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The Rev. Dr. Thomas Ferguson named Episcopal Church Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations Officer
[June 23, 2010] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has named the Rev. Dr. Thomas Ferguson as Ecumenical and Inter-religious Relations Officer for The Episcopal Church.
In this position, Ferguson will develop strategies and actions supporting the Presiding Bishop's efforts as chief ecumenical officer of The Episcopal Church. Working with colleagues, Ferguson will seek to foster ecumenical and interreligious dialogue and cooperation with other Christian communions and world religions.
Ferguson, who has been serving as the interim officer, noted, "I am honored to have the opportunity to continue to serve the Presiding Bishop and The Episcopal Church. Given many of the changes we are facing in society, our ecumenical and interreligious engagement is of critical importance to the life of the Church."
Ferguson will be a member of the global partnerships team. He will be based in Madison, WI.
Meet the Rev. Dr. Thomas Ferguson
Most recently, Ferguson was the Interim and Associate Deputy for Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations for The Episcopal Church. During that time, he was the theological consultant for the bilateral theological dialogues with the United Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church (USA), Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Orthodox Church, and Roman Catholic Church. He was appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury to the International Anglican-Orthodox Dialogue.
Ferguson has taught adjunct at Union Theological Seminary, Claremont School of Theology, and Wartburg Theological Seminary.
His works have been published in The Anglican, Anglican Theological Review, Journal of Anglican Studies, and St. Vladimir's Theological Quarterly. He is also a nationally known presenter.
Ferguson was ordained to the priesthood December 2009. Pastorally, he has served as the interim chaplain at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at posts at Emmanuel Church, Boston; Miriam Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island; and St. Thomas Church in New Haven, CT.
Ferguson holds a PhD from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, and is a graduate of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Yale Divinity School and Wesleyan University.
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