- The Alban Institute
"An ecumenical, interfaith organization founded in 1974, which
supports congregations through consulting services, research, book publishing, and
educational seminars... Our continuing mission is to provide you with new research-based
information and new ways to learn and minister more effectively within and outside your
faith community. The Institute encourages dialogue with many traditions, people of diverse
ethnicity, men and women, large and small congregations, and those in urban and rural
- American Association of Interchurch
"AAIF is an association of interchurch families, defined as a husband and wife from
separate Christian traditions where both desire to remain active in their respective
churches. As a couple they live the unity of their marriage while participating, and
supporting each other, in two separate traditions. The Association is there to support
interchurch families with the message that one tradition need not dominate the other in
marriage." [from the website]
- Church Women United
"CWU is a national ecumenical movement of Christian women whose
life centers around prayer, Bible study, advocacy and action. We have a strong
commitment to social justice, to human rights, to civil rights, to the welfare and
flourishing of women and children so that all may flourish. Our commitment to advocacy and
action grows out of a deep spiritual strength that comes from our participation in World
Day of Prayer, May Friendship Day, World Community Day, and the Bible studies that we
provide through our Wellsprings. It's a lively movement. In the main, the women whose
interests and energies have been put into this have seen that it seems to be a movement
that is good for their health. Our constituency includes women of all ages. They don't
give up. They keep up into their 90s and beyond."
- Churches Uniting in Christ
"CUIC is a relationship among nine churches 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 and successor to 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."
- Common Denominations
A new para-church ministry in the US. Dan Ward, the founder of this
ministry, described it as follows: "Our purpose is to help Christians work together
across denominational lines (talk, pray, worship, serve and witness, to be exact)."
- The Fellowship
of St. Gregory and St. Augustine
A community dedicated to promoting Anglican-Roman Catholic relations.
- Graymoor Ecumenical &
"The Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute, a
ministry of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement-Graymoor, is an information and service
organization serving primarily, but not exclusively, the Roman Catholic Church in the
United States in its mission of Christian Unity and Interreligious dialogue. We work to
accomplish this goal through: the specialization desks of the Institute; the annual Week
of Prayer for Christian Unity; the journal Ecumenical Trends; membership in and
collaboration with national and local ecumenical and interreligious or agencies;
cooperation with individuals engaged in ecumenical and interreligious work; sponsored and
co-sponsored meetings, colloquia and workshops. Founded as the Graymoor Ecumenical
Institute in 1967, the Institute responded to the Friars' historical concern for
Christian Unity and adapted it to the theological and ecumenical developments arising from
the second Vatican Council, and now manifests continued concern for and commitment to the
contemporary movements for reconciliation and renewal among Christian churches. In 1991,
in response to developments in both the Institute and the wider ecumenical scene, the
Graymoor Ecumenical Institute became the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious
Institute. With the name change also came structural changes -- including the introduction
of specialization desks serving specific areas of concern within the ecumenical and
interreligious movements. Aware of the complexity of the divisions and conflicts which
often exist between peoples -- involving issues both theological and non theological --
members of the Graymoor Ecumenical Institute are trained not only in theology but also in
modern methods of non-violent conflict resolution."
- National Council of Churches
of Christ - USA (NCCC-USA)
"The NCC is the nation's leading organization in the movement for
Christian unity. Its 36 Protestant and Orthodox member communions (denominations)
include more than 50 million adherents in nearly 140,000 congregations nationwide.
Through the NCC, members join with partners in more than 80 countries, including the
United States, in ministries of disaster relief, development and refugee assistance;
unity, justice, education, and public witness."
- North American Academy of Ecumenists
"The goal of the NAAE is to inform, relate, and encourage men and
women whose profession or ministry in the church involves them in ecumenical activities
and studies. Its unique contribution is to provide ecumenists with an open structure for
exploring issues too important to be left exclusively to official ecumenical agencies and
projects. Founded in 1957, the Academy meets annually in September. Its conferences are
professional and scholarly in substance and informal in style. The membership of the
Academy includes ecumenically active clergy and laity as well as professors and students.
