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Other Resources: Ecumenical & Interreligious Understanding

2012 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Sources 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.

  • 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:
    Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute 
    475 Riverside Drive, Room 1960 
    New York, NY 10115 
    Tel 212-870-2330; Fax 212-870-2001
    Email: lmnygeii@aol.com Website www.geii.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:
    World Council of Churches US Office 
    475 Riverside Drive, Room 1370
    New York, NY 10115 
    Tel 212-870-3260; Fax 212-870-2528
    Email jwa@wcc-usa.org Website www.wcc-usa.org
  • 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:
    NCC Communication Department 
    475 Riverside Drive, Room 880 
    New York, NY 10115 
    Tel 212-870-2227; Fax 212-870-2030
    Email: ncccusa@ncccusa.org Website www.ncccusa.org
  • 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.
    Tel 212- 870-2301; 888-870-3325
    Email: yearbook@ncccusa.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:
    National Association of Ecumenical and Interreligious Staff 
    P O Box 7093 
    Tacoma, WA 98406-0093 
    Tel: (253) 759-0141; Fax: (253) 759-9689
    Email: naeisjan@aol.com Website: www.naeis.org
  • 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:
    Glenmary Research Center 
    312 Fifth Avenue, North 
    Nashville, TN 37208 
    Tel 615-256-1905; Fax 615-256-1902
    Email: ksanchagrin@mhc.edu Website www.glenmary.org/grc
  • 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 1626 
    New York, NY 10115 
    Tel 800-298-5551; 212-870-2347; Fax 212-870-2338
    Email: cwu@churchwomen.org Website www.churchwomen.org
  • 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. Contact:
    Rev. Patrice Rosner, Director 
    Churches Uniting in Christ 
    475 East Lockwood 
    Webster Groves, MO 63119 
    Tel 314-252-3160
    Email: prosner@eden.edu Website: www.cuicinfo.org

