for Ecumenical and Interreligious Understanding
of Ecumenical Information
There are many agencies which can supply materials to help you learn
about the ecumenical movement and about personnel involved in the movement.
We offer here a select list.
• The 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. Contact the Graymoor Ecumenical &
Interreligious Institute, 475 Riverside Drive Riverside Drive,
Room 1960, New York, NY 10115. Tel (+212) 870-2330.
Fax (+212) 870-2001. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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. Contact the World Council of
Churches US Office, 475 Riverside Drive Riverside Drive, Room 915, New
York, NY 10115. Tel (+212) 870-2529. Fax (+212) 870-2528.
Email email@example.com. Website
• 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. Contact the NCC Communication
Department, 475 Riverside Drive Riverside Drive, Room 880, New
York, NY 10115. Tel (+212) 870-2227. Fax (+212) 870-2030.
• 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 the NCC. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Your own church’s regional, judicatory or national ecumenical
officer or ecumenical commission can give you information on the ecumenical
participation of your denomination.
• The National Association of Ecumenical and Interreligious Staff
(NAEIS) is a professional organization for ecumenical and interreligious
leaders with membership across the nation. Retired, active and
inactive ecumenical professionals available as speakers or resource
persons can be identified. Contact the National Association of
Ecumenical and Interreligious Staff, 475 Riverside Drive Riverside Drive,
Room 870, New York, NY 10115. Tel (+212) 870-2560.
Fax (+212) 870-2158. Email email@example.com.
• 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. Contact
the Glenmary Research Center, 1312 Fifth Avenue, North, Nashville, TN
37208. Tel (+615) 256-1905. Fax (+615) 256-1902. Email
• 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 the Church Women United,
475 Riverside Drive Riverside Drive, Room 1626, New York, NY 10115.
Tel 1-800-298-5551; (+212) 870-2347. Fax (+212) 870-2338.
• Churches Uniting in Christ (CUIC) is an ecumenical movement
of nine American Christian communions authorized to explore the formation
of a new full fellowship of churches “truly catholic, truly evangelical
and truly reformed”. The child of the Consultation on Church
Union (COCU), Churches Uniting in Christ succeeded COCU and came into
being in January 2002. CUIC offers a video, newsletter and other
publications on its work, including information on its inauguration
and goals for the present time. Contact Churches Uniting in Christ,
700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115-1100 Tel (+216) 736-3294.
Fax (+216)736-3296. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Printed Resources For Ecumenical and Interreligious Understanding
Here is a select list of recent publications. We present them
in alphabetical order by title or subject, followed by author/editor
and information about obtaining copies.
Books, Pamphlets, Articles
Bridging Our Faiths. Interreligious Council of
San Diego. Adherents of six religious faiths answer in
their own words a set of questions they posed to each other on core
beliefs and understandings, practices and holidays. For
each faith also, a glossary of terms and reading list. Available
from Paulist Press, 997 MacArthur Boulevard, Mahwah, NJ 07430.
Tel 1-800-218-1903; (+201) 825-7300. Fax 1-800-836-3161.
Councils of Churches and the Ecumenical Vision. 2000. Diane
Kessler and Michael Kinnamon. A defining reflection. Available
from World Council of Churches Distribution Center, Kutztown, PA 19530.
Tel 1-800-523-8211. Fax (+610) 683-5616. Email email@example.com.
“Ecumenical Accountability”. Massachusetts
Council of Churches. Guidelines for developing ecumenical
accountability in the areas of worship, pastoral care, protocol, evangelism,
and social witness. Available from Massachusetts Council of Churches,
14 Beacon Street, Room 416, Boston, MA 02108. Tel (+617)
523-2771. Fax (+617) 523-1483. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Single copies free; bulk rates have a nominal cost.
The Ecumenical Gift Exchange. 1998. Margaret
O’Gara. Articulate reflection on significant topics
by an ecumenical Roman Catholic theologian, teacher and dialogue participant
out of her rich involvement with the ecumenical movement. Available
from the Liturgical Press, St. John’s Abbey, PO Box 7500, Collegeville,
MN 56321. Tel 1-800-858-5450. Fax 1-800-455-5899.
