|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.
|Kathy Jones, director of Connectional Ministries for the |
South Carolina Annual Conference, discusses the power
of ecumenical relationships in addressing education issuesin her state.
(Albuquerque, N.M.) – South Carolina United Methodists are in the home
stretch of their One Million Book Effort. By June 3, 2014, they hope
to reach their goal of collecting one million books to distribute
through schools and libraries to children in low-income areas.
see a direct connection between illiteracy and poverty in our state,”
said Kathy Jones, director of Connectional Ministries for the South
Carolina Annual Conference. She described the book effort and the
challenges of poverty to participants at a United Methodist Ecumenical
and Interreligious Training (UMEIT) event in Albuquerque, April 28,
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.
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"