It is an "Academy" by virtue of its members' shared concern for the
theological reflection and scholarship that must accompany the movement toward mutual
religious understanding and the unity of the Christian churches."
Ecumenical councils and agencies in individual states
- Alaska Christian Conference
- Artizona Ecumenical Council
"It started with a vision
to see the body of Christ in
Arizona function as a whole. That vision led to a challenge to more than 13 mainline and
Roman Catholic denominations to embrace the vision and partner with the AEC in
demonstrating to our state the unity and love of Christ. It is a challenge that has been
accepted by more than 700 churches representing one million people throughout
- Arkansas Interfaith Conference
Ministries of Tacoma, Washington
"Associated Ministries is the local association of churches for
Tacoma-Pierce County, WA. Its membership includes 200 congregations, religious
organizations, and interfaith partners."
- Association of
Christian Churches of South Dakota
"The Association of Christian Churches of South Dakota started in November 1971.
Its Board of Directors consisted of the Judicatory heads of 10 Christian Denominations.
The Association is designed to discover and further the unity we have in Jesus Christ as
Lord and Savior, to make that unity manifest, to help fulfill Christ's mission and to do those
things that we may together do more effectively."
- Boston Theological
"The Boston Theological Institute, an association of nine theological
schools in the Greater Boston area, is one of the oldest and largest theological
consortia in the United States. It is the only one to include as constitutive members
schools representing the full range of Christian churches and confessions. Additionally,
persons representing other religious traditions are present in many of our schools,
particularly through member university departments of religion. Through its quarter
century of history
the BTI has grown dramatically. The member schools' students, faculty, alumni and friends
have been proud participants in a collaborative effort that has helped to achieve
collectively what the schools could not have accomplished individually."
- California Council of
"The California Council of Churches serves as a prophetic witness
to the Christian gospel for 19 Protestant and orthodox denominations and over 15 million
church members throughout California. The Council lifts up public policy issues of concern
to the faith community such as hunger, homelessness, health care, violence, civil rights,
economic justice and religious liberty issues for study by local congregations."
- Central Maryland Ecumenical Council
- Christian Conference of
"Founded in 1976, the Christian Conference of Connecticut, the
state's council of churches, evolved from the Connecticut Council of Churches, whose
historical origins date back to 1857. We exist to express the unity and to increase the
vitality of the Christian churches in Connecticut. ... Through its Commission on
Faith and Order and Commission on Social Concerns, the Christian Conference conducts two
annual annual programs, the Ecumenical Forum and the Peace and Justice Convocation. Other
programs are held in such areas as: Interreligious Dialogue, Television and Religion,
National and International Ecumenism."
- Church Council of
"The Church Council of Greater Seattle brings hundreds of
Protestant and Roman Catholic churches, thousands of volunteers and numerous religious
organizations together to serve at-risk youth, the elderly, the homeless and hungry; to
advocate for global peace and racial and economic justice; and to encourage ecumenical and
interfaith cooperation. The Church Council is a sign and an instrument of the unity of the
Church and its commitments to compassion, reconciliation and justice, engaging
congregations, with others, in common witness and service to our community and the
- Colorado Council of Churches
"The Colorado Council of Churches is a community of communions formed by God, defined by Jesus Christ and shaped by the Holy Spirit for the purpose of enabling the member communions to be a fuller expression of the one Body of Christ than any one communion can be by itself. Through our relationships and our actions together, we shall manifest and give witness to the unity and mission of Christ's Church in Colorado."
- Community of Churches in Utah
- East Boston Ecumenical Community
"EBECC) is a multi-cultural community organization working
predominantly in East Boston's Vietnamese, Cambodian, Latin American, Brazilian and other
low-income communities. EBECC's mission is to promote harmony within our community by
encouraging and nurturing positive relationships among people of different racial,
linguistic, cultural and economic backgrounds. We strive through our multi-cultural work
to improve the quality of life, foster mutual respect, and promote justice, equality and
solidarity. Through services, education, advocacy and organizing, we work with the
community, especially newcomers and people of lower income, to develop economic, social
and political power."
