It is ironic that ecumenists — dedicated to the dialogue of religions and cultures — have produced an unbelievable number of acronyms. These acronyms, intended to make dialogue more accurate and efficient, have become a barrier to participation by people who have not yet learned this esoteric language.

On our website, we have made an effort to avoid using acronyms without providing a definition. However, there are probably times when a list of acronyms will be useful. The list below includes acronyms for ecumenical and interreligious agencies, as well as a few for non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Although many of the acronyms are in English, there are a few in French and other languages commonly used in the ecumenical movement. The same acronym may have more than one meaning. We have given preference to Canadian usage in this list. If the definition provided here does not fit the context of the acronym you are seeking, it will likely be found by searching Google.

If you would like to suggest an acronym to add to our list, please email the editor at editor@ecumenism.net.

Il est ce ironique des œcuménistes — consacré au dialogue des religions et des cultures — ont produit un nombre incroyable d’acronymes. Ces acronymes, eus l’intention pour rendre le dialogue plus précis et efficace, sont devenus une barrière à la participation par les personnes qui n’ont pas encore appris cette langue ésotérique.

Sur notre siteweb, nous avons fait un effort d’éviter d’employer des acronymes sans fournir une définition. Cependant, il y a probablement des périodes quand une liste d’acronymes sera utile. La liste ci-dessous inclut des acronymes pour les agences œcuméniques et interreligieuses, aussi bien qu’uns pour des organisations nonnes gouvernemental (O.N.G.s). Bien que plusieurs des acronymes soient en anglais, il y a uns dans langues françaises et autres utilisées généralement dans le mouvement œcuménique. Le même acronyme peut avoir plus d’un signifier. Nous avons donné la préférence à l’utilisation canadienne dans cette liste. Si la définition fournie ici n’adapte pas le contexte de l’acronyme que vous cherchez, il sera probablement trouvé en recherchant Google.

Si vous voudriez suggérer un acronyme pour ajouter à notre liste, svp email le éditeur à editor@ecumenism.net.

