Who Are We?
Institute of Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC), Belmont Abbey
College (Belmont, NC), Furman University (Greenville, SC), and Mepkin
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
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
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
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This site is maintained by Helen Lee Turner.
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Prof. Helen Lee Turner
Dept. of Religion
Greenville, SC 29613