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JANUARY 18–25, 2024

Other Resources:
Ecumenical & Interreligious Understanding

2024 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
Email: info@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: Website www.oikoumene.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:
National Council of Churches USA
110 Maryland Avenue NE, Suite 108
Washington, DC 20002-5603
Phone: 202-544-2350; Fax: 202-543-1297
Website www.nationalcouncilofchurches.us

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
2 Fifth Avenue, North
Nashville, TN 37208
Tel 615-256-1905; Fax 615-256-1902
Email: ksanchagrin@mhc.edu Website: www.glenmary.org

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, social justice actions, and May Friendship, World Community or Human Rights celebrations,
Contact: Church Women United
475 Riverside Drive, Room 1926
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.
Churches Uniting in Christ
Box 6496
Louisville, KY 40206
Email:cuic@churchesunitinginchrist.org Website: https://churchesunitinginchrist.org/home

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 Industrial Drive, N.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Phone: 616-459-4591; 800-253-7521 – Fax: 616-459-6540
General Inquiries: info@eerdmans.com
Order Inquiries: customerservice@eerdmans.com Site Inquiries: webmaster@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

Celebrating God's Love: Living Into Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships. 2015. Donald E Messer, editor. Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN ISNB: 13:978-1-5018-0905-7
Website: www.abingdonpress.com

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

Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry, Eucharist. 2015. Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs United State Catholic Conference of Bishops and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The reflective results of 50 years of dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America focusing on agreed statements on church, ministry and Eucharist. Available from: Augsburg Fortress ISBN: 978-1-5064-1616-8
Website: www.augsburgfortresspress.org

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.wordpress.com
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

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
Email: morehouse@morehousegroup.com Website www.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

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

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,NJ07430 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.

My Mercy Encompasses All: The Koran's Teachings on Compassion, Peace & Love. - 2007 Reza Shah-Kazemi. This work offers a window toward understanding the Islamic culture and its sacred texts. It is a collection of quotations from the Koran and shows their parallel link with Christian scriptures.
Counterpoint Press
Publishers Group West
1919 Fifth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

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

One Hope: Re-Membering the Body of Christ. 2015 J Aageson, J Borelli, J Klassen, D Nelson, M Stortz, J Wrobleski, editors.
An ecumenical resource designed to help Catholic and Lutheran communities continue the dialogue initiated by the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
Available from Augsburg Fortress Press and Liturgical Press ISBN: 978-0-8146-4812-4

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
24 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
President: Gerald F. Mische
475 Riverside Drive, Room 1848
New York, NY 10115
Tel 212-870-3290; Fax 212-870-2729
Email: globaleduc@earthlink.net

Study Guide for `From Conflict to Communion.' 2015 Diocese of Pittsburgh, Southwest PA Synod ELCA.
This study guide is intended to assist group discussions of the document "From Conflict to Communion." Designed to increase a mutual understanding between Catholics, Lutherans and other interested parties. It is a tool that can be utilized by many churches in preparation for the 500th anniversary of the reformation in 2017.
U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops
Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs
321 Fourth Street
Washington, DC 20017
Tel 202-541-3020 Website: http://www.usccb.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
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

Walking Together: The Story of Neighborhoods, Diversity and Faith and the People Who Bring Them Together - Neighborhood Interfaith Movement 2013.
This video highlights the movement of diverse faith communities in seeking to strengthen congregations, faith institutions and neighborhood in the shared values of faith, justice and service.
Neighborhood Interfaith Network
7047 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119
Tel 215-843-5900 Website: www.NIMPHILLY.org

Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches. 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. Your own church's regional, judicatory or national ecumenical officer or ecumenical commission can give you information on the ecumenical participation of your denomination.
Available from:
National Council of Church
Office of the Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches
110 Maryland Avenue NE, Suite 108,
Washington, DC 20002-5603
Tel: 202-544-2350 Email: info@nationalcouncilofchurches.us


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 Courier: A Quarterly Publication of the US Conference of the World Council of Churches. Newsletter of the US Office of the WCC:
National Council of Churches USA/ World Council of Churches
Email: usa@wcc-coe.org Website www.wcc-coe.org/wcc/us

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
Tel +41-22-791-6111; Fax +41-22-791-0361
Website www.wcc-coe.org

Ecumenical Trends. is a bimonthly journal that publishes articles on the ecumenical and interreligious movements. The journal is available in print and online. Ecumenical Trends reports on current trends and progress in these movements around the world. It covers theological consultations, conversations, dialogues and cooperation, and it notes the availability of documents and resources. Ecumenical Trends occasionally publishes the text of dialogue documents.
Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute
P O Box 300
Garrison, NY 10524-0300
Tel 212-870-2330; Fax 212-870-2001
Email: ecutrends@geii.org, Website: www.geii.org/ecumenical_trends/subscribe.html
Print and Digital USA: $30.00/year; Digital Version only, $15/year. elsewhere: $40.00 per year.

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.oikoumene.ca

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
1700 N. Broad Street, Suite 315
Philadelphia, PA 19121-0843
Tel 215-204-7714; Fax 215-204-4569
Email: nkrody@temple.edu Website: http://dialogueinstitute.org

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