Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations is a ministry of the Archdiocesan Catholic Social Action Office: www.CatholicCincinnati.org/SocialAction
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Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations
A ministry of the Catholic Social Action Office of the Archdiocese, we urge Catholics to develop deeper and better relationships with people in other religious traditions, especially with other Christians. We also work with other faith communities in our common efforts to promote human life, dignity and care for God’s creation. The Archdiocese, our parishes and institutions celebrate our strong working relationships with many Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other faith communities. The Archdiocese’s participates in various interfaith networks, including formal memberships in the following organizations:
- Ohio Council of Churches
- Greater Dayton Christian Connections
- Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati (MARCC).
Commemoration Year of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation: Beginning Oct. 31, 2016
On October 31, 2016, Pope Francis joined with representatives from the Lutheran World Federation in Lund, Sweden to launch a year-long commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Locally, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and ELCA Southern Ohio Synod are recognizing this anniversary as an opportunity to advance our ecumenical efforts towards unity in Christ. From now until Oct. 31, 2017, we encourage joint study, prayer and service among our Catholic and Lutheran communities. In their joint statement for this commemoration, Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Bishop Jeffrey Monforton of the Diocese of Steubenville and Bishop Suzann Darcy Dillahunt of the ELCA Southern Ohio Synod stated:
As bishops of Lutheran and Catholic communities in Ohio, we share the longing to move forward “on the way” to the unity to which Christ calls us. Here also we want to respond to this anniversary with efforts that allow us to deepen our own local relationships through shared study, prayer and service to the world. Thus, we invite our people at all levels to sustained, imaginative and prayerful engagement with one another.
Click here for the joint statement of Archbishop Dennis Schnurr (Archdiocese of Cincinnati), Bishop Jeffery Monforton (Diocese of Steubenville), and Bishop Suzanne Darcy Dillahunt (ELCA Southern Ohio Synod) encouraging their faithful to participate in local activities during the commemoration year to grow in our unity in Christ.
Bringing Together Catholic and Lutheran Communities for Study, Prayer and Service
Click here for our resource packet of opportunities for joint Lutheran-Catholic activities in commemoration of the Reformation anniversary.
Where are each other’s churches? Download maps of the locations of all the churches of the ELCA Southern Ohio Synod and Archdiocese of Cincinnati (except those in Hamilton County). For a list of Catholic parishes in Hamilton County by neighborhood, click here.
Download the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Lutheran World Federation document, From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017. Access the Study Guide for this document here. (Note, suggestions for the use of this Study Guide can be found in our resource packet.)
Read the Vatican summary of Pope Francis’ historic visit to Lund, Sweden to launch the commemoration year with the Lutheran World Federation.
Catholic – Lutheran Dialogues
During the Week of Christian Unity on January 25, 2017, Archbishop Schnurr, Bishop Dillahunt and delegates from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and Southern Ohio Synod gathered at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral. In March, Archdiocesan delegates were then invited to participate in the Synod’s annual Convocation in Columbus. Moreover, we celebrate the many joint programs that have been organized by Catholic and Lutheran churches in the Archdiocese during the commemoration year.
- Petersburg Parish Cluster with First English, St. Mark and Trinity Lutheran churches in Auglaize County offered a 5-session study adapted from the From Conflict to Communion Study Guide, Oct./Nov. 2016
- Immaculate Conception/St. Teresa with St. John Lutheran in Celina designed a 3-part series, Oct./Nov. 2016; followed by a service for Christian Unity in Jan.2017; and a 5-part series Lenten Faith Sharing series, Mar./Apr.2017
- St. Mary Parish with Peace Lutheran in Brown County hosted a four-part series on the Declaration on the Way, Jan./Feb. 2017
- St. Francis of Assisi Parish with Epiphany Lutheran Church in Centerville offering a series, Sept. 2017. They also hosted a Presentation by Dr. Donald Huber, “The Reformation; Then and Now,” May 2017
- St. Veronica Parish with All Saints Lutheran in Clermont County (being planned)
- St. John (West Chester), St. Maximilian Kolbe (Liberty Twp.) and St. Susanna (Mason) Parishes with Lord of Life and Christ the King Lutheran Churches organizing three different events. (being planned)
- Our Lady of Visitation Church with Gloria Dei Lutheran in Cincinnati’s westside (being planned)
- St. Anthony Parish in Madisonville with First Lutheran in Over-the-Rhine (being planned)
- Immaculate Heart of Mary (Andreson Twp.), Guardian Angels (Mt. Washington) and St. John Fisher (Newtown) Parishes with Lutheran Church of the Resurrection are planning a 7 week study and worship service in the fall, using the resource One Hope; Re-Membering the Body of Christ.