- Ecumenical Council
of San Diego County
"The Ecumenical Council of San Diego County is an association of Christian congregations established, maintained and conducted to assist, extend, coordinate and unite the work of churches and social agencies in the service of God and community through dialogue, prayer, service, study and worship."
Ministries, Fulton, MO
"Ecumenical Ministries (EM) is the local mission arm of Callaway
County member churches from six denominations: the Catholic Church, the Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ), the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United
Church of Christ, and the United Methodist Church. EM member churches join efforts,
resources and hopes to become a more effective witness to Christ's gospel. They do
together those things that are difficult or impossible to do alone."
- Ecumenical Ministries of Iowa
- Ecumenical Ministries of
"EMO is a statewide association of 17 Christian denominations
working with congregations, ecumenical and interfaith organizations, and people of faith
to improve the quality of life for all Oregonians. Through community ministry, public
policy advocacy, theological education and dialogue and environmental ministry, EMO
participates in the collective task of building a just and compassionate world for all
people. We invite you to participate in this collaborative effort to create a world
of possibility for all God's people in Oregon and beyond."
Ecumenical Action Council
"The Evanston Ecumenical Action Council was founded in 1971 to
promote Christian ecumenical action on issues of human concern within Evanston, the state,
the country, and worldwide. EEAC's membership is made up of about 50 Christian churches and church
organizations in and around Evanston, from whom delegates are drawn. The delegates
meet regularly to consider business of common interest to all members. Additional support
for the work of EEAC comes from community businesses and individuals, as well as from some
- Florida Council of
"The FCC is governed by a Board composed of the Bishops and Executives
and elected representatives of the 27 member regional churches. The Florida Council of
Churches reconciles the churches in Florida: through common witness and service; through
sharing in praise of God's saving reign; through shared stewardship of all creation."
- Georgia Christian Council
- GRACE (Grand Rapids Area
Center for Ecumenism)
"...inviting individuals, congregations, and communities into
- Greater Minneapolis Council of
"The GMCC mobilizes 700
congregations, 30,000 volunteers, and diverse community constituencies to serve human
needs and seek social justice."
Ecumenical Council for the Homeless
"In 1990, The Harwich Ecumenical Council for the Homeless (HECH)
was created by the Clergy and lay people from seven Harwich Churches. Created to provide
housing for kids living in motels and shelters and give them a better beginning, it
quickly demonstrated to the Commonwealth a better and far less expensive alternative to
homeless motels and shelters. The program worked, and in 1992, HECH proposed a Pilot
Program, based on their model, for Homeless in Barnstable County that had the
Commonwelath's first organized Homeless Prevention problem as a component. The Homeless
Prevention Program has assisted over 450 Cape famililes since then at an average total
cost of under $600 per family. HECH's Children's Community Center, providing cost
effective child care, is another successful program for kids and families."
- Illinois Conference of Churches
"The ICC is a state-wide ecumenical organization of 31 member Judicatories of 15 denominations representing the Protestant, Anglican, Roman Catholic, and Orthodox Christian traditions. The ICC is an ecumenical table that brings together religious leaders, judicatory staff, clergy and lay representatives from the member churches for dialogue, deliberation, and decisions to make visible and effective the unity and mission of the Church of Jesus Christ. The ICC is an institutional expression of the ecumenical movement, a vehicle for the churches mission in Illinois for bearing witness together to the gospel of reconciliation."
- Indiana Partners for Christian
Unity and Mission
"IPCUM is the successor organization to the Indiana Council of
Churches. Formed in 1996, the 28 partners of IPCUM strive to learn from one another about
the richness God offers through different Christian faith expressions, while serving the
whole people of God through cooperative prayer, worship, word and action. We are churches
and ecumenical agencies in Indiana working together for healing in a fragmented
- Institute for Ecumenical
and Cultural Research
Located at St. John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota, "the
Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research seeks to discern the meaning of Christian
identity and unity in a religiously and culturally diverse nation and world, and to
communicate that meaning for the mission of the church and the renewal of human community.
