S.A.E., a secular and interconfessional association, is a continuation of the activity of dialogue and ecumenical formation which was promoted by Maria Vingiani in Venice in 1947 and has been continuing ever since. It has gone through various stages of development; privately in Rome in 1959
S.A.E. is organized democratically. Its board of directors (president, executive council, council of local groups) is elected by its members. Local groups share the aims and methods of the association and are autonomous with regard to the programming and the carrying out of their activities.
The Christian members of S.A.E, even though they belong to different churches and denominations, refer to the same Lord Jesus Christ, to the same faith and to the same Gospel as proclaimed and witnessed by the Apostles.
Locally: Prayer, biblical and theological study; meetings to encourage dialogue, comparison, witness and service to the common good; support, cooperation and advice in diocesan initiatives and also in the initiatives of other Christian communities and those of civil society in general.
S.A.E. is a body accredited/qualified by the Ministry of Public Instruction for the formation of the teaching staff (D.M. 177/2000 and D.M. 26/07/2007 Prot. n. 15325).