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Although the US Conference of Catholic Bishops does not have a formal dialogue with the Evangelical Community, the USCCB appreciates all opportunities to collaborate and work together on issues and initiatives of common interest. The USCCB also encourages collaboration and dialogue on a local level. More and more, Catholics and Evangelicals are discovering the richness of what they have in common. Often brought together over a concern for family and societal issues, Catholics and Evangelicals have been able to support each other and work together.
Catholics and Evangelicals in the United States are active and vocal about their faith. Whether it is over abortion, marriage or family life we see ourselves as part of the great conversation going on in our country regarding these issues. Both our communities engage the political world through the communication of Christian tenets and values that help to shape a more just society. Whether that is through lobbying in Sacramento, encouraging national and local discourse on the issues of the day, or registering neighbors to vote, both communities work to make Christ's teachings practical and real for today's modern world. Both communities have taken stands on criminal justice reform, environmental issues, marriage, religious liberty, family and life issues.
In 1994, a landmark statement was produced called "Evangelicals and Catholics Toward a Common Mission" (ECT). Evangelical and Catholic leaders, while acknowledging important doctrinal differences within the two communities also noted places of convergence and agreement on basic Christian doctrines and Christian morality. Though not a formal statement representing Evangelicals or the Catholic Church, it had a dramatic impact on the Evangelical/Catholic landscape. This statement helped forge a new relationship for Catholics and Evangelicals offering new opportunities for dialogue.
In 2013, Catholics and Evangelicals joined together to sign the statement,"A Christian Call for Immigration Reform" that was signed by more than 100 leaders of both communities. An initiative of Christian leaders in Minnesota four years ago, this statement still speaks to the present concern of care for immigrants and the need to develop a more just and compassionate process for immigration and citizenship.
In 2015, the Poverty Summit at Georgetown University was held providing an opportunity for Evangelicals and Catholics to address key questions related to the moral, human and economic consequences of poverty.
Evangelicals and Catholics continue to explore, both on a local and national level, ways to engage the world around us. While we acknowledge important differences between our two communions, there should be no doubt that issues of mutual concern help bring us together. A new path of understanding and friendship, therefore, has been established that should not be misunderstood.
Evangelicals and Catholics, two of the largest religious communities in the United States, are important voices in the public square. The real differences between us have not kept us from that "practical ecumenism" that Pope Francis often speaks about, even as we engage together the complex questions of the day. Our continued collaboration can only strengthen the moral and ethical fabric of the country, which bodes well for the future of Catholics, Evangelicals and the nation.
[In 1942, the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) was formed and today represents more than 45,000 local churches from almost 40 different denominations. Along with individual bridge building on the local level, presently our collaborative partner on the national level is the NAE.]
2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
A resource list was compiled for those looking for ways to commemorate the Reformation and work for greater Christian Unity.
Starting in 1989, the Orthodox Church has proclaimed September 1st the "World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation." In 2015, Pope Francis announced the establishment of September 1st as a day of prayer for Catholics as well. SEIA encourages you to use this day of prayer for ecumenical collaboration and reflection, especially with our Orthodox sisters and brothers.
In light of recent tragic events throughout the world, the Secretariat of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs wishes to reaffirm the Bishops' Committee statement from 2014, which calls for a consistent ethic of dialogue and condemns religious violence.
Drawing on 50 years of national and international dialogue, Lutherans and Catholics together have issued the "Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry and Eucharist," a unique ecumenical document that marks a pathway toward greater visible unity between Catholics and Lutherans.
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