JOB ENVIRONMENT The Global Partnerships Team in the Mission Department works to build domestic and international relationships to accomplish God’s mission in a changing world. Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations does this through its work with conciliar ecumenical bodies, interfaith organizations, both domestic and global and through advocacy and dialogue with full communion and other partners.
POSITION SUMMARY This position facilitates, empowers, encourages and assists in the work of coordinating committees and dialogues, researches academic, theological and historical aspects of ecumenical and interreligious work, and identifies parish resources that lead to web and social media mapping.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The Associate serves as staff liaison for the United Methodist, Presbyterian and Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue committees, Lutheran and Moravian coordinating committees and Concordat panel of the Philippine Independent Church. Assists in meeting planning and agenda building with mission department associate staff; the work of committees as they move into deeper partnership and/or full communion by preparing resources for use by the committees through academic and theological research into ecumenical history and writings; and serves as a hub for communication among for Chairs and committee members.
The Associate (1) provides new and available resources on congregational space sharing, mission partnership, emerging ministries and worship, assists in building networks for communication and engaging dioceses in telling their stories; (2) manages social media (Facebook, Twitter and other applications as they emerge); and (3) works with Global Partnerships, Communication and others to develop and update current web pages and ecumenical interreligious library pages.
In partnership with the Standing Commission on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations (SCEIR) and Episcopal Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers (EDEIO), the Associate edits and researches major documents such as the ecumenical handbook, the Red Book and other ecumenical publications and ensures their accessibility. The Associate partners with EDEIO in mapping diocesan interreligious activities. This partnership includes interacting with the Communication Department in order to have a template or common application for the various existing mapping projects.
The incumbent works with church wide staff and others in supporting their ecumenical and interreligious work and ensures the smooth running of the said office and its work in the Mission Department and on behalf of the Presiding Bishop’s office. With the Deputy for Ecumenical and Interreligious Collaboration ensures the representation of the Episcopal Church to conciliar bodies such as the National Council of Churches, World Council of Churches, Churches Uniting in Christ, Christian Churches Together, etc.
Lastly, the Associate may perform other duties as they emerge and/or are assigned.