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Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs


Message from Executive Director, Fr. John Crossin, OSFS on behalf of the SEIA:

Our thoughts and prayers go out today, April 14, to the Jewish community in Kansas.  We hope that despite this tragedy and the evil behind it, the community is able to celebrate Passover together.  Passover and Holy Week coincide today, reminding us that they are both times of hope and looking forward, as well as remembering what God has done for us.  There is a beautiful reflection by Rabbi Joseph R. Black on remembering the suffering and lost at the Seder meal

Current Issues and recent news

For up-to-date information about ecumenical and interreligious issues, read our SEIA blog and check back often!

Check out this event at Georgetown: Faith, Culture and the Common Good, hosted by Georgetown, the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Archdiocese of Washington.

As we approach the canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II, be sure to check out the blog series on the USCCB Blog.  Also related is this Catholic News Service story: John XXIII, John Paul II Changed the Way Church Relates to Other Faiths

Read CCT's support of Immigration Reform; a very important issue right now.  Fr. Crossin offered his personal reflection.  Also, here's the USCCB's Position on Immigration Reform Legislation and the latest on Immigration Enforcement

After their annual meeting in February, Christian Churches Together (CCT) authored a  denouncing of mass incarceration press release. Archbishop Wenski recently asked the Senate to support the Smarter Sentencing Act. See the report on Smarter Sentencing.

On this year's 50th Anniversary of the Decree on Ecumenism, the SEIA is offering a series of reflections.  This is the Decree at a Glance.

Coming up

June 25 will be the Semi-Annual meeting of the USCCB with the National Council of Synagogues. 



"On the Path Toward Christian Unity" a 14- Part Ecumenical Video Series and Study Guide for beginner and seasoned ecumenical experts alike. 


50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail"

Christian Churches Together has released a response to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail," on the 50th anniversary of its writing. This  important letter and CCT's response address the problem of racism within our society and communities.  View our full package consisting of an

Introduction Letter, a Study  Guide for  Catholics and the CCT Study Guide.

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Fr. John Crossin, OSFS,
Executive Director,
Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs

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