This morning, the National Council of Churches held an ecumenical reception for His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Simpson Chapel in the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill.
Below is a photo diary documenting the historic visit with NCC leaders and ecumenical partners.
His All-Holiness; The Most Rev. Archbishop Elpidophoros, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese; NCC President and General Secretary Jim Winkler; and NCC Governing Board Chair Bishop Teresa Jefferson Snorton, CME, processed into the chapel.
Ms. Tura Foster Gillespie of the National Workshop on Christian Unity sung the procession hymn, “All Creatures of our God & King,” with those in attendance.
The opening prayer was offered by His All-Holiness, then Mr. Winkler greeted those in attendance and Bishop Jefferson Snorton warmly welcomed everyone to the gathering. Bishop David Talley of Memphis, chair of the Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs; and Rev. Susan Henry Crowe, General Secretary of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society then spoke.
His All-Holiness gave a formal address entitled “The Future of Ecumenical Dialogue.” The full remarks can be found here on goarch.org.
A special recognition of the 30th anniversary of His All-Holiness’s Election and Enthronement was read by NCC’s former Governing Board Chair, Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, UCC.
An Ecumenical Cross was presented by NCC Governing Board Vice Chair, Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, ELCA.
The closing prayer was given by Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, Armenian Church of America.
His All-Holiness distributed icon cards to those in attendance upon their departure from the chapel.