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A Pastoral Letter of Bishop Peter Elder Hickman

Greetings in the Spirit of Christ to the Sisters, Brothers and Friends of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion!

In the opening pages of the Book of Genesis we encounter the great song of creation in which we are told that the Divine Spirit hovered over the primordial waters from which God, by means of the Word, called forth the whole of creation. Through the activity and power of the Holy Spirit, the universe was born in all its entirety, complexity, and potentiality.

In the story of the Garden of Eden we are told that God formed humanity from the dust of the earth, and, by the breath (ruah) of the Holy Spirit, humanity became a living being in the image of God. Somehow , however, humanity, along with the whole of creation, became alienated from God; we lost the Divine Spirit. We were made subject to the reign of death.

Nonetheless, God did not abandon us. By the power and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, God was revealed to us through the words of the ancient Hebrew prophets. God's self-disclosure to humanity in the prophetic word was for the purpose of calling humanity back into relationship with the Divine, which is the life of the Spirit.


Bp. PeterDear Brothers and Sisters,

There is something uniquely moving about walking the cobble stone streets that would have been familiar to Christ Jesus. I remember the first time I stood on the banks of the Sea of Galilee, touched the same olive trees as our lord in the Garden of Gethsemane, and saw with my own eyes where our faith tradition was born over 2,000 years ago. It was seminal moment in my spiritual life and a place I promised to return to again.

I am privileged to have that opportunity again as we lead a group through Israel and Jordan in the Spring of 2015. Please join me on an expertly guided tour of the Holy Land from a uniquely ecumenical and catholic perspective. Together we will walk the path first taken by a poor carpenter from Nazareth. I look forward to celebrating mass together and sharing this experience with you!

Bishop Peter E. Hickman

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Here Am I Among You as One Who Serves

Reflections on the role and function of a diocesan bishop within the ECC

by Rev. Thomas Altepeter


The Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC) has experienced significant growth since its founding over 10 years ago. As a result, there has been an emerging need to evolve a somewhat different form of organization - in essence away from one national diocese under the pastoral leadership of the Presiding Bishop, to a network of semi - autonomous dioceses across several continents, each having their own synodal structure and episcopal leadership, while each remains in meaningful relationship with one another. This is the model that was envisioned and intended by the founders of the Communion. Within the Communion's constitution, and other key documents, there are some principles and parameters to help guide this development.

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