• Virtual ECC Synod 2020 – SUCCESS

    ECC Synod Passes Anti Racist and Climate Change Resolutions ECC Acts Against Climate Change and Stands with Black Lives St, Louis, Mo. — October 30th, 2020 — The Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC), founded in 2003 and made up of 40 communities across the US and 5000+ members, hosted its 2020 Synod earlier this month.  The ECC is a member of the National Council of Churches.  The virtual Synod, “Roots and Wings” hosted over 300 members from the communion to share in community, hear from renowned speakers and leaders of the Communion, and make important decisions together. Two of these groundbreaking resolutions were examples of standing in solidarity with Black lives…

  • 2020 Virtual Holy Synod

    The Leadership Council is excited to announce REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for our ECC VIRTUAL 2020 Holy Synod (October 12,13,14) Two registration options are available, the Individual fee of $50.00 or the Parish/Community fee of $250.00 for unlimited parishioners. The Parish/Community registration fee is intended to provide the opportunity for large numbers of parish members to attend and experience Synod who might not otherwise have been able to attend in person because of finances, travel, work & other time commitments, etc.  And although we feel the the cost of registration is reasonable in covering our expenses, please contact ECC Administrator Erin Outson at opbadministrator@ecumenical-catholic-communion.org if you anticipate the fee being a challenge for you or your community and would like…

  • Our Covid 19 Journey Together

    A National State of Emergency regarding Covid 19 was declared on March 13. Since that time members of our Communion, our friends and family have suffered the ravages of this scourge. Communities have scrambled to creatively respond to their own worship needs. Pastors and lay leaders have labored to hold their flocks together. Some have fallen sick. Some have died. Some communities have lost their worship space for various reasons, including economic ones. Our chaplains have been under significant strains. Many of us have become weary. Our hope has been tested by realistic projections of what life in our country is likely to be like for the foreseeable future. At the…

  • Synod Update from bishop Francis

    I want to start off with an announcement from the Leadership Council, which is charged with planning our synod for this year: “There will be no “in person” gathering for Synod this Fall. However, there will be a Fall Synod; we will gather remotely on Zoom. This remote gathering will happen within the same time frame we had planned (October 12-15 2020), but it is likely to occur over no more than part of two days. The Leadership Council is working to decide the exact date(s) and times of our gathering. We expect it will be a combination of conducting the needed business of Synod and experiencing content, fellowship, and prayer.” As…

  • Bishop Francis visited California Diocese

    January 25-31 I visited the California Diocese in late January. The purpose of the visit was strictly to strengthen the bonds of unity between the church in California and the rest of the communion. I met with the lay delegates to Synod, most of the clergy, and Bishops Armando and Peter. Every diocese or area of the country is naturally going to have a local flavor, and thus the Church is going to “incarnate” differently in each milieu. Our unity will be held together, I believe, through the wisdom of the ancient phrase of unknown authorship, quoted by Pope John XXIII in his first encyclical: “But the common saying, expressed…