Ecumenism 101: A Handbook about the Ecumenical Movement. 1997.
Alton M. Motter. An engaging 80-page primer on ecumenism
B its many facets, its history and development B written by a seasoned
ecumenist in question and answer format. Available from Forward
Movement Publications, 412 Sycamore Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.
Tel 1-800-543-1813. Fax (+513) 721-0729. Email email@example.com.
Paper $6.95 (plus $1.90 shipping & handling).
Encounters of Unity: Sharing Faith, Prayer and Life.
1995. G. R. Evans, Lorelei F. Fuchs, SA and Diane C. Kessler,
eds. Autobiographical reflections by ecumenical actors
and leaders in varied arenas around the world. Available from
Morehouse Publishing, PO Box 1321, Harrisburg, PA 17105.
Tel 1-800-877-0012. Fax (+717) 541-8128. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ending Racism in the Church. 1998. Susan
E. Davies and Sr. Paul Teresa Hennessee, SA, eds. Essays
and case studies developed by a U.S. Faith and Order study group in
support of the churches’ common commitment to eradicating racism
in Christian circles and in society. Available from United Church
Press, 700 Prospect Avenue East, Cleveland, OH 44115. Tel
1-800-537-3394. Fax (+216) 726-2206. Website www.@ucc.org.
For the Conversion of the Churches. 1993.
Groupe des Dombes. A challenge to the divided churches
to recognize that their identity is grounded in a continual conversion
and that it is on this basis that their unity will be realized.
Available from World Council Publications, Kutztown, PA 19530.
Tel 1-800-523-8211. Fax (+212) 870-2528. Email email@example.com.
Grounds for Understanding: Ecumenical Resources for Responses
to Pluralism. 1998. Mark S. Heim, ed.
Exploring the distinctly Christian character of the call to interreligious
dialogue, writers from eleven different Christian traditions share their
confession’s characteristic approaches to the challenges and possibilities
raised by religious pluralism, revealing a richness of resources
for Christian response to religious diversity. Available from
Eerdmans Publishing Company, 255 Jefferson Avenue SE, Grand Rapids,
MI 49503. Tel 1-800-253-7521. Fax (+616) 459-6540.
Guidelines for Ecumenical Dialogue on Church-Dividing Issues.
1998. Developed by the Christian Conference of Connecticut and
its Task Force on Church Dividing Issues, adaptable in any church setting
and by ecumenical groups particularly. Available from the conference,
60 Lorraine Street, Hartford, CT 06105. Tel (+860) 236-4281.
Fax (+860) 236-9977. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Handbook for Interreligious Dialogue. Prepared
by the Faiths in the World Committee and National Association of Diocesan
Ecumenical Officers (NADEO). Includes a general description of
many religious traditions, the Roman Catholic document “The Attitude
of the Church Towards the Followers of Other Religions”,
suggestions for dialogue and further reading. Available from Silver
Burdett & Ginn, Customer Service Center, PO Box 2649, 4350 Equity
Drive, Columbus, OH 43216. Tel 1-800-848-9500. Fax 1-800-841-8939.
How to be a Perfect Stranger: A Guide to Etiquette in Other
People’s Religious Ceremonies. 1997.
What to expect at the worship services, initiation rituals, wedding
ceremonies and funerals of different faith groups, A careful,
useful resource. Volume 1 covers twenty faith groups in the US,
and Volume 2, seventeen more. Order from Jewish Lights Publishing,
Sunset Farms Offices, PO Box 237, Woodstock, VT 05091. Tel
1-800-962-4544. Fax (+802) 451-4004. Email email@example.com.
Website www.yirbu.com. Paper
$24.95 per volume.
Introduction to Ecumenism. 1998. Jeffrey
Gros, FSC, Eamon McManus and Ann Riggs. An entry
into ecumenical life and thought. Enlightenment on the history,
current shape and critical developments in the one ecumenical movement.
Available from Paulist Press, 997 MacArthur Boulevard, Mahwah, NJ
07430. Tel 1-800-218-1903; (+201) 825-7300. Fax 1-800-836-3161.
Latino-Hispanic Americans and the Ecumenical Movement: Select Articles.
