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For Immediate Release
May 4, 2016
Contact: Amy Lebowitz, Camino PR
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New book investigates how to strengthen Christian unity

Dr. Glen Alton Messer, II releases Perfecting Unity one chapter at a time

NEW YORK — Today, the Council of Bishops Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships (OCUIR) of The United Methodist Church announces the release of Perfecting Unity, a new book written by Dr. Glen Alton Messer, II, Associate Ecumenical Staff Officer of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church. Perfecting Unity, which investigates the beauty and challenges of Christian unity, will be released one chapter weekly, starting today, with the final chapter expected to be released in October 2016.

Perfecting Unity challenges assumptions and examines how Christians can live united — with God and with one another — in ecumenical community,” said Messer. “I have written a book not for experts, but for anyone wrestling with questions about how to live faithfully in the world.”

The book’s first chapter, “Perfecting Unity?”, encourages readers to question what they know as part of their own personal process of strengthening their faith and understanding. Messer reveals several ways to engage the concept of “perfecting unity.” The book’s first chapter can be found on the OCUIR website at http://www.ocuir.org/perfectingunity/.

Messer is the Associate Ecumenical Staff Officer of the Council of Bishops Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships of The United Methodist Church. Prior to his work with OCUIR (and its predecessor body — the General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns), he taught Methodist Studies and History of Christianity of the Modern Period at Boston University School of Theology. He has also been Adjunct Lecturer at Yale Divinity School.

OCUIR is the part of The United Methodist Church that engages with other Christian denominations to work toward unity and peace. OCUIR also helps interpret The United Methodist Church’s role as it encounters other living faith communities, cultures and ideologies.

For more information about OCUIR, visit www.ocuir.org. Find OCUIR on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OCUIR/.

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The Council of Bishops Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships (OCUIR) is part of The United Methodist Church and seeks to strengthen Christian unity, interreligious relationships and work toward peace.

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