Ruth Hoffman, Director of Lutheran Advocacy Ministry and Chair of the NMCC Board of Directors
Carolyn Good, representative from Church Women United
The Reverend Kay Huggins, Interim Executive Director, NMCC
The Reverend Charlotte Hoppe, Lead Minister for Mission West, Tres Rios Areas Disciples of Christ Church
Bishop Michael L. Vono, Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande,
The Reverend Alan Bash, Deputy for the Southwest Conference of the United Church of Christ
The Reverend Rob Craig, Deputy for the Presbytery of Santa Fe, PCUSA
Archbishop John C. Wester, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Bishop Jim Gonia, Rocky Mountain Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Povost Randall Partin, Deputy for the New Mexico Conference of the United Methodist Church
The Reverend John Williams, President, Rio Grande Mission Center, Community of Christ
Monsignor Bennet J. Voorhies, Deputy for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Our leaders know the importance and the challenge of ecumenical engagement; that is why they set aside days for sharing their Christian faith, for the mutual encouragement as denominational leaders, and for setting directions for the common work of the New Mexico Conference of Churches.
We appreciate the words of counsel from our leaders; the Board of Directors, composed of Deputies and at-large members, works with the NMCC staff to give life and spirit through programs of connection, advocacy, education, service, and collaboration around New Mexico.
· Communicate: read and share our newsletters; like and share events posted on Facebook; contribute your ideas and programs to email@example.com.
· Speak up: let us know how ecumenical and interfaith work happens in your local setting; we know there is significant collaboration throughout the state…but we might not know your perspective.
· Show up: the wealth of programs, workshops, services and gatherings are extensive; make a commitment to participate in one ecumenical or interfaith event every month!
· Volunteer: let us know your interests and skills; we will connect you to an appropriate network, congregation, agency or ministry partner.
God of all, we pray as one, that we may be one, just as the Lord Jesus prayed we may be one in Him. Your son Jesus compels us to be reconciled to one another. May our spirits be joined to your Holy Spirit, that we may witness to the visible unity of your Church. May we all recognize that we are truly one with you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit and grow together in peace. We ask this in the name of Jesus our Lord. Amen.
As we prepare to celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Church recalls a special moment in its history 500 years ago. The Reformation changed much in the life of the Church. As scripture shows, it is important not to be limited by what happened in the past, but rather to allow the Holy Spirit to open us to a new future in which division is overcome and God’s people are made whole. We would like to invite you to join in the celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
The theme and text for each year’s observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity are chosen and prepared by representatives of the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. The 2017 theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity revolves around the occasion of the 500th anniversary year of the
beginnings of the Reformation. The theme: “Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us” (2 Corinthians 5:14-20) has two accents: reflection upon the main concerns of the churches marked by Martin Luther’s Reformation and secondly recognizing the pain of the subsequent deep divisions which afflicted the unity of the Church. In selecting this theme, it is viewed as an opportunity to take steps toward reconciliation.
Please encourage your congregation to observe this Week of Prayer; click to contact Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute.