Presentation on theme: "Learn, witness, celebrate. Challenge our members, learn from our diversity, witness to our faith, celebrate our oneness within the Body of Christ."— Presentation transcript:
Learn, witness, celebrate
Challenge our members, learn from our diversity, witness to our faith, celebrate our oneness within the Body of Christ.
ek-you-men-i-kl OIKOUMENE - the whole Christian Church around the world
Active faith in Jesus Christ Cross as common symbol Authority and use of Bible Lords prayer Baptism as initiation into Christian life Singing of Christian hymns Promise of eternal life
John 17: 20-21: …that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you… Psalm 133 …how good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity.
17 denominations, 27 judicatories (regions)
6,000 congregations, 3 million members Began in 1919 Office in Columbus
Bruce Ough, President Tim Philabaum, Treasurer Bill Schnell, Vice-President Deb Oskin, Secretary
Legislative testimony Annual Legislative Day Issues: Gambling Heath care Payday lending 7 paid sick days plan Redistricting Food stamps KENO Chronic disease State childrens health insurance program
The Healthy Families Act Farm Bill Social Security and Medicare Federal Budget and Ohio School Funding
Provide theological forums Co-sponsor educational events Resource
keynoters, worship, workshops 2008 – Religion and Politics 2009 – The Next Church: Envisioning Christians of the Future
Spiritual But Not Religious: Problem or Opportunity? January University Plaza Hotel, Columbus
Dr. John C. Green, Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, University of Akron, Senior Fellow, Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life Dr. Linda Mercadante, B. Robert Straker Professor of Theology, Methodist Theological School in Ohio Keynoters
Emphases: Develop policy statements – Older Adults, Capital Punishment, Racism… Address environment, climate change, education for children Respond to disasters and crises
Partnering: Faith-based communities Ohio Interfaith Power & Light Ohioans for Health, Environment & Justice Resource and network
Coalition of Ecumenical Staff Partnerships – Second Harvest Foodbank, Have a Heart Ohio, UHCAN ( Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio), Consumer Voices for Health Care Coverage
Related organizations Church Women United Church World Service Hunger Network in Ohio Interfaith Center for Peace Ohio Campus Ministries Ohio State Chaplains Association
Fellowship Witness Address concerns (i.e. legislation, together) Network and connect with one another re: models, resources (educational), community concerns Way that we give visible unity to one faith Show our common life in Jesus Christ
Try to understand others even as you hope to be understood.
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