Printed Resources for Ecumenical and Interreligious Understanding

  • Books, Pamphlets, Articles
    A Century of Prayer for Christian Unity. 2009. Catherine E Clifford, editor
    This book is a celebration of the one hundred year history of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. It serves as a resource for understanding the theology and practice of common prayer for the reconciliation of the churches. Available from:
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
    2140 Oak Industrail Drive, N.E.
    Grand Rapids, MI 49505
    Website www.eerdmans.com
  • 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 800-218-1903; 201- 825-7300; Fax 800-836-3161
    Email: info@paulistpress.com Website www.paulistpress.com
  • Christians and Jews In Dialogue - Learning in the Presence of Others. 2006. Mary Boys and Sara S Lee. This work is a groundbreaking resource for those involved in interreligious dialogue. This work is designed to lead the reader into developing new approaches to interfaith dialogue and seeks to create new understandings of the religious other and of one's own religious tradition.
    Available from:
    Skylight Paths Publishing
    Sunset Farm Offices
    Route 4, Box 237
    Woodstock, VT 05091
    Tel 802-457-4000
  • Councils of Churches and the Ecumenical Vision. 2000. Diane Kessler and Michael Kinnamon. A defining reflection. Available from:
    World Council of Churches Distribution Center 
    International Specialized Book Services 
    920 NE 58th Ave. Suite 300 
    Portland, OR 97213 
    Tel 800-944-6190; Fax 503-280-8832
    Email: orders@isbs.com Website www.isbscatalog.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: council@masscouncilofchurches.org
    Website www.masscouncilofchurches.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:
    Liturgical Press 
    St. John's Abbey 
    PO Box 7500 
    Collegeville, MN 56321 
    Tel 800-858-5450; Fax 800-455-5899
    Email: sales@litpress.org Website www.litpress.org
  • Ecumenism 101: A Handbook about the Ecumenical Movement. 1997. Alton M. Motter. An engaging 80-page primer on ecumenism - its many facets, its history and development - written by a seasoned ecumenist in question and answer format. Available from:
    Forward Movement Publications 
    412 Sycamore Street 
    Cincinnati, OH 45202 
    Tel 800-543-1813; Fax 513-721-0729
    Email: orders@forwarddaybyday.com Website www.forwardmovement.org
  • Ecumenism Means You, Too: Ordinary Christians and the Quest for Christian Unity. 2010 Steven R Harmon. This book is written to convince ordinary Christians of their indispensible role in the work of ecumenism. It includes and annotated bibliography and a glossary of key ecumenical terms.
    Available from:
    Cascade Books
    Wipf and Stock Publishers
    199 West 8th Avenue, Suite 3
    Eugene, OR 97401-2960 Tel: (541) 344-1528
    Website: www.wipfandstock.com
    Ordering Inquiries: Orders@wipfandstock.com
  • 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 800-877-0012; Fax 717-541-8128
    Website www.morehousegroup.com
    Email: morehouse@morehousegroup.com 
  • 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 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 of Churches Distribution Center 
    International Specialized Book Services 
    920 NE 58th Ave. Suite 300 
    Portland, OR 97213 
    Tel 800-944-6190; Fax 503-280-8832
    Email: orders@isbs.com Website www.isbscatalog.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 800-253-7521; Fax 616-459-6540
    Email: sales@eerdmans.com Website www.eerdmans.com
  • 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:
    Christian Conference of Connecticut 
    60 Lorraine Street 
    Hartford, CT 06105 
    Tel 860-236-4281; Fax 860-236-9977
    Email: ssidorak@aol.com Website www.ctchurches.org
  • Handbook for Interreligious Dialogue -Prepared by the Faiths in the World Committee and Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers (CADEIO). 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 
    4350 Equity Drive 
    PO Box 2649 
    Columbus, OH 43216 
    Tel 800-552-2259; Fax 800-841-8939
  • A Handbook of Spiritual Ecumenism - 2007. Cardinal Walter Kasper Cardinal Kasper's handbook distills the possibilities of common prayer and witness available to Christians of disparate communions. As a tool of applied ecumenism, this clearly written text provides pastors and teachers with practical ways of engaging others with the mandate to seek unity within the Body of Christ. Available from:
    New City Press 
    202 Cardinal Road 
    Hyde Park, NY 1253 
    Tel: 800-462-5980 or 845 229-0335
  • Harvesting the Fruits: Basic Aspects of Faith in Ecumenical Dialogue - 2009. Cardinal Walter Kasper In this work Cardinal Kasper summarizes the results of the Catholic Church's official dialogues with the Lutheran, Reformed, Anglican and Methodists Churches over 40 years. The work is of crucial importance to anyone engaged in the ecumenical endeavor. 
    Available from:
    Continuum International Publishing Group
    80 Maiden Lane, Suite 704
    New York, NY 10038
  • 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 800-962-4544; 802-457-4000; Fax 802-457-4004
    Email: sales@jewishlights.com Website www.jewishlights.com
  • Interactive Faith: The Essential Interreligious Community-Building Handbook. 2008. Bud Heckman and Rori Picker Neiss. A practical guide to the methods and resources of the interfaith movement. This work is a comprehensive resource that highlights the diversity of the faith community and provides tools for common respect while highlighting new paths toward peace and justice. 
    Available from:
    Skylight Paths Publishing
    Sunset Farm Offices
    Route 4, Box 237
    Woodstock, VT 05091
    Tel 802-457-4000
  • Interreligious Prayer: A Christian Guide - 2008. Thomas Ryan, CSP This book serves as a guide and tool for interreligious encounters addressing practical considerations relating to planning and participation in interreligious prayer and activities. Available from: 
    Paulist Press 
    997 MacArthur Boulevard 
    Mahwah, NJ 07430 
    Tel 800-218-1903; 201-825-7300; Fax 800-836-3161 
    Email: info@paulistpress.com Website www.paulistpress.com
  • 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 800-218-1903; 201-825-7300; Fax 800-836-3161
    Email: info@paulistpress.com Website www.paulistpress.com

