Ecumenical Resources

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2013 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (traditionally January 18-25)

At least once a year, many Christians become aware of the great diversity of ways of adoring God. Hearts are touched, and people realize that their neighbors' ways are not so strange.  The event that touches off this special experience is  called the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Traditionally celebrated between  January 18-25 (in the northern hemisphere) or at Pentecost (in the southern hemisphere), the Week of Prayer enters into congregations and parishes all over the world. Pulpits are exchanged, and special ecumenical worship services are arranged.   


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Planning an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service in Your Community

In a world that seems much smaller and much more interdependent than we knew before September 11, 2001, the opportunity to share gratitude and pain in various ways is critical. Many congregations and leaders are aware in new ways of other religions and of people of other faiths — particularly the Islamic faith — in their midst. As a matter of Gods shalom and justice, pastors and people have reached out to stand in solidarity with people of faith who were suddenly demonized and the objects of violence and abuse. 


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Call to Worship Litany for World Communion Sunday or All Saints Sunday

We are all one family (English).
Somos todos una familia (Spanish).
Nous sommes tous une famille (French). 


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Global Greetings for World Communion Sunday

World Communion Sunday is a day when many churches want to emphasize that the body of Christ shares the sacrament in the rich diversity while affirming that “there is one body and one Spirit …one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all.” (Ephesians 4:4)  These greetings should be used to supplement languages spoken in the local congregation.  


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Canadian Basic Pattern of Worship

Epworth on the Green is a congregation of the International Foursquare Gospel Church in Toronto, Canada, but they use the same basic and historic pattern of worship as United Methodists and many other churches, Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox, worldwide. That basic pattern is Gathering (or Entrance), Proclamation and Response, Thanksgiving and Communion, and Sending forth.  


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Publications from the World Council of Churches

Every year WCC Publications releases significant new ecumenical resources. Some are chiefly intended for scholars, students and pastors, but many are aimed at lay people in local congregations who wish to inform or deepen their commitment to the unity of the church around the world.  


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Sacramental Faithfulness

In 1998, GBOD and the Utah-Wyoming Subdistrict of the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference sponsored a conference to discuss baptismal theology and practice in The United Methodist Church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. An official representative and member of the Quorum of Seventy of the LDS participated. This conference arose out of a perceived need on the part of United Methodists for more clarity on the issues surrounding the reception of converts from the LDS tradition into the membership of The United Methodist Church. Consensus emerged that The United Methodist Church is in significant need of a clear and consistent official position on this matter.   


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Ecumenical Etiquette: Worshiping with and Toward Others

2006 was a milestone for United Methodists in establishing new relationships of sharing at the Table of the Lord. Two "Interim Eucharistic Sharing Agreements" have been achieved: one with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and, just a few days ago, one with the Episcopal Church USA. The agreement with the ELCA is a first step toward approval of full Communion, which could be achieved as early as our General Conference in 2008.  


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Ecumenical Resources

A bibliography of ecumenical resources. 


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