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THE WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
JANUARY 18–25, 2015

Other Resources:
Ecumenical & Interreligious Understanding

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)
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)
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)
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 202-554-2350
Email: ncccusa@ncccusa.org Website www.ncccusa.org
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.
Tel 202-554-2350; 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 Ecumenical and Interreligious Leaders Network (EILN)
The Ecumenical and Interreligious Leaders Network 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 Website: www.naeis.org
766 John St., Ste. B
Seattle, WA 98109
206-625-9790 ext. 12
Email: naeisjan@aol.com Website: http://eiln.org/
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. 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)
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: cwu@churchwomen.org 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. Contact:
Churches Uniting in Christ 
Box 6496
Louisville, KY 40206
Email: cuic@churchesunitinginchrist.org Website: www.cuicinfo.org

Resources for Ecumenical and Interreligious Understanding

Other Books, Pamphlets, Articles

Fire in the Night: The Life and Legacy of Father Paul of Graymoor
Rev. Joseph Scerbo, S.A., Ph.D., has written a book in honor of the 150th anniversary of the birth of the founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement. This work  offers a biographical look at Father Paul Wattson, SA, and includes words from his writing and photos of the history of his efforts as a pioneer for Christian Unity.

This book pulls together the key moments of the life and legacy of Father Paul Wattson. His whole purpose was to work and pray for the realization of Christ’s prayer at the Last Supper: “That they all may be one: as thou, Father are in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us…” (John 17:21)

In 1908, Father Paul initiated the Church Unity Octave believing that a time set aside for prayer and seminars would hasten Christian unity. Father Paul was a builder of bridges with outstanding Christian virtues. He was a true Franciscan who loved the poor. He also loved the supreme gift God gave us in atonement, his only Son.

This book will serve a great foundation for anyone wishing to know the history of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and driving force behind the annual celebrations that unite Christians everywhere in Christ’s prayer “That All May Be One.”

This work may be purchased online from the Graymoor Book and Gift Center at:  www.graymoorbooks.org
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 Industrial 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 an 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
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 12538 
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
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
Ijamsville, 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
United States Catholic Conference of Bishops “Walking Together Series”
This series of pamplets assist those who have questions about the Roman Catholic Church and other denominations. Titles include: “A Pope For All Christians,” “Mary in an Ecumenical Perspective,” “Catholics and Muslims — Friends and Adversaries.” “Interreligious Prayer,” “When a Catholic Marries an Orthodox Christian”
To order the series visit www.usccbpublishing.org or call 800-235-8722
General Commission of Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns
A CD is available which consist of three parts: “Building A Relationship — UMC ELCA Best Practices” “Confessing Our Faith: A Study and Discussion Guide” and “God’s Ecumenical Ministry, Shared.”
Contact the commission at www.umcgiving.org CD#540310

Periodicals

Call to Unity 
Call 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 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/
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