The term, Ecumenical, is derived from the Greek word “oikoumene” which refers to all the people of the world and the call that “all may be one.”
The Wisconsin Council of Churches supports initiatives which increase cooperation and unity among Christian denominations, including those who are not members of the WCC. The Council invites all Christian denominations to join and support the common mission of the WCC. Where there is common ground the WCC invites other Christian denominations to work with the WCC on specific issues as Observer members who actively participate on select issue areas. Christian nondenominational organizations are also invited to participate as Associate Members. Finally, the WCC actively seeks to involve interfaith partners in specific activities of interest to them.
Ecumenical initiatives are conducted world-wide, within many countries, and, in the case of the Council, within a statewide area. Some include major dialogues and multiple written agreements on theological and/or policy issues. Others are exploratory, or examinations of specific areas, such as the sacraments, holy communion or other areas of common agreement.
Local ecumenical worship, outreach and service events are living examples of ecumenism in action and are encouraged by the WCC.
The Council has published an abbreviated listing of some of the present ecumenical dialogues. Because these dialogues are numerous and ever-changing, this listing should be considered a partial list subject to change. The dialogues are organized into three areas: Official Dialogues; Other Relationships; and Interreligious Dialogues.
Ecumenical Listing in PDF format.