In addition to bilateral dialogues, the SEIA takes part in multilateral dialogues that bring together members of various Christian Churches and ecclesial bodies.
Ecumenical Multilateral Dialogues
Christian Churches Together
Beginning in September 2001, conversations among church leaders in the United States began to focus on the need for a “broader table,” a forum that would bring together all the major denominations in the country, including Evangelicals and Catholics. These conversations would lead to the foundation of Christian Churches Together (CCT) in the USA in March 2006. It was envisioned as a place where Christian Churches could form new relationships among themselves in order that "all who believe will be one with God and one another, so that the world may believe in Him as Lord and Savior." The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops was a founding member among the now 43 Churches and Christian organizations that belong. CCT meets annually to pray and worship together, to build relationships of trust, and to discern challenges that need to be addressed in society in order to strengthen the collective Christian witness to the world. Fr. Ron Roberson staffs this dialogue on behalf of the Secretariat.
Documents and News Releases Produced by the Dialogue
Link to the broader organization: Christian Churches Together in the USA
Faith and Order
Faith and Order is part of a global movement that began in 1910 under the guidance of Charles Brent, an American Episcopal bishop, and has continued to meet regularly on the global level with the participation of the Holy See. In the United States, the Faith and Order Commission was inaugurated at a 1957 conference and was placed under the auspices of the NCC-USA. As a multilateral ecumenical forum, its task is to speak together about the Gospel and individual church communities in ways that will lead to healing the divisions among Christian while honoring Christian diversity. Professor Matthew Shadle, PhD, of Marymount University represents the BCEIA in this forum.