Ecumenical & Interfaith

German Protestant Kirchentag opens to call for renewal of global order

Former United States president Barack Obama joined German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin in front of tens of thousands of people on 25 May, the first full day of Germany’s biggest Protestant gathering, the Kirchentag, or church festival.’

Office of Interfaith Relations continues monthly Facebook Live broadcasts on May 18

The May 18 conversation will be the fourth live broadcast in the interfaith office’s new, monthly series, “Third Thursdays — Multifaith Conversations on Concerns of Our Time.” The format is interactive, with brief presentations by the speakers, time for them to engage one another with questions, and the opportunity for participants to post questions of their own.

Facebook Live video featuring Rick Ufford-Chase and leaders of the Ramapough Lunaape Nation now available

On Thursday, April 20, at noon EDT on the PC(USA)’s Facebook page, as part of its “Third Thursdays” series, ruling elder Rick Ufford-Chase, the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s associate for interfaith formation and co-director of the PC(USA)’s Stony Point Center, welcomed as his dialogue partners Chief Dwaine Perry and Two Clouds, both of the Ramapough Lunaape Nation, which is located about thirty miles northwest of New York City in the Ramapough Mountains.

Carrying the cross without fear

The brutal attacks on two churches in Alexandria and Tanta on Palm Sunday with more than 40 victims are not the first attacks on Christians in Egypt. In January, the so-called Islamic State declared threat on Coptic Christians and killed eight. In December 2016, a blast at the Cathedral in Cairo killed 30 people.

First Arab woman ordained as Presbyterian Minister of Word and Sacrament

Though we often hear only the dark and disturbing stories coming out of the Middle East, on February 26 there was an historic moment of celebration. The Presbyterian Church in Tripoli and the National Evangelical (Presbyterian) Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL) ordained the Rev. Rola Sleiman as the first Arab woman to serve as a Minister of Word and Sacrament.

PC(USA) partners respond to Palm Sunday terror attacks in Egypt

Two Orthodox Coptic churches were the subject of suicide bombings on Palm Sunday, April 9, killing 44 and wounding 126. The first attack occurred at St. George’s church in Tanta, about 50 miles north of Cairo. The second occurred at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria, on the Mediterranean coast.

Facebook Live video featuring Rick Ufford-Chase now available

In its commitment to provide a variety of opportunities and platforms designed to build and foster relationships with people of other religious traditions, the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s office of Interfaith Relations is continuing its new Facebook Live series, “Third Thursdays — Multifaith Conversations on Concerns of Our Time.”

Presbyterians stand with Jewish community after cemetery vandalism, threats

Vandalism in two Jewish cemeteries in recent weeks has not only caused concern in the Jewish community, but also among interfaith partners working to confront religious-based violence. Members of the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy in St. Louis and the Presbytery of Philadelphia have come alongside Jewish partners to offer support.