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From Kathryn Johnson and Kathryn Lohre
NCC Jewish-Christian Dialogue
LSTC Orthodox Event
Shoulder to Shoulder Press Conference
After the press conference, Kathryn Lohre had a meeting with partners from ISNA regarding a new set of church-mosque pilot project we are building in three synods: Southeast Penn., Southwestern Washington, and Southeast Michigan.
First Call Conference, Region 1
Conference on Reform in the Catholic Church, Germany
Inter-Religious Task Force
religious policy statement that will complement the 1991 Ecumenism vision statement. The meeting included presentations that encompassed the breadth of the ELCA’s history of inter-religious relations. Additionally, the Task Force had conversation about priorities for what should be included with the Presiding Bishop, developed a timeline for bringing the policy statement to the 2019 Churchwide Assembly, and established a drafting team. In mid-January, the drafting team returned to Chicago to work on a thick outline. A full draft is expected by late summer 2017, and a consultative process across the church and with ecumenical and inter-religious partners, as well as with LEIRN, will then unfold.
Shoulder to Shoulder Executive Committee Retreat
Conference of National Black Churches
A very significant dimension of the Academy was the Bishops’ pilgrimage to Mother Emanuel. They were accompanied by Bishop John White, president of the AME Council of Bishops. Contact had been made in advance by our office to share the details of our churches’ dialogue in the 1990s. Bishop White engaged in an extended conversation with Bishop Eaton, Bishop Kreiss (chair, CoB Ecumenical & Inter-Religious Liaison Committee), Bishop Gafkjen, Bishop Yoos, and Kathryn about the possibilities for renewing and deepening our bilateral dialogue. Bishop White affirmed the AME’s commitment in his remarks to the congregation assembled for Epiphany Worship at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Charleston, at which AME Presiding Elder Rev. Joe Darby preached. (Mary Finklea was present!) It was an important step, building upon our history and looking toward the future together.
Declaration on the Way/USCCB
The USCCB has announced that Rev. Alfred Baca from the Diocese of Orange in California, has been appointed as Executive Director of the Secretariat on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. He succeeds Fr. John Crossin, who retired in December, and will begin his work full-time in Washington in July.
World Council of Churches
The WCC is also compiling responses to the its ecclesiology consensus document, “The Church Towards A Common Vision.” The ELCA was one of about 50 WCC members submitting a response.