Unity - Faith in Action
The Lehigh Conference of Churches represents:
A partnership of over 140 Christian congregations and faith-based organizations in Lehigh including Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, Independent and ethnic congregations. "Believing that churches working together can do what no one church can do alone."
Affirm an ecumenical Christian witness and foster greatest cooperation that is possible among diverse religious perspectives.
Listed below are the different ecumencal events done by the Conference of Churches.
Christmas Peace Pilgrimage CROP Walk Ecumenical Service Award
Ecumenism Committee General Ecumenical Activities Interfaith In Action
Justice & Advocacy Committee Robert K. Campbell Memorial Lectures on Christian Unity
World Council of Churches
Apply now: Academic courses at Ecumenical Institute in Bossey
The World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland is inviting applications for the academic programmes in ecumenical studies, 2015-2016. The application deadline is 30 November 2014.
The current annual academic programme offers a Complementary Certificate in Ecumenical Studies; a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Ecumenical Studies; a Master of Advanced Studies in Ecumenical Studies. There is also the possibility to do a Doctorate in Theology (specializing in Ecumenical Studies).
See how you can help us affirm an ecumenical Christian witness and foster greatest cooperation that is possible among diverse religious perspectives.
General Ecumenical Activities
Conference staff and volunteers are available to lead worship, mission moments, adult and youth education classes/retreats
Ecumenical Director builds relationships with congregations to assist them develop their community ministries.
Confirmation and/or adult poverty tours to learn about our neighbors in need
Soup Kitchen Pastor of the Day
Coordination of the Church Code System for area hospitals
Contact for Prison Ministry
Ecumenism Committee - Works to create worship and educational experiences to foster Christian unity.
Week of Prayer
for Christian Unity
During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, usually during late January, the Conference has an ecumenical service with participation of many of the faith traditions that make up the Conference.
Robert K. Campbell Memorial Lectures on Christian Unity
Held annually since 1993, the purpose of the Robert
K. Campbell Memorial Lectures on Christian Unity is to encourage Christian unity within the faith community in the Lehigh Valley. Established by the Lehigh Conference of Churches in 1990, this endeavor has tremendously fostered the greatest cooperation possible among diverse religious perspectives and dialogue about religious issues of major importance to the community. Additionally, the lectureship has drawn public attention to the subject of Christian unity and its potential for addressing some of the major problems facing society today. To read more about Campbell Lectures. You can read lectures from recent presenters in our archives.
Christmas Peace Pilgrimage
For 50 years, during the Christmas season, people who believe in the importance of Peace have been gathering in Nazareth to walk the ten miles to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This pilgrimage, symbolic of the journey of Mary and Joseph, provides all of us with an opportunity to think about what Christmas really means. Learn more about the Annual Nazareth to Bethlehem Walk.
CROP Walk is the fundraising arm of Church World Service, an international development and disaster relief organization of the interdenominational National Council of Churches. On the second Sunday of each October individuals, churches and organizations participate in a CROP Walk to raise funds to benefit local hunger relief efforts and to help communities in the United States and throughout the world when floods and other disasters strike, as well as with development and refugee resettlement efforts. 25% of the funds raised locally remain in the community and are divided between the Conference Soup Kitchen and the Allentown Ecumenical Food Bank.
Ecumenical Service Award
Since 1981, the Lehigh County Conference of Churches has recognized individuals within this community who have made outstanding contributions to Christian Unity. The Ecumenical Service Award is presented each spring at the Annual Meeting.
Interfaith In Action
Interfaith discussions and service to people in need to live out the teachings that all share: to love your neighbor.
Justice and Advocacy Program Visit the Justice & Advocacy website
Network connecting churches to educate about poverty and unity issues
Workshops and dialogues including annual sponsorship of Bread for the World seminars
Advocacy and letters to legislators
Souper Bowl of Caring equips and mobilizes congregations, schools and businesses to positively impact their communities by collecting money or food on or near Super Bowl weekend. 100% of the collections go directly to the Food programs of the Conference. In 2013, 35 congregations raised over $30,000 to fight hunger right here in the Lehigh Valley!
How You Can Help -Faith in Action Christian & Interfaith Program Needs
Each of the committees and events require leadership, planning and participation. Make a difference in our community by joining the committees meaning work. Listed below is a few ways you can help each committee. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator to learn more and to join the committees.
Campbell Lecture for Christian Unity: Daytime gathering to plan annual lecture, participation in annual lecture afternoon and evening during Lent, contribute to Campbell Endowment, underwrite attendance at annual lecture on student essay prizes.
CROP Walk: Noontime gatherings to plan annual walk, participation in annual walk, collect pledges, sponsor ad book, underwrite costs of local walk.
Ecumenism Committee: Daytime gathering to plan Week of Prayer Service and educational/theological discussions, participations in events, help with Youth Choir, underwrite costs of ecumenical events and ecumenism personnel, host an event, or provide food for fellowship hour at events.
Justice & Advocacy: Monthly evening gathering, participations at events, host events, provide food for fellowship hour at events, underwrite event costs, and participation in events.
Interfaith in Action: Attend and plan 8 yearly events, host events, underwrite costs of events, in-kind donations to projects.