Learn about Interfaith Relations
The Interfaith Relations Office is a part of the Theology, Worship and Education ministry area of the PC(USA) and works in close connection with other offices and ministries of the whole church.
The office seeks to encourage the participation of Presbyterians in interfaith activities locally, nationally and internationally and to support educational initiatives to enable well-grounded engagement in interfaith conversations, community building efforts and cooperation for social justice.
We aim to help Presbyterians become better able to articulate their faith in everyday relationships with neighbors of other faiths and to develop the theological grounding we all need to engage with confidence and clarity in interfaith work.
Associate for Interfaith: Christine Hong
Christine J. Hong is the interfaith associate in the office of Theology and Worship. In her role, Hong works with Presbyterian congregations toward building deeper relationships with their multifaith neighbors.
“I’m excited about the educational aspect of this position,” says Hong. “In our current climate of violence, fear, misrepresentation, and misunderstanding, it becomes critical for us to equip congregations to cultivate relationships with their neighbors of different traditions and religions. Making connections and developing community among people who sit in churches, mosques, and synagogues is the only way to get authentic interfaith engagement throughout the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).”
Born in Los Angeles and raised in Seattle, Hong earned degrees in communications and English literature from the University of Washington, and master’s degrees in divinity and theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. In May 2013 she will graduate from California’s Claremont School of Theology with a Ph.D. in practical theology, with a focus on religious education and spiritual formation.
At Claremont, Hong was at the forefront of groundbreaking interfaith consortium work. She helped organized the Center for Global Peacebuilding’s first national conference, which brought together top North American Muslim scholars and practitioners to share peace-building proposals and practical approaches to conflict resolution.
A second-generation Korean American, Hong says she has learned that integral to building interfaith relationships is working toward acknowledgment and reconciliation. “It’s about acknowledging how we have broken and been broken—working toward reconciliation simultaneously in both intrafaith and interfaith work.”
Connect with Interfaith
Interfaith and Ecumenical Relations Network
The Interfaith Relations Network is for Presbyterians interested and/or engaged in interfaith relations who want to know about what Presbyterians are doing in this area of work. The network is for all those interested in interfaith relationships but is especially oriented to Presbyterians working with their presbyteries, synods or congregations to build relationships and foster education related to interfaith issues and concerns.
We are working on creating new ways to help you be in more regular contact with other Presbyterians about events, activities, ideas and new resources.
Join the network
If you are interested in joining the Interfaith Relations Network, please email us and provide the following information.
- Phone (home, office, cell)
- Address, City, State, Zip, Country
- Presbytery and/or congregation
- Why are you interested in this network?
- Questions or comments
We also invite you to subscribe to Faithful Dialogue, the Interfaith Relations email newsletter, to receive monthly updates on activities and resources.