The 2019 Annual Meeting of the Joint Committee on Franciscan Unity
Roslyn Retreat Center is located on 150 scenic acres in Henrico County, Virginia, two miles west of the City of Richmond on the James River.
Roslyn Retreat Center
8727 River Road
Henrico, Virginia 23229
GPS USERS: Enter “HENRICO” in your GPS instead of “RICHMOND” for the most accurate results.
On May 9 and 10, 2019, the Joint Committee on Franciscan Unity (JCFU) will be hosting a conference for the sisters and brothers of all our participating orders. This is an annual event that takes place in different locations across the United States. This year the Conference will take place at the Pallottine Renewal Center, 15270 Old Halls Ferry Rd. Florissant, MO 63034.
The JCFU invites five members of each participating order preferably those working in leadership to attend the overnight conference. The cost for attendance is carried by the Joint Committee.
“The purpose of our conferences is to deepen relationships and dialogue around timely issues. Our conferences have played an essential role in expanding awareness of the potential for life changing work across our orders for social and economic justice peacemaking and interfaith bridge building. At the conference, we give people the opportunity to look at who they say they are and who they profess to be, and to continue with their conversion process. We all need to continue to grow. Francis and Clare continued growing throughout their lives. It led them into loving relationships with an ever-widening group of God's beloved people; we need to do likewise. “(Joint Committee on Franciscan Unity Video)
More information on the Joint Committee on Franciscan Unity can be found on the OFS-USA-EIC website: www.ofsusaecumenicalinterfaith.org.
With the Joint Committee on Franciscan Unity, I invite you and the Sisters and Brothers of the St. Clare Region to join with us as we celebrate each other in our Franciscan charism.
Mike Carsten OFS
Annual business/planning meeting of the Joint Committee on Franciscan Unity
The Ecumenical Leadership Institute will be held July 23-27 at Theological College next door to the USCCB offices in Washington DC (across the street from Catholic University). The purpose of this Institute is to help newly-appointed Ecumenical Officers and arch/diocesan commission members, diocesan leaders, members of religious orders, seminarians, theology students and interested laity, (anyone, really who could benefit from the information – people in ministry of any kind) get acquainted with the ecumenical spirit and documents of the Church in relationship with other Christian communities.
Donna Hollis, OFS
Ecumenical/Interfaith Committee Member
Joint Committee on Franciscan Unity
Donna learned early on that we are all God’s Children no matter where we go to Church. As long as we keep our relationship with Him close and are accepting of others especially those that are different than us; we can be at peace with those around us. She believes dialogue begins with building relationships which brings trust and openness and acceptance. Her lifetime experiences have led her to an open heart and willingness to step out of her comfort zone in order to receive what the Spirit is showing her through others.
The book, the Sultan and the Saint, reminds us of the actions of St Francis when he met with the Sultan. Pope Francis said modern societies are demonstrating fear of other religions, but also fear of any religion, which is another reason why followers of different faiths should meet, dialogue and work together to promote the common good and show others that faith makes positive contributions to society.
Join us to learn how we can “Reach Out Beyond our Faith”
Open to people of all faiths
St Bonaventure Secular Franciscan Fraternity
Fleming Island (Jacksonville/Orange Park area) Florida
Sacred Heart Catholic Church - Sullivan Hall
7190 Highway 17
South Fleming Island, Florida 3200
As featured in The Wall Street Journal. Read the article here.
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7 In these days when acts of violence and hate speech are all too common, many find themselves fearful, with a sense of helplessness. We don't have to be. As followers of Christ, Jesus calls us to be peacemakers and reconcilers just as he was. This retreat aims to reinforce our trust in and dedication to the peacemaking work of Christ. Through reflection on scripture, prayer, and times of silence, participants will have opportunities to personally tap into that "peace that surpasses all understanding." Furthermore, they will consider ways to create safe and constructive dialog between those who have not had much positive conversation with each other regarding race, politics, class, or religion. And to help put faith into practice, they will be empowered with methods to use in their relationships and communities for positive responses to violence.
To Find out more and to register visit www.rootsandbranchesprograms.org or call 646-401-2790
2018 Theme "A World Uprooted - Responding to Migrants, Refugees and Displaced People"
National Gathering & Congressional Lobby Day
Click the image or here to download a single file of the printable EAD description brochure to share in your community.
Ecumenical Advocacy Days is a movement of the ecumenical Christian community, and its recognized partners and allies, grounded in biblical witness and our shared traditions of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. Our goal, through worship, theological reflection and opportunities for learning and witness, is to strengthen our Christian voice and to mobilize for advocacy on a wide variety of U.S. domestic and international policy issues.
EAD began in 2003 as a coalition of sponsor organizations holding an annual national education and advocacy conference around different social justice issues for Christian advocacy. Since then it has become the premier Christian advocacy event in the United States, bringing together 1,000 faith advocates each year to mobilize for action and to make a public witness on Capitol Hill. EAD has addressed such issues as food justice, economy & livelihood, poverty & hunger, immigration & refugees, climate change, national & international security, and issues especially affecting women and children around the world. Visit our Past National Gatherings page to view resources and information from several past National Gatherings.
