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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  

Click the links for details. 
Contact Sandra, Good Shepherd's
Ecumenical Representative with any questions: 
ChristianUnityGS@gmail.com

  • 3rd Annual Interfaith Solidarity March: Sunday, October 27, 2pm–5pm (Registration from 1 pm - 2 pm) Temple Valley Beth Israel, 13060 W Roscoe Blvd, Sun Valley, CA 91352 Dinner provided by the Sikhs of Los Angeles. 
  • LA Heart - Interfaith Block Party: Sunday, November 3, 2pm-4:30pm Vendors, food, music and games. Vermont Avenue, between 4th & 5th Street (near Wilshire /Vermont Metro Station) This event is co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
  • Choral Evensong at All Saints Episcopal Church, Beverly Hills: Sunday, November 3, 5pm-6pm Join our neighboring parish in celebrating their Feast Day on All Saints Sunday with a typically Anglican service of sung evening prayer, psalms and canticles.

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)