Interfaith Relations

Interreligious Stance of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Approved by the 221st General Assembly

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) long has advocated positive relationships with people of other religious traditions. We have seen these relationships as a specific instance of Christ’s universal command to “… love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” and to “love your neighbor as yourself ” (Mt. 22:37, 39). We affirm that tradition. Read document

The Interfaith Relations Office

The Interfaith Relations Office seeks to support those in the church who are interested in, concerned about or engaged in building interfaith relationships. As Presbyterians learn about religious diversity, we reflect theologically on our relations with neighbors of other faiths. We also seek avenues for cooperation, or look for educational resources and practical models for bringing communities together. We hope you will find helpful information and resources on this we site.


Why get involved with people of other faiths?

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has offered guidance about relations with neighbors who are Muslims, Jews, Hindus or followers of other faiths in a variety of documents and from a number of perspectives. We have assembled most of these policy and study resources here in an introduction to the thinking of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on interfaith relations and related issues.

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.


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.

Contact

Charles Wiley
(800) 728-7228, x5734
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Resources

Interreligious Stance

For the first time the 221st General Assembly (2014) adopted an Interreligious Stance document for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as a statement of policy. While the document provides guidance to the national church, especially through the office on interfaith relations, in many ways its heart rests with those who work locally to develop and maintain relationships with people of other… Read more »
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