Subject: Interfaith Dialogue with a Focus on Peace

Dialogue between the world's great religions?  We're working on it.
Tony Kireopoulos, Associate Secretary of the National Council of Churches, joins with faith leaders in one of our newest dialogues.  These new two dialogues are in partnership with The Guibord Center.
This year, the National Council of Churches began two new national dialogues.

Akin to our ecumenical work, interreligious dialogue has been one of the hallmark programs of the National Council of Churches for decades. In July, we initiated a national Hindu-Christian Dialogue and a national Buddhist-Christian Dialogue. These new dialogues join the national Jewish-Christian Dialogue and national Muslim-Christian Dialogue that have long been a part of the NCC’s work in interreligious relations and collaboration. And, planning has begun to initiate a new national Sikh-Christian Dialogue in 2019.

In this age of divided politics and frayed relationships, these dialogues break new ground and serve as a model for bringing people together.

"The dialogues have contributed to and helped other regional dialogues to occur and have created a model for cooperation and understanding." 
        -Rev. Peter Baktis, Orthodox Church in America

"Having a relationship with others is huge in breaking down barriers and misconceptions. A personal relationship makes all the difference."
        -Maryl F. Walters, Christian Science

The National Council of Churches is there.

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.

It is these kinds of relationships -- those that span borders and overcome animosities -- that the ecumenical movement worldwide brings to the table.  In this age of division and mistrust, we are serving with the Spirit of Christ, putting the words, "Blessed are the peacemakers..." to work.

About the National Council of Churches

Since 1950, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) has served as a leading voice of witness to the living Christ. NCC is a diverse covenant community of 38 member communions and over 35 million individuals –100,000 congregations from Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic African-American, and Living Peace traditions – in a common commitment to advocate and represent God’s love and promise of unity in our public square. NCC works with secular and interfaith partners to advance a shared agenda of peace, progress, and positive change.

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