Dear Ecumenical Liaison,
The Office of Ecumenical Relations seeks delegates for Ecumenical Service. Please email the application attached with interested participants no later than February 15, 2019.
Episcopal Dialogue and Churches Uniting In Christ (CUIC) Plenary delegation
We will need 3 people for the Episcopal Dialogue. Ideally, they should be either pastors or mid council leaders who have significant experience with the Episcopal Church, have ecumenical sensitivities and able to engage in theological dialogue. The commitment is for 5 years and the dialogue team meets 1 – 2 times a year for about 2 ½ days.
We will need about 4 – 5 people for the CUIC Plenary. The CUIC plenary is June 7 -9 in Montgomery, AL. We need a diversity of people interested in racial justice, ecumenical relations and reconciliation of ministries.
Background Information about the Episcopal Dialogue:
As you some of you may know, we concluded the last round of dialogue with the Episcopal Church and the 223rd General Assembly (2018) approved the next round. We anticipate that the dialogue will focus on the three points under #3 in the recommendations.
- What does membership mean amid the shifting American religious context (relating to paragraph 1 and 6 of the agreement)?
- What can lead to full reconciliation of ordered ministries, including the implications to our global ecumenical relationships? This would include seeking out and consulting the wisdom of other national and international Reformed-Anglican dialogues, including recently published reports of member judicatories in our communions and standing bilateral bodies of national/international churches (e.g., the Church of Scotland and the Scottish Episcopal Church) (relating to Paragraphs 3, 4, 5, 7, and 10 of the agreement).
- Recognizing we are in a post-Christendom world, and using a historic and socioeconomic lens, explore and examine how our ecclesiological identities, doctrines, systems, and institutions have been used with prejudicial power to “other-ize” and exclude people from our denominations, especially in the areas of class and race. What “idols” do we have that prevents us from fully participating in God’s mission and reconcile all things, including our two denominations, to God (relating, again, to Paragraphs 3, 4, 5, 7, and 10 of the agreement)?
Applicants should fill the application attached and email it to Everdith Landrau for consideration.