Carlos F. Cardoza Orlandi, “‘Now you see it, Now you don’t’:
Mission and Ecumenism in a Hispanic/Latino Perspective”, Theology
Today 54 (Jan 1998) 499-566; Daisy Machado, “Ecumenism in
the Barrio”, Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology 3 (Nov
1995) 6-13; Carmelo Alvarez, “Ecumenism in Transition through
Spanish Eyes”, Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology 4
(Nov 1996) 60-74; Ricardo Ramirez, “The Challenge of Ecumenism
to Hispanic Christians”, Ecumenical Trends 21:8(1992)
117, 128-131; “Together in Pilgrimage Towards the 3rd Millennium:
Ecumenical Focus on the Hispanic Community”, Ecumenical Trends
24:6 (1996) 81-82, 91-96.
The Multifaith Calendar. This stunning 12-month calendar
notes Aboriginal, Bahà’ì, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu,
Islamic, Jain, Jewish, Sikh, Unitarian, Wicca and Zoroastrian festivals
and holy days. Available from Multifaith Calendar Committee, 33 Arrowwood
Place, Port Moody, BC, Canada V3H 4J1. Tel & Fax (+604) 469-1164
Out of the Ashes: Burned Churches and the Community of Faith.
1997. Norman A. Hjelm. The story of the burnings and the response
of the NCCC/USA and its member churches, with theological and social
reflections. Available from Thomas Nelson Publishers, 501 Nelson Place,
Nashville, TN 37214. Tel 1-800-251-4000; (+615) 889-900. Fax (+615)
902-1287. Website www.thomasnelson.com.
Practicing Ecumenism. How to encourage local
ecumenism: intercessory prayers for unity, suggestions for interchurch
cooperation, suggestions for worship and ecumenical creativity, ecumenical
articles and study information. Available from the Liturgical Conference,
8750 Georgia Avenue, Suite 123, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Tel 1-800-
394-0885; (+301) 495-0885. Fax (+202) 832-6523. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Website www.litconf.org. $10.95
per copy (plus $1.00 shipping & handling); reduced-rate bulk orders
“Protocol for Mediating Ethical/Moral Difference within
the Ecumenical Covenant”. A response to recent
intensification of the sense of differences between and within churches
on ethical issues, this leaflet offers guidelines for honest and respectful
dialogue— practical standards within the ecumenical context. Available
free from the New Mexico Conference of Churches, 124 Hermosa SE, Albuquerque,
NM 87108. Tel (+505) 255-1509. Fax (+505) 256-0071. Website
Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land: The African
American Churches and Ecumenism. William Watley, 1994. A
portrait of the seven historic black churches, their worship life, international
mission, theological enterprise and ecumenical relationships. Available
from World Council Publications, Kutztown, PA 19530. Tel 1-800-523-8211.
Fax (+212) 870-2528. Email email@example.com.
Website www.wcc-coe.org Paper $7.95.
A Sourcebook for Earth’s Community of Religions.
1995 (revised). Joel Beversluis, ed. A fine reference tool
of prayers and readings from religious traditions, reference material,
directory information, political and ecological analysis, international
documents, annotated resource guides and more. Available from CoNexus,
PO Box 6902, Grand Rapids, MI 49516. Tel 1-800-452-7514 and from Global
Education Associates, Room 1848, 475 Riverside Drive Riverside Drive,
New York, NY 10115. Tel (+212) 870-3290. Fax (+212) 870-229. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Taking Steps Toward Christian Unity”.
Program ideas for local councils of churches and other ecumenically
interested persons. Helps churches together find ways to celebrate their
unity in Jesus Christ; affirm their diversity; witness together to all
people; serve together to meet human needs; dismantle remaining divisions;
grow into more visible unity. Available free from Massachusetts Council
of Churches, 14 Beacon Street, Room 416, Boston, MA 02108. Tel (+617)
523-2771. Fax (+617) 523-1483. Email email@example.com.
That All May Be One: Catholic Reflections on Christian Unity.
