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As the observance of Ramadan begins, New York, August 11, 2010 -- The National Council of Churches of Christ
in the USA, its Interfaith Relations Commission and the Christian
participants in the National Muslim-Christian initiative, have issued the
New York, August 11, 2010 -- The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, its Interfaith Relations Commission and the Christian participants in the National Muslim-Christian initiative, have issued the following statement:
Muslim neighbors begin their observance of Ramadan with fasting,
re-dedicating themselves to God and God's service, we as Christians are
troubled by fellow Christians in the
calls us to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:39). It is this
commandment, more than the simple bonds of our common humanity, which is the
basis for our relationship with Muslims around the world.
Grounded in this commitment,
we question the anti-Muslim tenor of actions and speech regarding the
building of Cordoba House and mosque near the site of the former
We also decry the
anti-Muslim actions and plans of many church leaders and members, such as
those of the
The National Muslim-Christian Initiative brings together 14 religious bodies from various streams of Muslim and Christian communities, who seek to enhance mutual understanding, respect, appreciation and support of what is Sacred for each other through dialogue, education and sustained visible encounters that foster and nurture relationships.
Since its founding in 1950, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA has been the leading force for ecumenical cooperation among Christians in the United States. The NCC's 36 member faith groups -- from a wide spectrum of Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic African American and Living Peace churches -- include 45 million persons in more than 100,000 local congregations in communities across the nation.
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