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 stunning12-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
    Email: cpander@wkpowerlink.com or david_spence@nwnet.org
  • 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 800-251-4000; 615-889-9000; Fax 615-902-1287
    Email: publicity@thomasnelson.com 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. For information, subscriptions and renewals contact:
    Liturgical Conference 
    P.O. Box 31 
    Evanston, IL 60204 
    Tel 800-354-1420 ext. 216
    Email: customerservice@taylorandfrancis.com
    Website www.liturgicalconference.org
  • 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:
    New Mexico Conference of Churches 
    124 Hermosa SE 
    Albuquerque, NM 87108 
    Tel 505-255-1509; Fax 505-256-0071
    Email: nmcc@nmchurches.org Website www.nmchurches.org
  • Singing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land: The African American Churches and Ecumenism . 1994. William Watley A portrait of the seven historic black churches, their worship life, international mission, theological enterprise and ecumenical relationships. Available from:
    World Council of Churches Distribution Center 
    International Specialized Book Services 
    920 NE 58th Ave. Suite 300 
    Portland, OR 97213 
    Tel 800-944-6190; Fax 503-280-8832
    Email: orders@isbs.com Website www.isbscatalog.com
  • 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:
    Global Education Associates 
    475 Riverside Drive, Room 1626B 
    New York, NY 10115 
    Tel 212-870-3290; Fax 212-870-2729
    Email: globaleduc@earthlink.net Website www.g-e-a.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: council@masscouncilofchurches.org
    Website www.masscouncilofchurches.org
  • 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 800-218-1903; 201-825-7300; Fax 800-836-3161
    Email: info@paulistpress.com Website www.paulistpress.com
  • That They May Be One: The Unity of the Body of Christ. 2000 Jeff Smith and André Leyva. This brief booklet examines how Christian Unity come about through the perspective of Christian living and deep faith in Jesus. Available from:
    The Word Among Us Press
    9639 Doctor Perry Road #126
    Ijmsville, MD 21754
    Tel 1-800-775-WORD (9673); Outside the U.S. 011-1-1-301-874-1700
    Fax: (301) 831-1188 – Website www.wau.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
    Email: wshuffit@cm.disciples.org Website www.disciples.org
  • Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches 2009. Eileen W. Lindner, ed. Indispensable, comprehensive annual directory of churches in the United States and Canada providing quick B 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:
    National Council of Church 
    Office of the Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches 
    475 Riverside Drive, Room 880 
    New York, NY 10115 
    Tel 888- 870-3325; 212-870-2031; Fax 212-870-2817
    Email: yearbook@ncccusa.org

Periodicals

  • Call to UnityCall to Unity will be published 2-3 times a year as a resource for congregations to encourage and support local ecumenical efforts. It is an exciting change for us, and we hope that you will find Call to Unity an valuable and usable resource. Annual rate is $15. Available from:
    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/
  • Ecumenical Courier: A Quarterly Publication of the US Conference of the World Council of Churches. Newsletter of the US Office of the WCC:
    World Council of Churches 
    475 Riverside Drive, Room 915 
    New York, NY 10115 
    Tel 212-870-2533; Fax 212-870-2528
    Email: usa@wcc-coe.org Website www.wcc-coe.org/wcc/usoffice Free.
  • Ecumenical Review. A quarterly publication of the World Council of Churches containing articles on current issues in ecumenical relations and world affairs. Available from:
    WCC Publications Office 
    150 route de Ferney 
    1211 Geneva 2 
    Switzerland 
    Tel +41-22-791-6111; Fax +41-22-791-0361
    Website www.wcc-coe.org
  • Ecumenical Trends. A monthly (except August) publication of the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute containing articles on current developments, ecumenical news and documentation.
    Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute 
    P O Box 300 
    Garrison, NY 10524-0300 
    Tel 800-338-2620 x3303; 845-424-2109; Fax 845-424-2163
    Email: ecutrends@atonementfriars.org
    Website www.geii.org/ecumenical_trends.htm
    Subscriptions USA: $20.00; elsewhere: $22.00 per year; $36 USA for two years, $40.00 elsewhere.
  • Ecumenism. Published quarterly, each issue is devoted to a particular topic, e.g. “The Growing Churches”, “Orthodoxy in North America”, “Christian-Muslim Dialogue”. News and Resources sections. Also published in French. Available from:
    Canadian Centre for Ecumenism 
    2065 Sherbrooke Street 
    West, Montreal, QC H3H 1G6 
    Tel 514-937-9176; Fax 514-937-4986
    Email: ccocce@total.net Website www.oecumenisme.ca/
  • 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:
    Liturgical Conference 
    P O Box 31 
    Evanston, IL 60204 
    Tel 800-354-1420, ext. 216
    Email: customerservice@taylorandfrancis.com
    Website www.liturgicalconference.org
  • 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 
    114 West Berks Street, Ste 511 
    Philadelphia, PA 19122-6090 
    Tel 215-204-7714; Fax 215-204-4569
    Email: nkrody@astro.temple.edu or dialogue@vm.temple.edu
    Website http://astro.temple.edu/~dialogue/jesindex.htm
  • Liturgy. An ecumenical pastoral resource on liturgy for the renewal of the worship of the Christian churches. Quarterly. Available from:
    Liturgical Conference 
    P O Box 31 
    Evanston, IL 60204 
    Tel 800-354-1420, ext. 216
    Email: customerservice@taylorandfrancis.com
    Website www.liturgicalconference.org