Ecumenical: Training

United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Trainings (UMEIT)


The Council of Bishops takes the lead in ecumenical and interreligious relationship-building on behalf of The United Methodist Church.  In order to help develop leaders with them in this ministry, you offer a series of United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Trainings.  UMEIT comes in 5 different forms:

  1. UMEIT: Young Adult Network – This is a 2-year training for young adults from across the Connection.  Young adults apply and are chosen to be a cohort together.  They meet once a month via video conference with staff from the COB and are training in leadership, the history of the Ecumenical Movement, the Interreligious Movement, and current issues facing religious traditions.  Once a year they meet face-to-face somewhere in the world to build fellowship and help teach each other.  Each participant is also responsible for developing a training network or ministry in his or her context.  (A new cohort began meeting together in October of 2018.)
  1. UMEIT: Ecumenical and Interreligious Plunge – This is a 2-year training commitment for young adults from across the Connection.  Participants are selected and financed by their bishops.  The first year consists of some reading and a 2-week pilgrimage to some of the important venues of the Ecumenical Movement in Europe.  The second year the participants are required to fund their own interreligious pilgrimage to a location of their choice. (The next cohort is scheduled to begin in early 2020, and a minimum of 6 young adults is required.  Please make your choices no later than December 31, 2019.)
  1. UMEIT: USA – This is a week-long training event that runs parallel to the National Workshop on Christian Unity.  Annually, this gathering moves around the US and has a different theme every year.  Using a three-year curriculum participants are trained in the basics of ecumenism, the basics of dialogue and the basics of interreligious engagement.  (This is the training event to which all annual conference Christian Unity representatives in the USA should be sent annually.)
  1. UMEIT: Global – This training is initiated by a bishop anywhere in the world and is tailored to the needs of the participants in that bishops’ episcopal area.  Its goal is to help United Methodists around the world be more informed and passionate about ecumenism and interreligious engagement. (To date it has been held in: the Philippines, Norway, Russia and Angola.  In 2019 it will be held in Germany, with the support of Bishop Rückert.)
  1. UMEIT: Annual Conference – This is a flexible training experience requested by a bishop for his or her episcopal area that runs parallel to an annual conference event already scheduled.  It can be one day to one week in length and its content can be tailored to the needs of the conference. (There are no UMEIT: Annual Conferences currently scheduled.)