Interreligious Relations and Collaboration

"As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world" (John 17:18). As disciples, we seek to testify to the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord, to embody that love in the world, and to respond to the leading of God’s Holy Spirit. We seek God’s grace in our common effort to understand ever more fully how to live as the body of Christ in this religiously plural and culturally diverse time and place.

Events in the United States and across the world have made us more aware of the significance of the world’s religions and their influence on politics, economics, and cultures. At home and abroad, the work of building Christian unity and our efforts for peace and human development are increasingly intertwined with theological questions regarding our relationships with those in other religious traditions.

The Interreligious Relations and Collaboration work of the Council exercises special responsibility within the life of the Council for programs, resources and communication integral to the building and maintenance of interfaith relationships, and to theological reflection of these relationships.

The NCC works with and on behalf of the churches to strengthen relationships between Christians and people of other faiths through study, dialogue, the development of cooperative programs and the sharing of resources and information. It provides an ecumenical forum for sharing, common counsel and theological reflection regarding interfaith relations, and coordinates its work with other entities of the Council as appropriate.

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