The Institute is committed to research, study, prayer, reflection, and dialogue, in a
place shaped by the Benedictine tradition of worship and work."
- Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska
IMN is a statewide ecumenical agency that provides planning and program support to cooperating denominations in Nebraska.
IMN was designed for Christian communions in Nebraska, in order that churches might come together for worship, teaching, service, and common witness to the faith. IMN is both ecumenical and evangelical in its vision. As it calls the churches to work together in service to the world, so it also calls the churches to their common mission of proclaiming the good news of God in Jesus Christ.
IMN began its ministries in 1971 as the realization of the churches' longing to live out the vision of Christ's prayer "that they may all be one" (John 17:22).
IMN's purpose is to be an instrument of the churches, individually and together, as they carry out their programs of ministry and mission.
IMN is actively engaged in the "Life and Work" dimensions of ecumenism. Witness to our unity in Christ is given through a variety of programs. IMN programs involve many more groups than the ten members. As each program begins, many Nebraska denominational groups are invited to join the design committee - as full participants or in observer status. Programs continue as long as there is expressed need and financial resources are available. Some programs require additional part or full-time staff.
- Interfaith Coalitions/IMPACT (Missouri)
Interfaith Resource Center
"Founded in 1968, the Interfaith Resource Center is a multimedia library dedicated to providing ministry support to regional faith communities. Our collection includes over 7000 resources for all ages, over a third of which are audiovisual resources. Many of our member communities use our services long distance."
- Kentucky Council
"For over five decades, the Kentucky Council of Churches has
served churches in the Commonwealth of Kentucky as the instrument of its members to
nurture the unity of the body of Christ and to anticipate that unity, however partially,
through common witness and service. Since 1947, Kentucky Christians have heeded not only
the calling of their hearts, but the prayer of Jesus "that they all may be one. As
you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may
believe that you have sent me." (John 17:21, NRSV) We encourage you to visit our site
often! We will update it with news of the Council's work, news from our member churches
and partner ecumenical organizations, along with new listings on our calendar of
events." (from the Council's website)
- Louisiana Interchurch Conference
"Louisiana Interchurch has launched this new web site to help you keep in touch with how the church based community is responding to the impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. We hope you will pass on word of this new resource to others in your community who might wish to make use of the resources on this site. This web site will continue to be a source of information throughout the long term recovery period.
The site will also be a continuing source of information regarding the wide range of activities and programs of the Louisiana Interchurch Conference."
- Maine Council
"The Maine Council of Churches is many things: a forum for faith
issues, an organization with a membership of more than 600 churches in Maine, a united
voice calling attention to social issues of concern, such as hunger, poverty, civil
rights, economic justice, environmental stewardship, criminal justice and much more."
Council of Churches
"Some day, councils of churches no longer will be necessary
because churches will be the one Church of Jesus Christ, united in our diversity.
But in the meantime, the Massachusetts Council of Churches is the statewide
organization committed fully to the ecumenical vision. The Council provides a way
that churches in this state can express our unity in Christ as fully and visibly as
possible through joint planning, mutual counsel, and common programming. ... The
Massachusetts Council of Churches is an ecumenical partnership established in 1902 of
sixteen Orthodox and Protestant denominations in the state, with approximately 1700
Christian Council (Detroit - Windsor)
"The Metropolitan Christian Council (Detroit - Windsor) is a
community of churches [created in 1919 ... as an ecumenical agency, now serving 2,000
congregations from 57 Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant communions in seven counties of
SE Michigan and one county of SW Ontario], empowered by the Holy Spirit and proclaiming
the love of God through Christ Jesus. The Council explores, communicates, and celebrates
our commonality. It identifies, models, and nurtures practical expressions of
Christian love by serving people."
