Ecumenism Metro Chicago


The Ecumenical Millennium Committee (EMC) was formed in 1999 to prepare for the Third Christian Millennium.  In addition to sponsoring the annual Ecumenical Prayer Service observed as part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Committee is a catalyst for ecumenical courtesy, hospitality and information in the Chicago area.  The Committee’s name was changed in 2010 to Ecumenism Metro Chicago.

EMC membership is comprised of
the following faith communities:
  • American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago
  • Armenian Orthodox Church – Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern)
  • Christian Methodist Episcopal Church – Chicago and Gary Districts
  • Church of the Brethren – Illinois and Wisconsin District
  • Church of God in Christ – First Jurisdiction Illinois
  • Episcopal Church USA – Diocese of Chicago
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – Metropolitan Chicago Synod
  • Greek Orthodox Church – Metropolis of Chicago
  • Orthodox Church in America – Diocese of the Midwest
  • Polish National Catholic Church Western Diocese
  • Presbyterian Church (USA) – Presbytery of Chicago
  • Roman Catholic Church – Archdiocese of Chicago
  • The Salvation Army – Chicago Metropolitan Davison
  • Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA and Canada Metropolitanate of Midwestern America
  • Syriac Orthodox Church – Archdiocese of the Eastern USA
  • Ukrainian Catholic Church – St. Nicholas Eparchy
  • Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA – Western Eparchy
  • United Church of Christ – Illinois Conference
  • United Methodist Church – Northern Illinois Conference
  • Greater Chicago Broadcast Ministries

Ecumenical Millenium Prayer

Composed by Ecumenism Metro Chicago

Almighty God, we lift our hearts to You
in praise and thanksgiving.
Out of love You created the heavens and the earth,--
and breathed life into this world.
Inspire us to treasure this gift in all our relationships:
with You, with each other and with all of creation.

Out of love You gave us your Son,
our Savior Jesus Christ, as Light for our world.
Ignite in us the passion of disciples
and the courage to strive for justice and peace
among the rich diversity of race and culture.

Out of love You sent us the Spirit,
your own first gift for those who believe.
Instill in us a right spirit,
that we may bear your light and love.

Often we have strayed from You.
In your mercy, grant us your forgiveness.
By your power, strengthen us to do your will.

Gracious God, as the new millennium dawns,
enkindle the fire of love in this and every place.
Fill us with hope, wisdom, joy, and peace,
that we may be faithful unto the ages of ages.