Ecumenical and Inter-Faith Relations
The Metropolis of Boston Ecumenical Office works to strengthen relationships with the Christian and interfaith communities, both in Boston and throughout New England. The Metropolis continues to be an active member of the Massachusetts Council of Churches. In 2018, the Annunciation Cathedral in Boston hosted the MCC Annual Meeting.
The Metropolis maintains ongoing interaction with the Roman Catholic Church. Such interactions include: the annual exchange of representatives on the feasts of Ss. Peter and Paul and St. Andrew; Hierarchical visits at the Roman Catholic Chrism Mass on Holy Tuesday and the Orthodox celebration of Pascha.
In the broader Christian community, the Metropolis has participated and taken a leadership role in the Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and Unite Boston ecumenical gatherings. Additionally, the Metropolis was part of a national event in Boston that discussed ways to “take back Sunday” as a day of worship and family.
The Metropolis also seeks to foster relationships with churches throughout the area, especially with the non-Chalcedonian communities such as the Armenian and Coptic churches. The Metropolis helped organize and hosted an event to commemorate the anniversary of the Armenian genocide.
The Metropolis has taken an active stance in the critical social-ethical issues facing the Boston community. His Eminence helped lead the response of local religious leaders to referenda on physician assisted suicide and the legalization of marijuana.
In the interfaith community, the Metropolis has had and continues to have a productive and fruitful dialogue with the local Jewish community. Several events were organized in which guest speakers spoke on a variety of religious and cultural topics and members of the respective communities gathered in fellowship.