|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.
Typhoon Haiyan, possibly the strongest storm ever to make landfall,
battered parts of the Philippines on Friday, November 8. With sustained
winds of 195 mph, the category 5 storm cut a swath of devastation across
the northern tip of Cebu and tore through the three large island
provinces of Samar, Leyte and Bohol. UMCOR is working with partners in
the Philippines to monitor the situation and will work to provide
assistance immediately following the typhoon. Click here to make a donation to support emergency response efforts.
The 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"