Ecumenical and Interfaith Partners
As part of our commitment to collaboration, the Diocese and its churches work frequently with faith communities from across the Christian Church and other religious traditions.
CHRIST'S BELOVED COMMUNITY (COMUNIDAD AMADA DE CRISTO)
Christ's Beloved Community (Comunidad Amada de Cristo) is a bilingual, bicultural church plant in Winston-Salem organized jointly by the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. They were welcomed as a mission church during the 203rd Annual Convention in 2018.
RABBI-IN-RESIDENCE & ECUMENICAL AND INTERFAITH OFFICER
The Diocese is pleased to name the Rabbi Raachel Jurovics, Ph.D. as the diocesan rabbi-in-residence for the Diocese of North Carolina. This new, non-stipendiary role was created out of the Diocese’s deep commitment to interfaith conversation and born of an ongoing interest in learning from one another as we explore the historic connection and contemporary expressions of the relationship between Judaism and Christianity.
Jurovics will work in partnership with the bishops of North Carolina and the Rev. Dr. Jim Melnyk, diocesan ecumenical and interfaith officer, on a variety of opportunities for dialogue and education, including:
- Developing retreat programming (open to all) on topics to be identified, including using Under One Crown (recently published by R. Jurovics and colleagues) as a way into the midrashic process that could then be applied to selected New Testament texts
- Developing presentations ahead of Easter applying the spiritual orientation of deep ecumenism to the Gospel Passion Narratives
- Cultivating relationships with the wider body of the diocese, with clergy and lay leadership, starting with small group conversations at clergy clericus meetings and other convocation gatherings
- Being available as a spiritual director to clergy and laity.
Creating this first “faith leader-in-residence” relationship is an intentional commitment to the Diocese’s ongoing engagement and conversation with those who practice faiths different from Episcopalians.
NC COUNCIL OF CHURCHES
Comprised of 26 distinct judicatories from 18 denominations, the North Carolina Council of Churches is a statewide ecumenical organization promoting Christian unity and working towards a more just society. Across the state, members represent more than 6,200 congregations with about 1.5 million congregants. The Council enables denominations, congregations, and people of faith to impact our state on issues such as economic justice and development, human well-being, equality, compassion and peace, following the example and mission of Jesus Christ.