- Michigan Ecumenical Forum
- Minnesota Council of
"The Minnesota Council of Churches is a community of communions
who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. As such, it seeks to manifest within the
State of Minnesota the unity of the Church in Christ. Relying on the transforming power of
the Holy Spirit, the Council works to bring its members into life-giving fellowship and
into common witness, study and action to the glory of God and in service to all
- Mississippi Religious Leadership Conference
- Montana Association
"Uniting by the power of God' s word, for witness and worship,
justice and service, since 1973. The purpose of the Association is to manifest Christian
- Providing a forum for Christian witness and service
- Providing an agency of cooperation in programs which member
denominations may desire and authorize, without any infringing upon the autonomy of the
- Promoting the spirit of ecumenism, cultivating interchurch relations
in communities throughout the state, and fostering dialog in the realm of faith and
- National Association of Ecumenical
& Interreligious Staff (NAEIS)
"NAEIS is an association of professionals working in a variety of interfaith and interdenominational ministries throughout the United States. It has its roots in associations begun nearly a century ago. NAEIS serves as a resource for the professional development and personal enrichment of its members, empowering them to do their work more effectively and faithfully. Eligible persons may be employed by intercongregational, interdenominational or interreligious agencies. Persons employed by religious bodies of a single tradition (e.g. Christian communions, synagogue bodies, faith-based organizations, service providers, or community ministries) with ecumenical/interreligious
responsibilities or concerns may also become members."
- New Hampshire Council of
"New Hampshire Christian denominations formed the New Hampshire Council of Churches (NHCC)
in 1945... Each member denomination places two representatives on the NHCC Board of Directors. The NHCC traces its history back to the New Hampshire Sunday School Association, formed in 1909, and to earlier 19th century efforts.
Member denominations provide major financial support for the work of the NHCC. Additional support comes from individuals, local congregations and foundations. The Ecumenical Chaplaincy at the New Hampshire State Women's Prison and the Public Policy Committee receive funding from grants and designated donations.
The denominations through the NHCC promote Christian Unity, ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, and prayers. The NHCC promotes local ecumenical cooperation and provides leadership in strengthening Christian values in society. Our basic Christian values include growth spirituality and social justice."
- New Jersey Council of Churches
"The New Jersey Council of Churches, comprised of member denominations, seeks ways to do together what we are not able to do separately. This includes recognition of member denomination programs of outreach and ministry and assisting in identification of areas of commonality in theological traditions which might provide a foundation for shared life and witness. The specific mission of the Council is to work with its denominational members in order to engage society and its culture through ministries of compassion and justice. Based on areas of commonality and discerned social needs, the Council may suggest specific information to be distributed through member denominations and/or action to be taken by member denominations. The Council, by vote of the Board or the Steering Committee, may address concerns which are consistent with its purpose but not as an obligation on individual member denominations."
- New Mexico Conference of
"The New Mexico Conference of Churches (NMCC) began in
1965. The mission of the NMCC can be summarized as working to bring understanding and
reconciliation among churches and working to provide justice and quality of life for all
- New Subasio Community
"New Subasio Community is the world's first ecumenical monastery
for men. We are a Christian community based on the Rule of St. Benedict, but we are open
to all the world's religions and monastic practices. We believe that the world's religions
are like beads on one string, each having the capacity to help us transcend our suffering
and bring us to greater love, compassion, forgiveness, and joy. We live as a monastic
family that emphasizes work, prayer, and communal living." [from the website] Note:
there are also ecumenical monastic communities at Bose, Italy and Taizé, France.
- New York State
Community of Churches, Inc.
"It is the essence of ecumenical work to seek ways of helping all
humanity to know the nurturing and continually creating presence of God. Thus the preamble
of the New York State Community of Churches includes the following sentences: '...We
are called by the Word of God and mutually joined together in the name of Jesus Christ to
proclaim the Gospel powerfully and to manifest creatively God's good and just purposes
throughout New York State. Therefore, we covenant to care for one another, safeguard the
presence of a vital Christian faith community in each place, provide hospitality to all,
proclaim the Gospel boldly in each place, and declare God's just will among powers and
principalities.' From this, grows the purpose of the New York State Community of
Churches as a statewide organization through which Christian denominations accomplish
mission goals that can be achieved more effectively by working together. Historically and
in the present time, mission goals focus on social justice, institutional pastoral care,
and ecumenical cooperation in education, worship and action."
