Status as of January 19, 2018 -

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018

Please see the flyer for full details, and the registration page to sign up.

Past Events

Charismatic Catholics arrive in Rome for Spirit-filled week
Some 30,000 Charismatic Christians from 130 countries are in town for four days of high-octane praise and adoration prayers and liturgies, as well as workshops, testimonies, healings, and not a few invocations of the Holy Spirit. The events culminate in a vigil in the Circus Maximus with Pope Francis on Saturday evening, and Pentecost Mass in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday.

At our meeting two weeks ago we discussed working with the Catholic diocese on an ecumenical Ash Wednesday service for 2018. In preparation for that all are invited to observe, pray, listen and receive ashes at the outdoor services. This Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. on the West Capitol steps bishop Soto will preside and again at 5:10 p.m. outside the Moss Federal Building bishop Cotta will preside.

Worship aid for Ash Wednesday.

Bridgefolk Conference 2017

  • Bridgefolk 2017 Report
  • Conference theme: Pilgrimage toward Christian Unity: Beginning with Baptism
  • Keynote speaker: Maxwell Johnson, Professor of Liturgical Studies, University of Notre Dame
  • Place: School of Theology and Ministry, Seattle University, Seattle, WA
  • Dates: July 27-30, 2017
*Mark your calendars! We will send out a notification when registration information is available.

World Events


2010 meetings will be on January 14, March 11, May 13, September 9 and November 11.
Regular meetings are held at 10:00 a.m. in the Board Room at Sierra Mission Partnership Office, Presbyterian Church USA, at 9985 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95887.
Driving directions from downtown Sacramento:
From Hwy. 50, exit on Bradshaw - north
Drive north on Bradshaw Road
Turn right on Folsom Blvd. to 9985.
Sierra Mission Partnership Office is on the northwest corner of Folsom Blvd and Rod Beaudry.
Parking lots in front and rear of complex.

Paul Wattson - Marie Kidder Lecture Series

Named in memory of Marie Kidder, beloved mother of Reverend Monsignor James C. Kidder, pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in El Dorado Hills, this lecture series perpetuates her devotion to ecumenism. The North State Ecumenical Conference hosts such ecumenical events to encourage communication and local discussion among Christian churches.

NSEC's Marie Kidder Lecture Series is now officially affiliated with the Paul Wattson Lecture Series in San Francisco.

The 2010 Paul Wattson-Marie Kidder Seminar will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2010, at 7:00 PM, at the Catholic Pastoral Center, 21st and Broadway, Sacramento. Guest lecturer: The Reverend Dr. Fernando Enns is a Mennonite teaching ecumenical studies at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Enns is director of the Institute for Peace Church Theology at the University of Hamburg, Germany. Public invited. Coordinator: The Reverend Bruce Lundberg may be contacted through Peace Lutheran Church, Grass Valley, CA.

For more information, please contact Rev. Bruce Lundberg.

Past Lectures

The 2009 Marie Kidder-Paul Wattson Seminar was held on Tuesday, February 24, 2009, at the Catholic Pastoral Center at 21st and Broadway, Sacramento, at 7:00 PM. Guest lecturer Dr. Elsa Tamez, distinguished author and Emeritus Professor at Latin American Biblical University, Costa Rica, is member of the Methodist Church in Costa Rica. Her presentation topic was "Relevant Ecumenism: Input from Earliest Christianity"
The 2008 Sacramento Paul Wattson / Marie Kidder Lecture / Seminar featured guest speaker The Reverend James Puglisi, SA. He is Minister General of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement and Director of the Centro Pro Unione in Rome, Italy.
Saturday, November 12, 2005.
Speaker was The Reverend Fahed Abu-Akel, Past Moderator, Presbyterian Church, USA
Topic: Christians in the Holy Lands, Yesterday and Today
Reverend Abu-Akel is originally from a small village near Nazareth.
*2003 "Religious Liberty" --
Reverend John Keane, Director of Postulants, Friars of the Atonement, Washington, D.C.
Bishop David Mullen, Sierra Pacfic Synod, ELCA
(*2003 lecture was also televised locally.)
2002 "Gift of Authority" --
Archbishop William Leveta, Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco
Reverend Don Brown, Dean, Episcopal Cathedral, Diocesan of Northern California
Reverend Bruce Lundberg, Peace Lutheran Church, Grass Valley, CA

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

NSEC sponsors ecumenical worship services during the National Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) January 18-25 each year.

Christian churches are encouraged to initiate pulpit exchanges on January 24, 2010. NSEC has available two printed articles (authored by The Reverend Michael Kiernan) for distribution and use in ecumenical formation. Christian judicatory leaders will meet on Monday, January 25, 2010. Rev. Kiernan may be contacted at the Catholic Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento, CA.

2011 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity to include a NSEC-sponsored "Christian Religious Leaders in Conversation" event on Tuesday, January 18, 2011, and be open to the public. Conversation will include current topics of the day.

Annual Christian Judicatory Leaders Luncheon

2010 luncheon for Christian judicatory leaders will be held on Monday, January 25, 2010, at the Pastoral Center, 21st and Broadway, Sacramento. Luncheon is hosted by North State Ecumenical Conference and Catholic Sacramento Diocesan Bishop Jaime Soto. Invitation is extended to Christian judicatory leaders and their ecumenical representatives.

2007 luncheon was held on Friday, April 27 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Folsom, and for NSEC members only.

The 2006 Judicatory Leaders Luncheon was held on February 17 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Citrus Heights.

The 2005 luncheon was held on February 18 and hosted by St. James Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church, Sacramento. Attendees included NSEC representatives, special guests and the following judicatory leaders:

For more information on this annual event, contact Rev. Michael Kiernan.

Other NSEC sponsored events

1) Several ecumenical study days including
a) Ministry in the Church: Then & Now
Keynote: Rev. Charles Neilsen, Professor of Religion
Responders: Rev. Demetrius Dogias, Greek Orthodox
Rev LaGrant Moore, African Methodist Episcopal
Rev. Dr. Kenan Osborn, Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley
Rev. Sandy Pierce, Federated Church
b) A Study of Mary as viewed from several Christian traditions
2) A four-way baptism with judicatory leaders from
Armenian Orthodox
each baptising a member of their respective traditions from the same font at the Catholic Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento.

NSEC encourages participation in the annual National Workshop on Christian Unity (NWCU). See website: