Resources of other organizations to which Presbyterians relate
A Call to Our Guiding Institutions, a Parliament of the World’s Religions document following its Toward a Global Ethic document. Download .
A Multitude of Blessings: A Christian Approach to Religious Diversity by McCormick seminary president Cynthia M. Campbell, with an online study guide. Looks at Christian theology itself to find ways to understand the enduring existence of other religions. ISBN #10-0664229565 and #13-978-0664229566.
A Shared Vision: Religious Liberty in the 21st Century, a resource on the separation of church and state from the National Council of Churches and Jewish organizations, among others. Download.
Berlin Declaration on Interreligious Dialogue, a short statement with general principles, adopted by Religions for Peace, Europe.
Changing the Present, Dreaming the Future: A Critical Moment in Interreligious Dialogue, edited by Hans Ucko, published by the World Council of Churches. Shares the highlights of a key 2005 WCC multifaith consultation, especially for experienced readers but also useful to others.
Confessing Christian Faith in a Pluralist Society, a statement prepared at the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research in Collegeville by a theologically varied group of Christians who asked where they agreed with one another and where they still had questions on which they did not agree, #74-292-98-002
Creating Interfaith Community, by Marston Speight, published by the United Methodist Church with a study guide. See a review and order information in NAINews.
Current Dialogue, periodic publication of the World Council of Churches interreligious office, available online.
- See Issue 50 (dated March 2008) for results of Vatican-WCC interfaith discussions on conversion
- See Issue 49 (dated July 2007) for articles highlighting interfaith cooperation
- See Issue 48 (dated December 2006) for highlights on Christian-Muslim relations
- See Issue 47 (dated June 2006) for material from the WCC Ninth Assembly and the report of the May 2006 consultation on conversion held in Vellore, India
- See Issue 46 (dated December 2005 but only recently issued) for presentations from a 2005 dialogue between western Christians and Iranian Muslims, one by network participant Peggy Thomas.
- See Issue 45 (July 2005) for material on the “Critical Moment in Interreligious Dialogue” conference at which the emphasis moved beyond talking together to also working together. Jay Rock was a participant in this event.
- See Issue 40 (December 2002) for “Taking stock of dialogue and revisiting the 1979 [dialogue] guidelines.”
Dialogue and Proclamation: Reflection . . . on Interreligious Dialogue and the Proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a foundational Catholic document
Diversity and Community, a short document created by Religions for Peace, U.S.A.
Ecumenical Considerations for Dialogue and Relations with People of Other Faiths, a World Council of Churches document based on thirty years' experience (ISBN #
Entering Into Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue, a brief set of guidelines prepared by the staff of the Massachusetts Council of Churches, helpfully specific and practical
Faith in the Neighborhood series by Lucinda Mosher, beginning with Belonging (ISBN #1-59627- 010-1) and Praying: the Rituals of Faith (ISBN #1-59627-016-1), written to provide interfaith education situated in local realities
Getting to Know Neighbors of Other Faiths: A Theological Rationale for Interfaith Relationships, a fold-over bulletin insert sized brochure from the National Council of Churches, color, available for downloading and printing
Grounds for Understanding: Ecumenical Resources for Responses to Religious Pluralism edited by S. Mark Heim, presents responses to the issue in various Christian traditions, from a 1994 NCC Faith and Order consultation (ISBN#0-8028-0593-0)
Guidelines for Interfaith Dialogue, summarizing the original set of guidelines from the World Council of Churches. Order the brochure at PC(USA)-produced brochure at PDS #74-292-02-005.
InterActive Faith: The Essential Interreligious Community-Building Handbook edited by Bud Heckman, with Rori Picker Neiss and other contributors. ISBN #13-978-1-59473-237-9 and ISBN #10-1-59473-237-X. Begun under the auspices of Religions for Peace, U.S.A., this book provides practical ideas. See the book's web pages for online resources. Listen to an interview ("Them and Us") with Bud Heckman on the FaithStreams Book Club.
Interfaith Dialogue, article by Wesley Ariarajah in The Ecumenical Dictionary
Interfaith Dialogue: A Catholic View by Michael L. Fitzgerald and John Borelli, ISBN # 1-57075-652-X. Looks at developments in interreligious dialogue within the Catholic Church, excluding Christian-Jewish relations and with special strength in Christian-Muslim relations; written by two knowledgeable, caring men who have been central to carrying out relationships at the Vatican and in the U.S.
Interfaith Dialogue at the Grassroots edited by Rebecca Kratz Mays. A book version of the eleven articles in the Journal of Ecumenical Studies issue 43:2, deals with interactions among the three Abrahamic religions.
Interfaith Relations and the Churches, a policy statement of the National Council of Churches of Christ, articulates an understanding of building relations with neighbors of other faiths as a dimension of Christian discipleship. Background resources, including a study guide, are available.
Living Faithfully in the United States Today, a resource from the Institute for Ecumenical and Culture Research in Collegeville, in cooperation with the National Council of Churches and the National Conference of Catholic Bishops
Mending the World, a report within the United Church of Canada that distills its discussion about ecumenism and interfaith relations
Mission and Evangelism: An Ecumenical Affirmation, a World Council of Churches statement commended to Presbyterians by the General Assembly in 1983 which contains significant material on relating to people of other faiths, included in Statements on Mission by the World Council of Churches, 1980-2005. Download.
Nostra Aetate: . . . the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, the 1965 Catholic declaration
Religious Diversity and Interfaith Relations in a Global Age, paper read by Wesley Ariarajah a 2003 international conference a the Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture at Chiang Mai University, Thailand. Looks at globalization and religious exclusivities.
Religious Plurality and Christian Self-Understanding, a paper growing out of a World Council of Churches study process and made available for discussion and debate, though not yet representing an agreed WCC viewpoint.
Resources in the Reformed Tradition for Responding to Religious Plurality by Jay T. Rock, a chapter in Mark Heim, Grounds for Understanding: Ecumenical Resources for Responses to Religious Pluralism. Prepared by the National Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission in cooperation with the NCC Interfaith Relations Commission, with other chapters on a variety of other Christian traditions as they approach religious plurality. ISBN #10-0802805930 and ISBN #13-978-0802805935.
Three Faiths, One God: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, PBS video looking at beliefs and practices that are shared and that are distinctive. Can be purchased with public performance rights from the National Council of Churches.
Towards a Global Ethic: An Initial Declaration, a statement from the Parliament of the World’s Religions
National Council of Churches interreligious resources, including Christians and the Holocaust, Concerning Means and Ends: the Writings of Byron Lee Haines (from the pen of a now-deceased Presbyterian pioneer in Christian-Muslim relations), bibliographies, and videos
Interfaith Relations Newsletter, National Council of Churches, August 2006 (edited by Shanta Premawardhana speaking in the first person)
World Council of Churches interreligious publications, including ecumenical guidelines for dialogue and specific ecumenical guidelines for dialogue with Jews and with Muslims