www.churchwomen.org
Churches Uniting in Christ (CUIC)
Churches Uniting in Christ (CUIC) is a relationship among ten Christian communions that have pledged to live more closely together in expressing their unity in Christ and to combat racism together. CUIC is both an outgrowth of the Consultation on Church Union (COCU), an organization that worked for more than 40 years toward the day when Christians can become more fully reconciled to each other. In January 2002, Churches Uniting in Christ succeeded COCU and came into being. CUIC offers a video, newsletter and other publications on its work, including information on its inauguration and goals for the present time.
Churches Uniting in Christ
Louisville, KY 40206