I just don't like being part of it. A few reasons.
|A Methodist and Muslim light a unity candle at a Chicago Thanksgiving Service 2010|
|Relgious people light candles in an Indianapolis Catholic Church|
Third, and this happens less frequently, when a Catholic pastor/bishop (or "the people of God" in a parish) decides not to have Mass in lieu of a community ecumenical service, that makes a lie out of the primacy and supremacy of Mass. We don't go to Mass to share fellowship and speak of our gratitudes. We go to encounter Christ, thankful in spirit that he has redeemed our sinful mortal souls and, if in a state of grace, we take receive Communion. Big difference. Or if there is no difference, it just shows how far we need to go to get us back in line.
As a good start, Pope Benedict's visit to Assisi was not an ecumenical prayer service. Rather it was a day for religious leaders to speak to one another about peace.
|Religious leaders at the Pope's 2011 Assisi Conference|