- North Carolina
Council of Churches
"The Council is a spiritual fellowship and a cooperative agency
of and for Christian churches in NC. In the Council, member churches are brought
together in study, prayer, and action. By its Constitution, 'The NC Council of
Churches welcomes to its membership all those judicatories that accept Jesus Christ as the
incarnate Son of God and Savior of the World, and that sincerely purpose to bear
ecumenical witness to Him through the medium of the Council.'"
- North Dakota Conference of Churches
"The North Dakota Conference of Churches gathers Christian faith traditions to further express our unity in Jesus Christ through prayer, dialogue and shared ministry."
Leadership Foundation (Seattle & Tacoma, Washington)
The Northwest Leadership Foundation exists to encourage, strengthen and develop leadership
for the spiritual and social renewal of the city. The NLF is: committed to positive change through theological insight; committed to creative solutions through social capital; committed to effectiveness through resource infrastructure."
- Northern Illinois Conference United Methodist Church - Commission on Christian Unity
and Interreligious Concerns
"The United Methodist Church is committed to the ecumenical
movement which seeks unity among the churches in Jesus Christ, and interreligious dialogue
and cooperation which promotes understanding and shalom among all peoples and
- Ohio Council of Churches
"The Ohio Council of Churches (OCC) is a partnership of 27
Christian faith bodies working together in service to God. Established in 1919, Ohio is
one of the oldest of the state ecumenical councils. Its seventeen denominations encompass
some 6,000 congregations and more than 3,000,000 members."
- Oklahoma Conference of Churches
"The Oklahoma Conference of Churches is a statewide community of Christian communions that confess Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord of all. Our member churches have convenanted with one another to make the unity of Oklahoma’s churches visible, bring a common witness, mission and study and, when appropriate, a focused political action.
There is a lot going on in the ministries of the eighteen communions who come together through OCC. We hope you will check out our site often for information on events and possibilities for taking part. Our mission is two-fold. Responding to the Christian vision of making our unity visible for our witness to the world and to serve those in need."
- Pennsylvania Council of
As a community of forty-two church bodies in Pennsylvania, "God
calls us to unity and partnership. As a community of church bodies we celebrate Jesus
Christ as Lord and Savior and share this Good News with our neighbors in words and deeds,
and we advocate partnership in nurture, service and moral leadership."
- Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta
"The Regional Council is a place for Christian clergy, laity, and community leadership to nurture our collective mission in an ever-changing world and our fast-growing region. In response to the Gospel call and believing in the power of unity, the Council builds connections among congregations, ministries, and organizations to promote justice and reconciliation and foster community. We hold monthly pastors' breakfasts, regional worship services, and a young pastors' roundtable. We send a weekly church action eNewsletter to almost 7,000 faith and community leaders, and we maintain a website with community calendar and volunteer opportunities."
[Ethel Ware Carter, office coordinator]
- Religious Alliance in Nevada
"Religious Alliance in Nevada (RAIN) provides a forum for cooperative effort among communities of faith in Nevada as we seek to address and advocate for social justice, at the state legislature and in the public arena, on those issues upon which there is common agreement of RAIN members."
- Rhode Island State Council of Churches
"We are lay people, ministers, chaplains, and priests. We consist of 11 Protestant denominations; four affiliated church organizations; and eight Orthodox denominations and congregations. We have over 100,000 members in 300 congregations. We collaborate with 75 civic and human service agencies, and are affiliated with the National Council of Churches and World Council of Churches.
Our vision is for a Rhode Island in which all faith communities come together to build understanding and work for peace and justice. As a Council we advocate for social justice; provide resources and programs to our members and to the Rhode Island community as a whole; serve as a center for ecumenical and interfaith dialog and action; provide moral and ethical leadership in our state; and work to enhance our God-given unity."
- South Carolina Christian
Action Council, Inc
"The Christian Action Council is the only state-wide ecumenical
organization in South Carolina and is comprised of 16 denominations and 21 judicatories.
