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Bp. Francis Office of the Presiding Bishop
Ecumenical Catholic Communion

Bishop Denise, NCR Article

"Ecumenical," Our "First Name"

I am delighted that some of our church communities have teamed up with Christian communities in various ways recently.

Poland Father Tomasz Puchalski and members of his community in Poznan, Poland, joined Roman Catholics, Methodists, and Lutherans to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

Denver St. Paul Community in Denver, which is applying for membership in the ECC, celebrated this anniversary of the Reformation with Lutherans and Catholics participating in the same Eucharist presided over by Jim Gonia, Bishop of the Rocky Mountain Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). I'll be meeting with Bishop Jim when I visit Denver November 16th to work on building a relationship with him.

Mary Magdalene Mary of Magdala Community has been nested at St. Paul's Episcopal in Ft. Collins, CO. since its inception. Recently St. Paul's decided to move to be nested with Trinity Lutheran in the same city. All three congregations celebrated the Eucharist together for their first Sunday in the same place and I'm told they asked Fr. Jim DeMuth to preside. This is a moment of unity to pause and consider.

Other communities, like St. Jerome in Tulsa, marked the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in their own ways.This ability to see the grace of God active in other churches and faiths is a mark of a church that is paying attention to the living God. Let's keep that up!

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