Ecumenical and Intereligious Relations

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Our mission is to encourage people to build relationships with all other Christian denominations and people of other faith traditions, as well as those who do not identify with a faith community, in order that we may promote peace, justice and love.   

We strive to do this ministry through these core values:

  • Relationship-building toward reconciliation, seeking creative ways to encourage dialogue and partnership, 
  • Reaching out in compassionate love, openness and prayer, developing an interfaith vocabulary,
  • Respecting the dignity, culture, language and worldview of every human being,
  • Radically welcoming with gracious hospitality for God’s diverse people, and
  • Reflecting on common ground while recognizing our differences to build trust and understanding. 

What do we do

Awareness and Education
The Ecumenical and Interfaith Committee seeks to provide opportunities throughout the diocese for awareness and education. In February 2013, at the 164th Diocesan Council, a resolution was adopted to:

  • Encourage a means of increasing clergy and laity awareness of all denominations and religious traditions, as well as encourage ways to discover our cultural differences,
  • Promote educational offerings to parishes and diocesan events deemed appropriate by the Bishop, to be coordinated through the Ecumenical and Interfaith Committee, and
  • Seek and support creative and effective strategies that promote ecumenical and interfaith relationships within this diocese and in global contexts.

Resources for Ecumenical and Interfaith Study 
Awareness Foundation
Kaspar, Cardinal Walter.  Harvesting the Fruits:  Basic Aspects of Christina Faith in Ecumenical Dialogue. London: Continuum International Publishing Group, 2009.
Kerr, Ron. Christianity and Islam:  So much in common, so far apart. Kerr Resources, 2003.
McLaren, Brian. Why did Jesus, Moses, Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?  Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World. New York, New York: Jericho Books, 2012.

Compassionate Action through Mission and Respect
The Ecumenical and Interfaith Committee seeks to encourage our diocesan parishes, missions and institutions to demonstrate more deeply compassionate mission and respect for every human being. In February 2013, at the 164th Diocesan Council, a resolution was adopted to: 

  • Support the Charter for Compassion, encouraging diocesan institutions and congregations to study it and respond,
  • Further our understanding of the principles of compassion and how we might live more intentionally, putting compassion at the center of our daily lives and relationships within the Episcopal Church and beyond, in ecumenical and interfaith contexts,
  • Encourage other Dioceses and Episcopal Churches to study the Charter for Compassion and to participate in its call to action. 

Resources for Study
Armstrong, Karen. 12 Steps to a Compassionate Life. Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.
Nassad, Joseph. The Conspiracy of Compassion: Breathing Together for a Wounded World.  Forest of Peace Publishing, 1997.
Purves, Andrew. The Search for Compassion: Spirituality and Ministry.  Westminster/John Knox Press, 1989.
Schut, Michael, Editor. Simpler Living Compassionate Life: A Christian Perspective. Living the Good News, 1999. 

Links To Related Ecumenical and Interreligious Activities in Our Diocese and in The Episcopal Church
Anglican Communion Network for Inter Faith Concerns
Anti-Defamation League
Austin Interfaith
Brigid’s Place
Compassionate Houston
Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston
Dialog Institute of the Southwest
National Workshop for Christian Unity
Rice University Boniuk Center
Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research
The Episcopal Church Ecumenical / Interreligious
Wild Goose Festival

For questions and information, please contact our diocesan representative, the Rev. Gena Davis.

Are you interested in sharing your story and activities related to building Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations? We would love to hear from you about what you are doing. Contact us today.

Upcoming ecumenical events may also be communicated directly to the EDOT Office of Communications for communication via diocesan publications.