The council provides leadership, educational resources, and staff to coordinate
cooperative ecumenical responses to South Carolina's needs. Current work areas include
racial justice, health, children and families, AIDS ministry, environmental stewardship,
gambling, and ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue."
- South Coast Interfaith Council
"The South Coast Interfaith Council, founded in 1953, is an association of over 140 member congregations and related programs in the South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach area of Los Angeles and West Orange counties, encompassing some 35 cities and approximately 1.8 million people.
In a historic vote in March, 2004, at the 51st Annual Assembly of the South Coast Ecumenical Council, the vote was taken to become the South Coast Interfaith Council, including member congregations from a variety of religious traditions. In 1980, the SCEC was formed from a merger of the Long Beach Council of Churches, founded in 1953, and the Greater Peninsula Council of Churches, 1958."
- Southern California Ecumenical Council
"The Southern California Ecumenical Council (SCEC) is a regional body representing churches,
denominations, related ministries and other ecclesiastical communities who cooperate to promote
responsible and creative expressions of our Christian unity and witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Through ecumenical networks and interreligious partnerships SCEC
works to foster religious understanding, to advocate for social justice and
to advance the well-being of all people. The Week of Prayer Service, the
Faith and Order Commission and the Let Justice Roll task group are part
of the current work of the Council."
- Tennessee Association of Churches
Conference of Churches
"Jesus Christ calls us to unity. In obedient response to that
call and in recognition and affirmation of his prayer, that they may all be
one (John 17:20-23), those churches in Texas whose members proclaim Jesus Christ as
Lord and Savior and who choose to express and bear testimony to such common witness do
hereby constitute ourselves into the Texas Conference of Churches. In so doing, we seek to
enable our members to work together, to engage in dialogue, to overcome divisions and
misunderstandings, to engage in prayer and work for unity, and to give, as far as
possible, a common Christian witness and service, doing together all things save those
which we must in conscience and obedience do separately." (Preamble to the
- Vermont Ecumenical Council and Bible Society
"We are nine Christian denominations working together through a Board of Trustees and committees. Our support comes from these denominations plus some gifts from individuals, congregations, and a small endowment income. The primary leader of each denomination plays an active role in the life of the Council. We are committed to
'dialogue, common prayer, and practical collaboration...'"
- Virginia Council of Churches
"We set the ecumenical table which draws the widest representation of Virginia churches. The Virginia Council of Churches is the oldest ecumenical body in the Commonwealth, representing thirty seven governing bodies of eighteen Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant denominations. As we work together as Christian communions, we build Christian Unity; as we work together with persons of other faiths, we build human community."
- Washington Association of
"WAC is an association of 10 Christian denominations and 12
ecumenical organizations who live and work together on the task of ecumenism in Washington
State. Since 1975, WAC has served as a focal point for dialogue, advocacy, action and
reflection. Our work is rooted in the conviction that our Christian faith calls us to act
with compassion for people and respect the sacredness of life. We feel called to the
challenge of unity in our society by addressing the needs of community in our world."
- West Virginia Council of Churches
"The West Virginia Council of Churches makes more visible the
unity of Christ's church,
provides a Christian witness on public issues, and engages in cooperative mission and
service for all West Virginians. The West Virginia Council of Churches is one of the
oldest institutions in the state of West Virginia. We can trace our origins to 1880 and
our roots to the 1820s."
- Wisconsin Council of
"The Wisconsin Council of Churches is a community of Churches
that proclaim the Triune God as revealed in Jesus Christ. Member churches pray and work
together for the unity and renewal of the Church and the healing and reconciliation of the
world.Priorities for the Council during the next four years are theological education,
prayer and spirituality, and the relationship of economic justice and nonviolence to
Christian life and the mission of the Church."
Wyoming Association of Churches (WAC)
Formerly known as the Wyoming Church Coalition. "The Wyoming Association of Churches is a statewide ecumenical organization of nine Christian faith communions in Wyoming -Protestant and Roman Catholic.
An administrative office in Cody assists churches and individuals in working together across the state."