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Interreligious Relations
It is the practice of the Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships to engage in dialogue with other faith traditions as part of a Christian fellowship. We do not engage in bilateral dialogues as an individual denomination. When building understanding and trust with other faith traditions it is much more effective to join with other Christians. To draw the table larger is to build better understanding.

OCUIR has addressed interreligious relationships by affiliations with the NCCCUSA's Interfaith Relations Commission, Religions for Peace, as well as several Muslim and Jewish organizations. OCUIR has developed print and electronic educational and resource materials to be used by local congregations and regional groups for interfaith encounters.

Christian and Jewish Leaders Achieve Breakthrough, Resuming Dialogue and Engagement
The heads of Jewish and Christian organizations and denominations met in an unprecedented summit in New York City today to discuss strategies to strengthen and maintain relationships even in the face of significant disagreements. The gathering to discuss relationships and how we treat each other was the first to bring together these groups since a letter was sent on October 5, 2012 by Christian groups calling on Congress to investigate Israel’s use of U.S. military aid.
 
Seeking Justice at the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches
Peace PlenaryThe assembly engaged in deep reflection on one of the stated themes of the gathering—justice. In the day’s thematic plenary, we were challenged and inspired to engage in God’s work of justice in the world. We heard about greed and poverty, war, HIV/AIDS, and human rights and we were reminded that the God of life calls us to sharing in God’s justice. Malaysian journalist and Geneva-based South Center executive director told us “do not give charity but tackle the sinful structures that give rise to poverty.” South African pastor and activist Phumzile Mabizela called us to action, stating that our prayers must accompany our work for justice. She said “prayer on its own will not bring us justice"

 

 
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