Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr., President of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church, announced that the Rev. Dr. Stephen J. Sidorak, Jr. will retire from his role as Ecumenical Staff Officer for the Council of Bishops Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationship (OCUIR) on July 1, 2016.
United Methodist Council of Bishops
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2016
Ecumenical Staff Officer to Retire
Washington, D.C.: Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr., President of the Council of Bishops of
The United Methodist Church, announced today the retirement of Rev. Dr. Stephen J.
Sidorak, Jr., Ecumenical Staff Officer for the OCUIR (Office of Christian Unity and
Interreligious Relationships) of the Council of Bishops, effective July 1, 2016.
Beginning immediately, Dr. Sidorak will take a leave of absence in order to address
“The Council is appreciative of Dr. Sidorak’s leadership which has been instrumental in
strengthening our ecumenical relationships and working towards greater unity,” said
Bishop Brown. “We thank him for his dedicated efforts.”
During his tenure, Dr. Sidorak guided the restructuring of the former GCCUIC (General
Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns) into the new OCUIR under
the Council of Bishops. He resourced the organization of the Committee on Faith and
Order. Dr. Sidorak played a key role in facilitating the Full Communion Agreement with
the Pan-Methodist family at the 2012 General Conference. At that same General
Conference, he worked on the adoption of the resolution: Healing Relationships with
Indigenous Persons. He also held membership and Leadership on Joint Study Committee
on the Sand Creek Massacre Study Project. Dr. Sidorak was a co-lead staff person on the
Organization of Joint Commission on Full Communion with the ELCA and
implementation of its work, and provided key leadership with various ecumenical
bodies, including but not limited to WCC, NCCUSA, CCT, etc.
Bishop Mary Ann Swenson will oversee the work of OCUIR until further arrangements are made.