The Ecumenical Institute 
of the Carolinas

A Venture in Ecumenical and Interfaith Understanding

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Sponsored by

Belmont Abbey College
Furman University
Mepkin Abbey
Wake Forest University

Upcoming Event:  

2010 Cuthbert Allen Lecture and Award Dinner

  September 19, Belmont Abbey College, Haid Ballroom

Speaker: President Rod Smolla, Furman University 
“Three Degrees of Separation:  Different Approaches to the Relationship Between Religion and Government in American Life”
President Smolla, former Dean of Washington and Lee School of Law, will explore the “High, Middle, and Low Separationist” schools of thought and conclude with strategies that encourage mutual respect and civil discourse among those with strongly held views on the role of religion in the public sphere.

Honoree: Rev. Brenda L. Kneece, Executive Minister of the SC Christian Action Council

Click HERE to learn how to register for the event and find out about afternoon programs.  

Who Are We?
The Ecumenical Institute of Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC), Belmont Abbey College  (Belmont, NC), Furman University (Greenville, SC), and Mepkin Abbey (Moncks Corner, SC) seeks to develop a cooperative venture of students and scholars which will support human understanding among individuals and various faiths and denominations.  Its goal is to address religious questions that trouble our world and to facilitate constructive and well-informed interaction on such matters.  According to the original wording of its Constitution (1969), the EI, "relying on the transforming power of the Holy Spirit ... works to develop mutually supportive fellowship, common witness, study, and action to the glory of God and the good of persons."  Although today the Institute might choose more religiously inclusive language, this statement reflects the organization's ongoing view that genuine interfaith endeavors do not require the suspension of belief or personal commitment.  
          The Ecumenical Institute began in 1968 as a cooperative undertaking of Wake Forest and Belmont Abbey, which had particular interest at that time in the tensions between Catholics and Baptists.  Before long a number of influential Jewish leaders became involved as well, and the mission of the Institute expanded.  In 2002, Furman University and Mepkin Abbey joined as co-sponsors and the geographical boundaries of the Institute were enlarged.  But at the turn of the century, the EI was also interested in expanding its interfaith work.  While still invested in Christian Ecumenism, the Institute today is seeking ways to lend academic and intellectual guidance to the region's interfaith undertakings.  

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Wake Forest University: Link
    Belmont Abbey College: Link
    Mepkin Abbey: Link
    Furman University: Link

This site is maintained by Helen Lee Turner. 
Send comments and announcements to:
Prof. Helen Lee Turner
Dept. of Religion
Furman University
Greenville, SC 29613

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