Centennial of Southern California
Rev. Gene Boutilier
September 27, 2012, Pasadena, California
We are celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the founding of our state council of churches in
California. We give thanks to the holy One, the source of all Christian unity, for the accom-plishments of this movement. We honor the collection of willing ecumenical activists who have accomplished a world of good together in God’s name. We will enjoy a few minutes of remembrance and nostalgia, a
SCEC WOMEN VETERANS
SCEC has been involved since 2009 with initiatives to provide pastoral care for war veterans and their families. Ths year the SCEC has launched a Women Veterans Task Force with funds provided by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Synod of Southern California and Hawaii. Its focus has been to extend the existing ministry for veterans begun earlier in conjuction with Fuller and the Veterans Program at Pasadena City College. The goal is to build supportive relationships between churches and veterans and their families living in the region. We welcome links with congregations already working with veterans.
SCEC ECUMENICAL RESEARCH
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The SCEC has embarked on a year-long process of discernment and renewal. In order to facilitate this, we have set up an Ecumenical Research Task Force to explore the shape of ecumenism in the 21st century, specifically new models of ecumenical association. The Task Force, composed of both SCEC and non-SCEC members, will be interviewing a wide range of Christian leaders in the Southland -- pastors, academics, ecumenists, church leaders -- over the next months, garnering perspectives from the field and enriching our perceptions of what is possible.
ARTICLES FOR STUDY
Neighbors in Christ, by Wesley Granberg-Michaelson
Receptive Ecumenism - An Overview, by David Carter
Lament for a Divided Church, by Sarah Hinlicky Wilson
New Contours of Ecumenism, by Michael Kinnamon
John Armstrong articles
The Emerging Face of Being One, by Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos
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The Southern California Christian Forum (SCCF), formerly The Southern California Ecumenical Council (SCEC), is a regional body representing churches, denominations, related ministries and other ecclesiastical communities who cooperate to promote responsible and creative expressions of our Christian unity and witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Through ecumenical networks and inter-religious partnerships SCEC works to foster religious understanding, to advocate for social justice and to advance the well-being of all people. The Week of Prayer Service and the Faith and Order Commission part of the current work of the Forum.
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ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE FOR THE WEEK OF CHRISTIAN UNITY – 2016
"Called to Proclaim the Mighty Acts of the Lord" - 1 Peter 2:9
Speakers: Pastor Jean Burch (Community Bible Church of Greater Pasadena), Dr. Eve Tibbs (Greek Orthodox), Dr. Mel Robeck (Assemblies of God)
Annual Ecumenical Prayer Service
Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 3:00 p.m.
Travis Auditorium (located in Fuller's Graduate School of Psychology)
at Fuller Theological Seminary
135 North Oakland Ave., Pasadena, California 91101
This annual gathering of prayer, reflection, and song gives us in Southern California an opportunity to dedicate ourselves anew to the unity for which Christ prayed (Jn. 17:21). We not only renew our commitment to the cause of Christ and to each other but to the larger body of Christ throughout the world. The service caps the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Jan. 18-25) observed by Christian churches and communities around the world and spearheaded by the World Council of Churches through the WCC’s Commission on Faith & Order and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in Rome. (For further information about the Week of Prayer, visit oikoumene.org, the WCC’s website and click on “Week of Prayer”.)
This year’s prayer service promises to be particularly meaningful for us locally: It is sponsored by Fuller Theological Seminary, a dynamic evangelical, multidenominational and multiethnic community, and the new Southern California Christian Forum, a movement seeking to enlist a broad spectrum of local Christian churches, movements, and ministries in the work of building unity through faith sharing, common reflection, and common witness in service to the people of Southern California.
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called to fulfill God’s mission to the whole inhabited world (oikoumene). It is a mission that is holistic—feeding,
clothing, housing, healing, comforting, forgiving, reconciling—addressing the
various needs of people of every time and place. Part of this mission includes evangelism (or evangelization).
The concern of evangelism is to bring persons to a new life in Jesus Christ. Authentic life in Christ compels us to call
people into communion with God, with one another, and with creation. We followers of Christ are to proclaim by
word and example the Gospel—the Good News—of Christ and of God’s reign, bearing
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