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"I concur with you strictly in your opinion of the comparative merits of atheism and demonism, and really see nothing but the latter in the being worshipped by many who think themselves Christians."

Thomas Jefferson, letter to Richard Price, Jan. 8, 1789.

Virginia Council of Churches

The Virginia Council of Churches is the oldest ecumenical body in the Commonwealth, representing thirty seven governing bodies of eighteen Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant denominations. As we work together as Christian communions, we build Christian Unity; as we work together with persons of other faiths, we build human community.


Richard Cizik to Address Faith in Action Awards Luncheon

Jon Barton - Wednesday, March 12, 2014


  The Virginia Council of Churches will present this year's recipients of the 2014 Faith in   Action Awards on May 13 at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church. Special Guest   Rev. Dr. Richard Cizik will be this year's luncheon speaker. REGISTER NOW


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Jon Barton - Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Church Unity Octave, a forerunner of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, was developed by Father Paul Wattson, SA, at Graymoor in Garrison, New York, and was first observed at Graymoor from January 18-25, 1908. Today, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity invites the whole Christian community throughout the world to pray in communion with the prayer of Jesus “that they all may be one” (John 17:21).

In 1966, the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches and the Vatican Secretariat (now Council) for Promoting Christian Unity began collaborating as a common international text for worldwide usage. Since 1968 these international texts, which are based on themes proposed by ecumenical groups around the world, have been developed, adapted and published for use in the United States by the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute


End Solitary Confinement

Jon Barton - Tuesday, May 29, 2012
As an officer of the Council for the past two years, I have had the opportunity to be exposed to a number of different issues affecting our state. The most recent of them, is the issue surrounding the recent hunger strike protest put on by inmates at Red Onion supermax prison in Wise County, VA. Last Tuesday, about four dozen prisoners began protesting the use of solitary confinement and other egregious conditions in which they’ve endured while imprisoned in our state’s justice system. As of today, a week later, State officials are saying that the hunger strike has ended, but the question yet remains, “when will the torture stop?”