2000. Ernest Falardeau. Creative essays on various unity themes
arranged for each month of the year ensure an awareness of the importance
of the church’s search for unity as a year-round concern. Available
from Paulist Press, 997 MacArthur Boulevard, Mahwah, NJ 07430. Tel 1-800-218-1903;
(+201) 825-7300. Fax 1-800-836-3161. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Vision of Christian Unity. 1997. Thomas
F. Best and Theodore J. Nottingham, eds. Written to honor
Disciples of Christ ecumenist Paul Crow, Informative, significant
reflections on key aspects of the ecumenical movement. Available from
Oikoumene Publications, 130 East Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN
46204. Tel (+317) 635-3100. Fax (+317) 635-3700.
Paper $23.00 (includes shipping and handling).
Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches 2002.
Eileen W. Lindner, ed. Indispensable, comprehensive annual
directory of churches in the United States and Canada providing quick-reference
access to names, addresses, telephone and fax numbers for church bodies,
ecumenical and interfaith agencies, theological seminaries, religious
periodicals, some non-Christian bodies, plus historical and statistical
data. Available from the National Council of Churches, Office of the
Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches, 475 Riverside Drive Riverside
Drive, Room 880, New York, NY 10115. Tel (+212) 870-2031
(888) 870-3325. Fax (+212) 870-2817.
Email email@example.com. Website
$55.00 (includes shipping & handling).
Ecumenical Courier: A Quarterly Publication of the US Conference
of the World Council of Churches. Newsletter of
the US Office of the WCC, 475 Riverside Drive Riverside Drive, Room
915, New York, NY 10115. Tel (+212) 870-2533. Fax
(+212) 870-2528. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ecumenical Review. A quarterly publication
of the World Council of Churches containing articles on current issues
in ecumenical relations and world affairs. Available from the
WCC Publications Office, 150 route de Ferney, 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland.
Tel (+41-22) 791-6111. Fax (+41-22) 791-0361. Website
Ecumenical Trends. A monthly (except
August) publication of the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious
Institute containing articles on current developments, ecumenical news
and documentation. Tel1-800-338-2620 x2109; (+845) 424-2109.
Fax (+845) 424-2163. Email email@example.com.
USA: $18.00; elsewhere: $20.00 per year; $38.00 for two years.
Ecumenism.Homily Service. A resource
for preachers based on the ecumenical lectionary. Published monthly.
Each edition lists the scripture readings for Sundays and feast days,
with theological and homiletic reflections and creative pastoral ideas
for breaking open the scriptural word. Available from the Liturgical
Conference, 415 Michigan Avenue N. E., Suite 65. Washington,
D.C. 20017-1518. Tel (+202)832-6520. Fax (+202) 832-6523.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Website
www.litconf.org. $60.00 per
Journal of Ecumenical Studies. A quarterly
journal for scholars, distinguished for its coverage of developments
in interreligious dialogue as well as of the ecumenical movement.
Available from Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Temple University,
1114 West Berks Street, Philadelphia, PA. 19122. Tel (+215)
204-7714. Fax (+215) 204-4569. Email email@example.com.
35.00 per year.
Liturgy. An ecumenical pastoral resource
on liturgy for the renewal of the worship of the Christian churches.
Quarterly. Available from the Liturgical Conference, 8750 Georgia
Avenue, Suite 123, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
Tel 1-800-394-0885; (+301) 495-0885. Fax (+202) 832-6523.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Website
www.litconf.org. $25.00 per
Mid-Stream: The Ecumenical Movement Today.
Published quarterly by the Council on Christian Unity of the Christian
Church (Disciples of Christ). Issues are built around themes.
Features include sections on events in the oikoumenë and
ecumenical documents: texts and critical reflections, book reviews.
Available from the Council on Christian Unity, PO Box 1986, 130 E Washington
Street, Indianapolis, IN 46206. Tel (+317) 713-2586. Fax
(+317) 713-2588. Website www.disciples.org/ccu.
$20.00 per year.
One In Christ. A continuation of the
Eastern Churches Quarterly. On topics of ecumenical concern, OIC
is a Catholic ecumenical review published at Turvey Abbey, Turvey, Bedfordshire,
MK43 8DE England. International air mail £22.50 pounds per
Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute
PO Box 300, Garrison, New York 10524-0300