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New York, June 23, 2011-- The National Council of Churches Interfaith Relations Commission plans to recognize congregations that engage with communities of other faiths.
The NCC's Interfaith Engaged Congregational Initiative is receiving nominations for congregations that "have something important to share about interfaith engagement."
A congregation recognized for its engagement in interfaith relations will in turn serve as a model for other congregations seeking to enhance their interfaith relations.
"This recognition advances congregational mission and health by empowering congregations to share their story with denominational partners, local media, and potential funders," the commission states in its brochure.
The initiative is also aimed at "encouraging creative interfaith engagement through inclusion of interfaith content in curricula, preaching, theology, vision and mission, and budget; and equipping leaders to affirm and celebrate all who have contributed to the recognition and providing an impetus for more people get get involved."
To receive this recognition, a congregation must:
► Be affiliated with a member communion of the NCC, or with a community that participates in one or more of the NCC's commissions;
► By September 1, complete the nomination form and a two-page essay;
► Submit at least three letters of support, one from the congregation's regional or national church structure, and at least two from recognized leaders of other faith communities;
► Agree to be listed as a mentoring congregation for three years, and be available to provide advice about nurturing interfaith relations in a congregational setting.
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