COME TO WASHINGTON
Our annual National Gathering provides participants with tools to be effective Christian witnesses to justice, peace, and integrity of creation around carefully chosen issues of national and international importance. Incorporating music, art, worship, education, and social activities, the weekend event informs and engages the participating advocates in a comprehensive way. Activities include a series of interactive plenary sessions and workshops addressing aspects of the issue on a global scale, with workshop interest sections including Africa, Asia-Pacific, Domestic U.S., Eco-Justice, Global Economic Justice, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Peace and Global Security. There are also advocacy skills training experiences and networking opportunities by state and denomination, preparing advocate groups for a focused Lobby Day conversation with their Members of Congress and Senators on the basis of a specific “Legislative Ask,” which is carefully prepared by policy experts and which articulates solid policy rooted in our common Christian social justice traditions. Click on the menu at the top of the page to get more information about the current year’s National Gathering or to register.
The Sultan and the Saint
A True Story of Muslim-Christian Peacemaking
Viewing of the Docudrama with the joined community entering into dialogue
Ann Arbor, Michigan
January 31, 2018, 7:30 PM
Genesis of Ann Arbor; The home of St. Clare's Episcopal Church
- St. Clare's Episcopal Church Ann Arbor
- The Islamic Center of Ann Arbor
- Secular Franciscan Order, USA Ecumenical & Interfaith Committee
To Register for this event contact
Mike Carsten OFS @ Mikecars10@gmail.com
2017 Animate Peace Gathering
27 – 30 July 2017
Renaissance Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri
The Gathering begins Thursday evening with 5pm
dinner and ends on Sunday at 11am
In his opening statement of the 2017 World Day of Peace Message, Pope
Francis prays that, "especially in situations of conflict, let us respect
this, our deepest dignity, and make active nonviolence our way of life."
Our Holy Rule tells us to be mindful that we are all bearers of peace, and
as such, we are called to continual conversion of heart and mind.
During our Animate Peace Gathering, we will learn the art of
nonviolent communication and mindful listening as paths to
conflict resolution and nonviolent living.
The cost for conference, hotel and meals is
$325 for a shared room, $480 for a private room.
- for those registering by May 15, 2017.
Commuter cost is $165 for conference and meals.
Costs will increase by $40 after the May 15th deadline.
A $100 deposit is due at time of registration.
Full payment due by June 15, 2017
All are welcome but space is limited.
For more information, please contact
Carolyn Townes at ctownes26 @ hotmail.com.
Agents of Peace in a Time of Fear
Roots and Branches: Programs for Spiritual Growth
Starts: June 9, 2017
Ends: June 10, 2017
Taconic Retreat Center 64 White Dr. Red Hook, New York 12571
As featured in The Wall Street Journal. Read the article here.
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7 In these days when acts of violence and hate speech are all too common, many find themselves fearful, with a sense of helplessness. We don't have to be. As followers of Christ, Jesus calls us to be peacemakers and reconcilers just as he was. This retreat aims to reinforce our trust in and dedication to the peacemaking work of Christ. Through reflection on scripture, prayer, and times of silence, participants will have opportunities to personally tap into that "peace that surpasses all understanding." Furthermore, they will consider ways to create safe and constructive dialog between those who have not had much positive conversation with each other regarding race, politics, class, or religion. And to help put faith into practice, they will be empowered with methods to use in their relationships and communities for positive responses to violence. Co-led by the Revs. Masud Ibn Syedullah and Garrett Mettler at Taconic Retreat Center in Milan, NY. Accommodations at the retreat center and all meals are included in the $300 registration cost. To find out more and to register visit www.taconicretreat.org or call 845-758-8764.
Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers (CADEIO) 2017 National Workshop on Christian Unity
The National Workshop for Christian Unity (NWCU) which will be held May 1-May 4, 2017, at the Hilton Minneapolis Downtown, Minneapolis, MN. Please click here for the CADEIO Opening Day, General Assembly, & Closing Day schedules.
Roots and Branches: Programs for Spiritual Growth
With recent political decisions to attempt to ban Muslims and refugees from entering this nation for a better life or even for safety, what is our role in responding as people of faith? As a nation founded upon principles of religious freedom and enshrined in our Constitution, what are the duties of a Christian majority in defending the freedom of religious minorities? Fear is a highly controlling force that plays a major role in the narrative around Muslims – and a lack of common understanding about Islam as a religion often fuels the fire of fear. Building Bridges | A Christian-Muslim Interfaith Dialogue is an opportunity for us to learn more about Islam and our Muslim brothers and sisters. At this moderated panel discussion, our speakers will discuss:
- what our faiths have in common;
- the “Muslim experience” in this country;
- ways that we can support each other in our communities as people of faith;
- ways that Christians and Muslims can work together to strive for peace, justice, and understanding in our communities and the greater world.
Please join us on Sunday, March 26th at 1:30 pm for this timely and important “Conversation That Matters.” For more information, and to sign up, please visit St. Luke's Eventbrite page here.
An Interfaith Conference to Celebrate the Unity and Common Life We Share in the Holy One In these times of suspicion and fear of people of different faith traditions, this conference, led by a rabbi, Christian priest, and imam, affirms the Divine Light that shines through all people of Godly faith, and offers an opportunity to experience that Life-Giving Spirit in “the other.” Participants hear presentations, and experience some of the spiritual practices of the three Abrahamic traditions, including Holy Scripture, music, poetry, and sacred movement. Designed to facilitate conversation and understanding among people of different faith traditions, participants go forth from the conference as witnesses of unity and hope. For more information and to sign up, click here.