NCC Interfaith Commission to look again at mission in 2008 consultation
The NCC Interfaith Relations Commission has declared its intention to convene a 2008 consultation to re-think a theology of mission. It has connected this to thinking around the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, commemorated on May 11-13, 2007. Jamestown is seen by many as the starting point for the denigration and loss suffered by both Native Americans and African-American slaves. Shanta Premarwardhana's blog of May 4 recounts history and identifies a papal bull that "essentially declared war against all non-Christians throughout the world," specifically sanctioning "conquest, colonization, and exploitation of non-Christian nations and their territories." The question must be asked, How does this fit our view of Christian mission? How do we view the future in light of our past?
"Building an Interfaith Community" available yearly at Bossey Institute
The Bossey Institute is now offering yearly a month-long program on "Building an Interfaith Community." The 2007 program was held in July, open to young adults 25-35 years of age. It gathered about 30 Christians, Jews, and Muslims from around the world for formal lectures, group visits to places of worship, workshops, group discussions, common living, recreation, and meditation. The posted question for them was, "How can we affirm our identity as Muslims, Jews and Christians not in separation or against each other but in relation to one another?" A significant report on the event brings promise for good things to come, especially because the encounter is not only of different faiths but of different lived experiences around the world. After one presentation, a Muslim Kenyan spoke about fear of being proselytized while a Christian Pakistani asked how dialogue can happen when "partners are not equal in any sense." The young adults were surprised by their common experience of finding that their religious institutions are so enmeshed with tradition that they cannot meet today's experience. The news story on the the program describes Nicole Wood, an American Methodist, as one of the participants.
- NCC Interfaith Relations Commission, September 20-22, 2007, Detroit, Michigan
- International Day of Prayer for Peace, September 21, 2007
- Encuentro Interreligioso Mundial del Forum Monterrey 2007, planned by the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions, September 21-24, 2007, Monterrey, Mexico
- Interfaith Youth Work leader conference: "Crossing the Faith Line," Interfaith Youth Core 5th National Conference, October 28-30, 2007
- NAINConnect, July 25-29, 2008, San Francisco, California
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