Society for Ecumenical Studies

The Society welcomes members from many different churches and backgrounds, clergy and lay, who are committed to the unity of the Church of Christ, studying its nature and purpose, promoting understanding and co-operation and practising the prayer of Jesus to his Father on the night before he died 'that they all may be one, that the world may believe.......'

  • to advance the Christian Ecumenical Movement and the unity of humanity in Christ
  • to foster receptive ecumenism and ecumenical learning between the different traditions of the Churches
  • to bring together practical and theological experience in social, international and interfaith fields
  • to enable theological exploration with regard to Christianity's divisions, ecclesiology, the reconciliation of the Churches and the visible unity of Christians
  • to arrange occasions for persons of different generations, races and theological convictions to meet, exchange news and ideas, debate, work and pray together on significant study projects

The Society is glad to work in collaboration with study institutes, ecumenical organisations and groups of churches at local, national and international levels.

The Society organises seminars, day conferences and other events that explore current issues and challenges within the Christian Ecumenical Movement that can provide appropriate historical and theological awareness, as well as stimulating imaginative and creative responses to today's perplexities.

Receiving Ecumenical Documents. With particular reference to The Church: Towards a Common Vision, the newly published WCC Faith and Order document - The Society's 24 hour Conference in September 2013
with Dame Mary Tanner, The Revd Canon Dr David Hewlett, The Revd Dr David Oakley, and a panel of National Ecumenical Officers and representatives
The Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham, Tuesday 10 – Wednesday 11 September 2013. For more information and registration, please email the the Secretary.

1700th Anniversary of the Edict of Milan. The Origins of Tolerance: The Flourishing of Political and Theological Debate from 313 to 381 - Spring Meeting 2013
with The Most Reverend Kevin McDonald, , Archbishop Emeritus of Southwark, and with a response by The Revd Andrew Bowden, from Faith in Europe.
St Ethelburga's Centre, London, Monday 10 June 2013.

50th Anniversary of the Opening of the Second Vatican Council: An Appreciation of its Ecumenical Significance - Autumn Meeting 2012
with Charles Freeman, author of AD381, and with a response by The Revd Dr James Hawkey, , Minor Canon and Sacrist, Westminster Abbey.
Heythrop College, University of London, Thursday 11 October 2012.

A Private View of The Methodist Church Collection of Modern Christian Art - Summer Event 2012
with The Revd Graham Kent, Professor of Early Modern History, Secretary to the Trustees of the Collection
Methodist Central Hall, Wednesday 22 August 2012.

The Ecumenical Significance of the King James Bible - Autumn Lecture 2011
with Professor Pauline Croft MA (Oxon) DPhil. FSA FRHistS, Professor of Early Modern History, Royal Holloway, University of London - to mark the 400th Anniversary
Methodist Central Hall Chapel, Monday, September 26th 2011.

The Ecumenical Theology of Rowan Williams - Spring Meeting 2011
with Dame Mary Tanner and Fr Oliver Rafferty SJ
Westminster Abbey, Thursday, June 9th in the Jerusalem Chamber
By kind invitation of the Dean.

One in Christ
The twice yearly Catholic review for Church Unity - further details and how to subscribe can be found on the One in Christ website.

Week of Prayer PDF leaflet for the Unity of Christians
based on the writings of Paul Couturier
Click here for the Word version