The World Communion of Reformed Churches has announced that it will receive the new denomination ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians as part of its international communion of Reformed Christians.
ECO issued a news release May 31 announcing the development and stating that its leaders hope to meet within a few months with a delegation from the World Communion in order to be formally received into the communion.
The World Communion states on its website that it is a network of 230 Protestant church denominations in 108 countries, working to “foster church unity and promote economic, social and environmental justice.” Other members from the United States include the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, the United Church of Christ, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, the Reformed Church in America and the Christian Reformed Church in North America.
According to the ECO news release, Setri Nyomi, the general secretary of the World Communion, said in a written communication that “we welcome the member congregations of ECO as being part of the Reformed family of churches” and desire their active participation in the communion. “We seek with you ‘The Fellowship of the Spirit in the bonds of peace,’” Nyomi wrote, a reference to the 4th chapter of Ephesians.