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Our Lord Jesus Christ has called us to “love one another.” This is a love which embraces all human beings without exception.Church-wide ecumenical leaders, including Fr. Walter F. Kedjierski, Executive Director of SEIA, met in a spirit of collaboration and prayer from July 7th to 9th, 2019, in Montgomery, AL. As home to both the tragic legacy of the slave trade in the United States and the hopeful memory of those who worked for justice, such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr., those gathered marked the occassion with reflection on the continued scourge of racism in this country. Together, they visited the Legacy Museum of the Equal Justice Initiative. Motivated by this experience, the ecumenical officers released a statement reaffirming their commitment to end racism.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, celebrated annually January 18-25, is an opportunity for Christians worldwide to join together in prayer for visible Christian unity, "that they all may be one." (cf. John 17:21) The theme for 2020, prepared by a group of Christians from Malta, is "They Showed Us Unusual Kindness" (cf. Acts 28:2). Please stay tuned for more information.
Welcome to the website of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (SEIA), office for the Bishops Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (BCEIA). The website contains important pastoral, academic, and historical resources of the work of the Secretariat and the Committee. BCEIA has an expansive mandate to foster relationships with our sisters and brothers in Christ, as well as other people of faith from the various major religious traditions. The results of BCEIA dialogues and conversations are available on the SEIA webpages. They will inform you of the important progress of our work over the past fifty years, as well as provide resources for various types of dialogue that you can use in your parish and family. | MORE
"Dialogue is our method, not as a shrewd strategy but out of fidelity to the One who never wearies of visiting the marketplace, even at the eleventh hour, to propose his offer of love (Mt 20:1-16). The path ahead, then, is dialogue among yourselves, dialogue in your presbyterates, dialogue with lay persons, dialogue with families, dialogue with society. I cannot ever tire of encouraging you to dialogue fearlessly."
- Pope Francis, Address to the U.S. Bishops, September 23, 2015
"I cannot ever tire of encouraging you to dialogue fearlessly." - Pope Francis
“Dialogue” first entered the Church’s vocabulary as the method of approaching the modern world Pope Saint Paul VI promoted. This illustrates the spirit of the Second Vatican Council, which produced Unitatis Redintegratio and Nostra Aetate, the foundational documents that guide the Church’s relations with other Christian bodies and religious communities. Thus, the Church committed itself irrevocably to building fruitful relationships with others: fostering bonds of friendship, mutual understanding, and constructive collaboration.
The bishops of the United States established the Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (BCEIA) as part of this endeavor. It sponsors a number of dialogues with other Christian communities and members of other religions in the United States or North America. In most cases, these dialogues parallel those that the Holy See sponsors at the universal level.
Each dialogue has its own scope, method, and aim. We invite you to use this website as a resource in exploring the complexities of the Church’s dialogues in the United States. Here, you will find pastoral, academic, and historical resources to help all grow in understanding and appreciation.
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