Creating Interfaith Community study is designed to help United Methodists
in the United States learn the theological and contemporary issues involved in
creating interfaith community and its implications for global mission.
study will assist participants to:
- Prepare for dialogue with
- See all human beings as worthy in the sight of God
the basic tenants of what they believe
- Recognize borders and to
prepare to cross them (this includes agreement to disagree).
looks at an interfaith world from the perspective of the Christian faith by considering:
do you say that I am?" (a question Jesus asked his followers)
Wesley Quadrilateral (scripture, tradition, reason, and experience) as
a lens for study
- Existing church statements such as the General
Board of Global Ministries "Partnership in Mission"
- The ways
in which our understandings of the gospel shape how we approach human rights
it means to live with our neighbors because of what the gospel calls us
The study will help participants learn how people of different
faiths build community work together for the good of all. The challenge of mission
and ministry require new approaches in a religiously plural world.
will learn to work toward Shalom/Salaam locally and globally by:
some specific positive examples
- Separating extremist behavior
in all religious traditions from basics of religious faith
personal plans for thinking and behaving in an interfaith world