The Department of Inter-Orthodox and Inter-Faith Relations represents the Antiochian Archdiocese in ecumenical activities both within the Orthodox Church and with other Christian churches. Orthodox participation in ecumenical dialogue with other Christian churches is motivated by Christ’s call to love the whole of humanity, to witness to Orthodoxy everywhere, and to listen to and learn from others, acknowledging what is good and positive wherever it exists. With this said, Orthodox participants in ecumenical dialogue believe that the imperative to participate in ecumenism is always checked by the belief that true Christian unity cannot be achieved on the basis of a common minimalism. Thus, our beliefs and practice cannot be changed or be reduced to accommodate notions of unity that are not grounded in the fullness of the Orthodox faith.
The Antiochian Archdiocese participates in inter-Orthodox activities and the ecumenical movement in the following areas: 1) The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America; 2) Christian Churches Together in the USA (CCT); 3) Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation; 4) Orthodox-Lutheran Theological Consultation.