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Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

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The Catholic Church is called to participate in the quest for unity by promoting Ecumenical and Interfaith relations, as mandated by the Second Vatican Council. All the faithful are urged to seek unity with their separated Christian brothers and sisters and to acknowledge and respect the truth found in all religions. It is therefore essential that each parish, as a part of its mission, seek ways to further unity.

Interfaith Dialogue During Uncertain Times: Father Ed & Rabbi Sherman


Community Prayer Service 2020 Hosted by Church of the Good Shepherd

At Church of the Good Shepherd, this mission is facilitated by the Parish Ecumenical and Interfaith Representatives (PEIRs). The representatives are two parishioners who have been designated by the pastor and tasked with communicating and coordinating local ecumenical and interfaith activity. They are laypeople who have completed a certification program for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations for Catholic Ministry at Mount Saint Mary’s University.

The PEIRs' responsibilities include:

  • Fostering a deeper ecumenical and interfaith awareness among parishioners.
  • Answering questions parishioners may have relating to ecumenical and interfaith matters and assisting in contacting the Archdiocesan Officer for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, if needed.
  • Building relationships with Christian churches of other denominations as well as non-Christian faith communities in Beverly Hills and surrounding areas.
  • Encouraging, facilitating and coordinating parish participation in local ecumenical and interfaith activities.
  • Representing the parish, when appropriate, with local ecumenical and interfaith organizations.
  • Serving as a liaison between the parish and the Archdiocesan Officer for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.

   E & I Upcoming Events  

For questions about upcoming events or E&I please contact
Sandra Bossi, Good Shepherd’s Ecumenical Representative at

ONLINE Ecumenical & Interfaith Services

Southern California Christian Forum
Prayer Service for Christian Unity 

Zoom presentation
RSVP to 
Joey Baker at 

  • Please join the Southern California Christian Forum for its Annual Prayer Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity hosted by Saint Andrew Russian Greek Catholic Church, El Segundo, CA.
    • The theme of the 2021 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is “Abide In My Love... You Shall Bear Much Fruit” [John 15:1-17]. The service is based on the official materials prepared by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the World Council of Churches. 
    • Homilist is The Right Rev. C. Franklin Brookhart, Ninth Bishop of Montana, Retired, The Episcopal Church.
    • Also featured El Segundo Pastors The Rev. Dr. Dina Ferguson of Saint Michael the Archangel Episcopal Church, Rev. Lee Carlile of El Segundo United Methodist Church and Rt. Rev. Alexei Smith of Saint Andrew Russian Greek Catholic Church.

For questions, please contact Sandra Bossi, Ecumenical Representative of GSBH at

  • All Saints Episcopal Church - Join our neighboring parish for a nightly 6pm service of Compline (Night Prayer) led alternately by All Saints clergy, staff and parishioners from their homes. PS: This service of Compline is based on the Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer, so it is just a little bit different from Compline in our Catholic tradition.
  • Sinai Temple - “Visit” our neighboring synagogue and Father Ed’s friend, Rabbi Erez Sherman, for Shabbat Service and more., or
  • Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church - Check out Sunday worship with their contemporary band and listen to Pastor Andrew Eagles’ sermon.
  • Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple – This spectacular Buddhist Temple in Hacienda Heights is certainly worth a visit, but for now classes and services have been moved online. Hsi Lai just posted its first chanted Dharma Service in English, which was recoded at their main monastery in Taiwan, followed by a short talk on how the Buddhist teaching of The Noble Eightfold Path can aid in facing the COVID-19 crisis with mindfulness. ~
  • Join Father Alexei Smith for live streamed Eastern Catholic Divine Liturgy at St. Andrew Russian Greek Catholic Church! In addition to the 10 am Sunday Divine Liturgy, there will be some weekly services too.

External links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only. Church of the Good Shepherd bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site(s) or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.

Event information can also be found in the bulletin,on the parish calendar or on the church bulletin boards.
or more
contact: Sandra Bossi
Church of the Good Shepherd
Ecumenical Representative
Justine Wentzell
Church of the Good Shepherd
Interfaith Representative


For more information on the
Catholic Church’s Ecumenical and Interfaith work, please visit:  

"Thus it is absolutely clear that ecumenism, the movement promoting Christian unity, is not just some sort of "appendix" which is added to the Church's traditional activity. Rather, ecumenism is an organic part of her life and work, and consequently must pervade all that she is and does." Ut Unum Sint, 20  – 1995 Encyclical by Saint Pope John Paul II

The pluralism and the diversity of religions, colour, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings. This divine wisdom is the source from which the right to freedom of belief and the freedom to be different derives. Document on Human Fraternity - Signed by Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, on February 4, 2019


“The attainment of union is the concern of the whole Church, faithful and shepherds alike.”
Decree of the Second Vatican Council on Ecumenism – Unitatis Redintegratio, Paragraph 5 (see link for further information)

“The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in these (non-Christian) religions...”
Declaration of the Second Vatican Council on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions – Nostra Aetate, Paragraph 2 (see link for further information)