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Interfaith Relations Resources and Links
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Christian-Jewish Relations Site
Faith Communities Today
(Cooperative Congregational Studies Project)
'Passion of the Christ' Reflection Guide and Study
Presbyterian Interfaith Listening Pilot Project 2002
A Word About Funding...
The work of the NCC Office for Interfaith Relations is
funded primarily by gifts from NCC member churches specifically designated for interfaith
relations. Some support also comes from grants allocated to specific projects.
Increasingly we are looking for generous individuals to help us provide resources and
develop new programs. Contact Shanta Premawardhana if you can help, and/or for more information.
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Christians and Neighbors Of
in the U.S.A
does it mean to be a Christian in an increasingly pluralistic and multi-ethnic nation?
The NCC Office for Interfaith Relations provides resources for Christians to
explore the challenges and opportunities of living among people of other faiths.
are available to consult with local groups, congregations, denominational bodies and
community organizations on your interfaith relations concerns. Expenses and a small
honorarium are requested but not required. Both staff and Commission members can:
- lead a workshop or speak to an educational gathering;
- teach a course or educational series;
- help you design an educational event, or get a dialogue underway;
- help you respond to difficult interreligious situations;
- assist you in planning a new interfaith effort;
- aid in shaping a vision for your interreligious organization, and in other
aspects of its development.
Adult Education Training Programs for
Communions, Congregations and Interfaith Groups:
Three Faiths, One God: Judaism, Christianity, Islam thoughtfully
examines the religious beliefs and practices
shared by Jews, Christians and
Muslims to illustrate how many individuals in the Abrahamic faith
communities are dealing with historical conflicts yet remain dedicated to
facilitating understanding and respect. Three Faiths, One God
captures a broad range of voices and ideas of ordinary people and respected
scholars in the interfaith field. The program contrasts the religious
practices of the three faiths, including the rituals of fasting and
Jews and Christians: A Journey of Faith is a
into the intertwined history of Jews and Christians. Produced by Auteur
Productions, and based on the book by Marvin Wilson, Our Father Abraham:
Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith, this video offers helpful insight
into how Christianity and Judaism have defined themselves and developed in
close sibling relationship. It shows the similarities and differences in
liturgical practice, piety and theology that have been so often
misunderstood in the long relationship between Christians and Jews, and
includes footage of today's hopeful Christian-Jewish dialogues. A guide with
additional written material is also available. For more information go to
Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet tells the story of the seventh
prophet who changed world history in 23 years, and continues to shape the
lives of more than 1.2 billion people. The film takes viewers not only to
ancient Middle Eastern sites where Muhammad’s story unfolds, but into the
homes, mosques and workplaces of some of America’s estimated seven million
Muslims to discover the many ways in which they follow Muhammad’s example. A
KQED presentation and produced by Kikim Media and unity Productions
Foundation it is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Copies of these outstanding educational resources with accompanying study
guides can be ordered by writing to Sarosh Koshy at the Office of
Interfaith Relations, email:
Forgiveness and Reconciliation
Panel discussions at the “World’s
Religions after 9/11 Conference” held in Montreal, Canada, from
September 12-15, 2006
The NCCCUSA Interfaith Relations
Commission organized two panels entitled “Forgiveness and
Reconciliation” at the World’s Religions after 9/11 conference. The
first panel was an evaluation of the Christian understanding of the
theme through the faith perspectives of individual communions and
traditions. The second panel was organized around the appreciation of
the theme by the other major religions of the world.
presentations can be accessed by clicking the names of the panelists.
“Forgiveness and Reconciliation:
Perspectives from Various Christian Traditions”
Rev. Lyndon Harris (Chair) -- Episcopal
Rev. Lydia Veliko – United Church of Christ
Rev. Dr. Tom Ryan – Roman Catholic
Rev. Dr. Michael Ellis – African Methodist Episcopal Zion
Rev. Dr. Tony Richie – Pentecostal
“Forgiveness and Reconciliation:
Perspectives from Various Religious Traditions”
Prof. Jane Smith (Chair) –
Rabbi Dr. Daniel Brenner – Jewish
Dr. Thillayvel Naidoo – Hindu
Dr. Muhammad Shafiq – Muslim
Dr. Manohar Singh Grewal – Sikh
Engagement with Religious Pluralism
At the American Academy of Religion meetings in
November 2005 in Philadelphia, and in November 2006 in Washington DC,
the Interfaith Relations Commission sponsored two Special Topics Forums.
Some of the papers that were presented at those events are linked here.
We are also encouraging web-based dialogue on these papers. Access to
that dialogue requires authorization. Please write an email requesting
2005 AAR Special Topics Forum
Theme: Christian Theology's Engagement with Religious Pluralism
In this forum, scholars of religion and theology discuss Christian
theological thinking and the challenge of religious pluralism. What does
it mean for Christian theology to take seriously the engagement of
Christians with the world of religious pluralism? Does religious
pluralism create a new global and local context for theological
thinking? How will an engagement with religious pluralism impact
theological education in the years ahead?
Chair: Barbara Brown Zikmund, Catholic University of America
Diana Eck, Harvard University
Paul Rajashekar, Lutheran Theological Seminary at
Damayanthi Niles, Eden Theological Seminary
Tony Richie, Society of Pentecostal Studies
Francis Tiso, US Conference of Catholic Bishops
2006 AAR Special Topics Forum
Theme: Christian Theology's Engagement
with Religious Pluralism: Biblical Texts and Themes.
In this forum, scholars of religion and
theology discuss the challenges religious pluralism poses to Christian
theological thinking with a specific focus on difficult biblical texts
and themes. How have traditional biblical
ideas such as the dualisms between light and darkness, the divine and
the demonic, heaven and hell and the exclusive claims regarding Jesus
Christ shaped Christian thinking about religions?
How are Christians in the 21st century
wrestling with these biblical texts and motifs in their efforts to
articulate a theology of religions today?
Chair: Shanta Premawardhana,
National Council of Churches USA
Amos Yong, Regent University: “'The Light Shines
in the Darkness': Johannine Dualism and the Challenge of Christian
Theology of Religions Today."
Gerald McDermott, Roanoke College: "Gods,
Principalities and Powers in the Bible: Implications for Christian
Theology of the Religions."
Marjorie Suchocki, Claremont School of
Theology (Professor Emerita): “Transforming Heaven and Hell.”
Francis X Clooney, Harvard University:
"John 6: 68-69: How My Study of Hinduism
Illumines, Contests, and Intensifies Peter's Confession."
Kenneth Cracknell, Brite Divinity School
Wesley Ariarajah, Drew University