The Southern California Ecumenical Council (SCEC) is a regional body representing churches, denominations, related ministries and other ecclesiastical communities who cooperate to promote responsible and creative expressions of our Christian unity and witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Through ecumenical networks and inter-religious partnerships SCEC works to foster religious understanding, to advocate for social justice and to advance the well-being of all people. The Week of Prayer Service and the Faith and Order Commission part of the current work of the Council.
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NAAE & SCEC JOINT CONFERENCE
"The Church: Towards a Common Vision"
September 26-28, 2014 at the Cathedral of St. Leon,
The Rev. Canon Dr. John Gibaut WCC Faith & Order
Download the brochure for the 2014 North American Academy of Ecumenists – Southern California Ecumenical Council joint conference.
ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE FOR THE WEEK OF CHRISTIAN UNITY – 2014
Annual Ecumenical Prayer Service
Sunday, January 26, 2014
At Our Savior Church, USC Caruso Catholic Center, Los Angeles
“HAS CHRIST BEEN DIVIDED?” I Cor. 1:13
This year’s Ecumenical Prayer Service for the Week of Christian Unity, sponsored by the SCEC, drew attendees from more than a dozen Christian denominations to the new Caruso Catholic Center at USC and to its distinctive neo-Romanesque Church of Our Savior. The striking edifice, with stained glass windows by Judson Studios in Pasadena and Stations of the Cross by painter Peter Adams, was dedicated in 2012. Rev. Alexei Smith, SCEC president, and Father Lawrence Seyer, pastor of the Caruso Center, greeted the participants and Bishop R. Guy Erwin, new head of the Southwest Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, preached on the sober and challenging theme: “Has Christ Been Divided?” The prayer service itself focused on the gifts that the different Christian traditions bring to the whole experience of Christianity. The service was enlivened by the musical contributions of the “Pilgrim Pickers” and the contemporary hymns of Jim Manly and also by contributions from the student-based music ministry of the Caruso Center, which included an instrumental trio, and the center’s Latin schola.
This year's recipient of the Gene Boutilier Award for
Outstanding Ecumenical Service was the veteran ecumenical leader, Larry W. Hixon (Disciples of Christ). You can read the full text of Gene Boutilier's remarks here
Following the service, SCEC hosted a reception at the center’s Newman Hall.
From left to right, a guest with Rev. Sally Welch, Rev. Albert Cohen, Rev. Alexei Smith, and Ms. Judi Cline.
Listen to the audio (mp3)
See our Appeal Letter (dated December 2013)