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General References


Holidays / holy days of various religious communities

Pluralism data
The extensive web site of the Pluralism Project offers data on the religious diversity of the United States:

  • For interfaith links sorted by religious tradition, click here.
  • For religious centers of particular traditions sorted by geographic locale, click here.
  • For names and addresses of interfaith centers in the U.S., click here.
  • For regularly changing links to news compiled at the Pluralism Project, click here.

Religious mapping of the United States

  • For maps of the broad religious demographics in the U.S., showing the people of a particular religious affiliation as a percentage of all residents in a given area (Jews, Muslims, Mormons, various Christian denominations included), click here.
  • For a searchable national directory of faith groups working on justice and the common good, click here
 

A Jewish perspective on interreligious relations

  • EngagingAmerica.org is a new web site with a wide variety of materials intended to promote interreligious and interethnic engagement, presented from a Jewish perspective.

Religious Diversity News

New Resources Now Available

Letty Russell, an early woman ordained by the United Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and a pioneering feminist theologian who died on July 12 at age 77, was co-editor of a 2006 book, Hagar, Sarah and Their Children: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Perspectives together with Phyllis Trible. Chapter authors come from the three traditions. ISBN #13-978-0-664-22982-5 and ISBN #10-0-664-22982-4.

A Multitude of Blessings: A Christian Approach to Religious Diversity, by Cynthia M. Campbell, with an online study guide. Looks at Christian theology itself to find ways to understand the enduring existence of other religions. Was the subject of a Ghost Ranch January term course and is reviewed both in the January / February 2007 Horizons magazine and by Voices of Orthodox Women. ISBN #10-0664229565 and #13-978-0664229566.

Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel. The memoir of a young "social entrepreneur," an activist who offers hope in interfaith cooperation as he learns to be Muslim, American, and Indian. From the founder of the Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core. ISBN #978-080707726-9.

Christian Mission Impossible? The Global Role of U.S. Denominations, by Philip Wickeri. # TC0056 in The Thoughtful Christian, for download. A study that looks at the crisis in global mission within mainline U.S. churches today that includes a look at the church that missionaries contribute to the "clash of civilizations" between global religious communities.

Noah's Other Son: Briding the Gap Between the Bible and the Qur'an by Brian Arthur Brown. Examines 25 major figures found in both the Qur'an and the Bible to understand the similarities in the texts' underpinnings, for the Muslim, Jew, and Christian. ISBN #0-8294-2797-9 and ISBS #13-9-78-0-8264-2797-7.

Religions, Power & Violence, produced by the World Council of Churches in cooperation with consultants. 13-minute video and discussion guide. Can be ordered as a DVD or viewed online.

The Amazing Faith of Texas: Common Ground on Higher Ground by Roy Spence, ISBN #10- 0972282521 and 13- 978-0972282529. In photography and text, examines varying houses of worship and the stories about Texans' faith. A Dialogue Kit and Discussion Guide, downloadable from the web without charge, utilizes "cards" with illustrations and questions that can be used for interfaith sharing and discussion.

Evangelical Charles Colson and Pluralism Project's Diana Eck discuss "The Problem with Tolerance" in a March 2007 On Faith transcription.

Peacemakers in Action: Profiles of Religion in Conflict Resolution edited by David Little and Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding. Profiles16 persons who use religion as a motivating force in conflicts around the globe, identifying their successful methods. ISBN #13: 9780521618946.

Presbyterian Resources

Ecu-Dialogue, the twice-yearly newsletter produced in the Worldwide Ministries Division with articles and information about ecumenical and interfaith relations

Brief brochures and resources

Other resources: practical

Building Community Among Strangers, adopted by the 211th General Assembly (1999) and available, with a study guide, PDS #OGA-99-028 

Interfaith Marriage, by Jay Rock, an downloadable curriculum item from the Thoughtful Christian, #TC0154

Interfaith Marriage: A Resource for Presbyterian Christians, an older resource that is still available, PDS #243-92-010

Learning to Dialog, a 1992 Church & Society issue still useful for articles about the public language spoken between religions and about African-American Christian-Muslim dialogue, PDS #258-92-605

Respectful Presence: an Understanding of Interfaith Prayer and Celebration from a Reformed Christian Perspective, adopted by the 209th General Assembly (1997) and available with a study guide or as a stand-alone document

Other resources: theological

A Declaration of Faith, a study and liturgical resource originally prepared in the Presbyterian Church U.S. in a way that reflects upon Christian relationships with others, especially Jews. Download. PDF file requires use of Adobe Reader

