Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

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.

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
ChristianUnityGS@gmail.com

The Church of the Good Shepherd is honored to host the
2020 Prayer Service for Christian Unity
for the Southern California Christian Forum

Sunday, January 26th
2:00pm

Church of the Good Shepherd

Please join Christian leaders from across the region for an exceptional afternoon of worship, music and prayer for the unity of all of Christ's followers.

  • This year's guest speakers include:
    • The Rev. Janet Broderick, Rector of All Saints Episcopal Church, Beverly Hills 
    • Rev. Andrew Eagles, Pastor of Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church
    • Giampiero Sciutto of Focolare
    • Cast members of "The Chosen", the first ever multi-season TV show about the life of Jesus, will help proclaim the readings.
    • Music is provided by the Good Shepherd choir and the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church's contemporary band.

The service is based on the official materials for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, prepared jointly by the World Council of Churches in Geneva and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity at the Vatican. The theme of this year's service is taken from Acts 28:2: "They showed us unusual kindness."

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is a worldwide annual ecumenical celebration, which is traditionally held between January 18 (the Feast of the Confession of Saint Peter) and January 25 (the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul). Christians around the world are invited to pray for unity, to reflect on scripture together, to participate in jointly-organized ecumenical services, and to share fellowship.

Christ prayed that his followers “may all be one,” as he and the Father are one, “so that the world may believe” (John 17:21). Christian unity is thereby made central to the very being of the Church and to its mission and witness.

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

christianunitygs@gmail.com
OR
Justine Wentzell
Church of the Good Shepherd
Interfaith Representative 

interfaithgs@gmail.com

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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)