Bishop Ely has appointed the Rev. Dr. Fred Moser as Episcopal Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officer (EDEIO) for the Episcopal Church in Vermont. EDEIO is the national network of those designated by their diocesan bishops with special responsibility for encouraging the search for the wider visible unity of Christ’s Church and collegial relationships with members of other religions.
Moser brings significant experience in ecumenical and interreligious relations to this position. He served in a similar capacity as Ecumenical and Interreligious Officer for the Diocese of Massachusetts until 2015, when he moved to Vermont to become rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Shelburne. In the Diocese of Massachusetts Fred served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Council of Churches, and represented the diocese in a wide range of ecumenical and interreligious contexts — local, regional, and national –- including the National Workshop on Christian Unity and the Annual Meeting of Episcopal Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers. In Massachusetts Fred also served as rector of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Wayland, where he convened the Wayland Interfaith Clergy Association, a vibrant consortium of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Unitarian Universalist leaders with which Fred developed an internship in interreligious leadership with Harvard Divinity School. Prior to serving in Massachusetts, Fred was chaplain of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, served parishes in Connecticut and New Jersey, taught religion at Trinity School in New York City, and was an associate campus minister at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.