An essential part to understanding the Middle East is the complex pattern of relationships between persons of different religions. In many cases neighbors of different faiths have lived alongside one another in peace for centuries. In others, religious identity becomes an occasion for hate and violence. The resources listed here can be helpful in understanding interfaith relationships in the Middle East and in the U.S. context.
This kit contains a variety of resources to help as you engage with neighbors of faiths other than your own, or prepare to do so. It contains “how to do it” sorts of pieces, examples of what others have done as well as more reflective materials on interfaith relationship as an integral part of being faithful followers of Jesus Christ.
National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East
The unique contribution of the National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East (NILI) is its ability to unite high level national religious leaders, representing a broad range of Jewish, Christian and Muslim national organizations, in support of a common, substantive message for peace.
NILI’s focus is on building support for strong U.S. leadership for a two-state solution to the conflict that brings security and recognition to Israel and establishes a viable and independent state for the Palestinians—two states living side by side in peace and security—with peace agreements between Israel and all her Arab neighbors.