A-Z

AACC
All African Conference of Churches
AAR
American Academy of Religion
ABS
American Bible Society
ACT
Action by Churches Together
AEC
Atlantic Ecumenical Council
AFFMIC
L’Association Française des Foyers Mixtes Interconfessionnels Chrétiens
AI
Amnesty International
AIDS
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
AIF
Association of Interchurch Families
ARM
Alliance réformée mondiale
ATLA
American Theological Library Association
APCE
Association of Presbyterian Church Educators
APEC
Asian Pacific Economic Council
ARCIC
Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission
AST
Atlantic School of Theology
ATS
Association of Theological Schools
BEM
Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry, WCC 1982
CAFOD
Catholic Fund for Overseas Development, Britain
CBS
Canadian Bible Society
CCBI
Council of Churches of Britain & Ireland
CCC
Canadian Council of Churches
CCCB
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
CCCJ
Canadian Council of Christians and Jews
CCJC
Church Council on Justice and Corrections, Canada
CCE
Canadian Centre for Ecumenism
CCFGM
Canadian Churches’ Forum for Global Ministries
CCO
Centre Canadien d’Œcuménisme
CCODP
Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace
CCT
Christian Churches Together in the U.S.A.
CCTE
Churches’ Council on Theological Education, Canada
CEC
Conference of European Churches
CELA
Canadian Environmental Law Association
CETA
Canadian Evangelical Theological Association
CJDT
Christian-Jewish Dialogue of Toronto
CJRE
Christian-Jewish Relation & Encounter, Sisters of Sion
CLAI
Consejo Latinoamericano de Iglesias
COCU
Consultation on Church Union, USA
COE
Conseil œcuméniques des églises
CPJ
Citizens for Public Justice, Canada
CTBI
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland
CTE
Churches Together in England
CTS
Canadian Theological Society
CTSA
Catholic Theological Society of America (& Canada)
CUIC
Churches Uniting In Christ (formerly COCU)
CWME
Commission on World Mission and Evangelism, WCC
CYTUN
Churches Together in Wales
Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms on Ecumenism, Vatican 1993
DOV
Decade to Overcome Violence
EAA
Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance
EAPPI
Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel
ECLOF
Ecumenical Church Loan Fund, WCC
ECUSA
Episcopal Church in the United States of America (now TEC)
ECT
Evangelicals & Catholics Together
EFC
Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
EICEA
Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education & Action
ELCA
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
ELCIC
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
ENI
Ecumenical News International
ENYA
Ecumenical Network for Youth Action
EUC
Église unie du Canada
EYCE
Ecumenical Youth Council in Europe
F&O
Faith and Order
FLM
Fédération luthérienne mondiale
FUACE
Fédération Universelle des Associations Chrétiennes d’Étudiants
GEII
Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute
HIV
Human Immunodeficiency Virus
IARCCUM
International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity and Mission
IBS
International Bible Society
ICCJ
International Council of Christians and Jews
ICCR
Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility
ICRC
International Committee of the Red Cross
ICUC
Inter-Church Uranium Committee Educational Co-operative
IFIN
Interchurch Families International Network
IFYAG
Interchurch Families Young Adults Group
IMF
International Monetary Fund
IMC
International Missionary Council (now CWME)
JDDJ
Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification
JES
Journal of Ecumenical Studies
JPIC
Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation
JWG
Joint Working Group
KAIROS
Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
KEK
Conférence des Eglises européennes
LARC
Lutheran-Anglican-Roman Catholic
LCWE
Lausanne Committee for World Evangelism
LEP
Local Ecumenical Partnership
LWF
Lutheran World Federation
LWR
Lutheran World Relief
MCC
Mennonite Central Committee
MECC
Middle East Council of Churches
MSF
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders
NAACP
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, USA
NAE
National Association of Evangelicals, USA
NAAE
North American Academy of Ecumenists
NAIN
North American Interfaith Network
NCC
National Council of Churches
NGO
Non-Governmental Organization
NFU
National Farmers’ Union
NIMMA
Northern Ireland Mixed Marriage Association
NPEC
Nutana Park Ecumenical Committee, Saskatoon
NRSV
New Revised Standard Version (of Bible)
NWCU
National Workshop on Christian Unity, USA
NWCJR
National Workshop on Christian-Jewish Relations, USA
OCA
Orthodox Church in America
ONG
Organisations nonnes gouvernemental
ONU
Organisation des Nations unie
PCC
Presbyterian Church in Canada
PCE
Prairie Centre for Ecumenism
PCPCU
Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Vatican
PCUSA
Presbyterian Church USA
PEC
Parish Ecumenical Contact
PLURA
Presbyterian, Lutheran, United, Roman Catholic, Anglican
PWRDF
Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
PWS&D
Presbyterian World Service and Development
RCC
Roman Catholic Church
REC
Reformed Ecumenical Council
ROJeP
Réseau œcuménique justice et paix, Québec
SACC
South African Council of Churches
SACCB
Southern African Conference of Catholic Bishops
SCM
Student Christian Movement
SBL
Society of Biblical Literature
SCOBA
Standing Commission of Orthodox Bishops in America
SEMF
Saskatoon Evangelical Ministers Fellowship
SEI
Summer Ecumenical Institute
SESIG
South East Saskatoon Interchurch Group
SICCC
Saskatoon Inner City Council of Churches
SIDIC
Service International de Documentation Judéo-Chrétienne/International Service of Jewish-Christian Documentation
SPCK
Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge, England
SPCU
Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity, Vatican (see PCPCU)
STU
Saskatoon Theological Union
TEC
The Episcopal Church (formerly the ECUSA)
TJT
Toronto Journal of Theology
TST
Toronto School of Theology
TWG
Theological Working Group
UBS
Universal Bible Society
UN
United Nations
UNCHR
United Nations Commission on Human Rights
UNESCO
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
UNHCR
United Nations High Commission for Refugees
UNHRC
United Nations Human Rights Council (formerly UNCHR)
UNICEF
United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund
USCCB
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
VST
Vancouver School of Theology
WARC
the former World Alliance of Reformed Churches, now see WCRC
WCC
World Council of Churches
WCRC
World Communion of Reformed Churches
WCRP
World Conference on Religion and Peace
WDECE
Western Diocesan and Eparchial Co-ordinators of Ecumenism
WEA
World Evangelical Alliance
WHO
World Health Organization
WICC
Women’s Interchurch Council of Canada
WSCF
World Student Christian Fellowship
WTO
World Trade Organization
YMCA
Young Men’s Christian Association
YWCA
Young Women’s Christian Association