Jesus prayer that his followers would be one. Ecumenism is not an activity, it is a theological orientation. are you a Lutheran who happens to be Christian or a Christian who happens to be Lutheran?

I’m at the Texas Conference of Churches annual judicatory retreat. txconfchurches.org. Present are bishops and other leader from various church bodies: Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopal, Methodist, Quaker, Presbyterian, and others.

I have been pleasantly surprised at how open and unsuspicious my experience of meeting with church leaders has been. There really is not a hint of turf warfare here. The petty polemics we often hear between various flavors of Christians don’t emerge here. There is a deep love for Christ and the whole church, in it’s various expressions.

This group doesn’t do advocacy. Texas Impact is the ecumenical group for legislative advocacy. This group is about education, relationships and unity.

According to the Pew Forum, in Texas 34% claim to be Evangelical Protestant, 15% Mainline Protestant, 8% Historic Black Protestant, 24% Roman Catholic, a whole bunch of religious traditions listed at 1% or less (Orthodox, Jewish, Muslim, Mormon, Jehovah’s Witnesses, etc.) and 12% unaffiliated. It strikes me that the three Protestant groups account for 53% of Texans, and yet, our atomization into so many denominational groups weakens our influence.

Pray for unity of mission and cooperation that dispels the spirit of division.