SCEC History

Centennial of Southern California
Ecumenical Council
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
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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.


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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.


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

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The Emerging Face of Being One, by Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos

Seeking opportunities for broadening and deepening encounters among followers of Jesus Christ.

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.


2018 Ecumenical Prayer Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in Rome invite Christians all over the world to pray together and dedicate ourselves anew to the unity for which Christ prayed (John 17:21) during 2018's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Please join us as we celebrate the gifts of our diverse Christian traditions in the Southland at our annual Ecumenical Prayer Service.

When: Sunday, January 28, 2018, 2-4PM
Where: St. Mary's Assyrian Church of the East, 5955 Lindley Ave, Tarzana, CA 91356
Theme: "Thy Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power" (Exodus 5:16)
Preaching: Bishop Henry Johnson, Rev. Mary Glenn, Chor-Bishop George Betrasho

A reception hosted by the St. Mary's Assyrian Church community will follow the prayer service. ALL ARE WELCOME. Join us for this special opportunity to pray together and bear witness to the call to unity.

For more information, call SCCF at (310) 640-0710 or St. Mary's Assyrian Church of the East at (818) 996-5173 or visit our Facebook page – Southern California Christian Forum.

Doing Mission and Evangelism Ecumenically


We Christians believe that we are 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 witness to his saving death and resurrection for all. Read more
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2013

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