A Study of Universalism, adopted by the 112th General Assembly (1972) of the Presbyterian Church, U.S. as a study concerning both the universal and the limiting strands of biblical and theological understandings . Published in “Selected Theological Statements of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.,” PDS #70-420-98-010 or available for download.PDF file requires use of Adobe Reader

The Crucified One Is Lord: Confessing the Uniqueness of Christ in a Pluralist Society, Theology and Worship Church Issues Series #4, PDS# 70-420-00-014 or online

Hope in the Lord Jesus Christ, a paper prepared by the office of Theology and Worship in response to a request of the 213th General Assembly (2001) for help in understanding the Lordship of Jesus Christ. In English, with a study guide, PDS #70-420-02-004 or the paper only, online; in Spanish online; in Korean, to order or in pdf format

Turn to the Living God, adopted by the 203rd General Assembly (1991) as policy for evangelism, including a section on people of other faiths, available in English to download PDF file requires use of Adobe Reader and in Spanish, PDS #OGA03052

The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ in a Pluralist World by Christine Goodman Callison, PDS #74-310-01-600


Resources of other organizations to which Presbyterians relate

A Call to Our Guiding Institutions, a Parliament of the World’s Religions document following its Toward a Global Ethic document. Download .PDF file requires use of Adobe Reader

A Shared Vision: Religious Liberty in the 21st Century, a resource on the separation of church and state from the National Council of Churches and Jewish organizations, among others. Download.PDF file requires use of Adobe Reader

Changing the Present, Dreaming the Future: A Critical Moment in Interreligious Dialogue, edited by Hans Ucko, published by the World Council of Churches. Shares the highlights of a key 2005 WCC multifaith consultation, especially for experienced readers but also useful to others. ISBN 2-8254-1490-5.

Confessing Christian Faith in a Pluralist Society, a statement prepared at the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research in Collegeville by a theologically varied group of Christians who asked where they agreed with one another and where they still had questions on which they did not agree, PDS #74-292-98-002

Creating Interfaith Community, by Marston Speight, published by the United Methodist Church with a study guide. See a review and order information in NAINews.

Current Dialogue, periodic publication of the World Council of Churches interreligious office, available online.

  • See Issue 48 (dated December 2006) for highlights on Christian-Muslim relations
  • See Issue 47 (dated June 2006) for material from the WCC Ninth Assembly and the report of the May 2006 consultation on conversion held in Vellore, India
  • See Issue 46 (dated December 2005 but only recently issued) for presentations from a 2005 dialogue between western Christians and Iranian Muslims, one by network participant Peggy Thomas.
  • See Issue 45 (July 2005) for material on the “Critical Moment in Interreligious Dialogue” conference at which the emphasis moved beyond talking together to also working together. Jay Rock was a participant in this event.
  • See Issue 40 (December 2002) for “Taking stock of dialogue and revisiting the 1979 [dialogue] guidelines.”

Dialogue and Proclamation: Reflection . . . on Interreligious Dialogue and the Proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a foundational Catholic document

Diversity and Community, a short document created by Religions for Peace, U.S.A.

Ecumenical Considerations for Dialogue and Relations with People of Other Faiths, a World Ccouncil of Churches document based on thirty years' experience (ISBN # 2825413658)

Entering Into Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue, a brief set of guidelines prepared by the staff of the Massachusetts Council of Churches, helpfully specific and practical

Faith in the Neighborhood series by Lucinda Mosher, beginning with Belonging (ISBN #1-59627- 010-1) and Praying: the Rituals of Faith (ISBN #1-59627-016-1), written to provide interfaith education situated in local realities

Getting to Know Neighbors of Other Faiths: A Theological Rationale for Interfaith Relationships, a fold-over bulletin insert sized brochure from the National Council of Churches, color, available for downloading and printingPDF file requires use of Adobe Reader

Grounds for Understanding: Ecumenical Resources for Responses to Religious Pluralism edited by S. Mark Heim, presents responses to the issue in various Christian traditions, from a 1994 NCC Faith and Order consultation (ISBN#0-8028-0593-0)

Guidelines for Interfaith Dialogue, summarizing the original set of guidelines from the World Council of Churches. Order the brochure at PC(USA)-produced brochure at PDS #74-292-02-005.

Interfaith Dialogue, article by Wesley Ariarajah in The Ecumenical Dictionary

Interfaith Dialogue: A Catholic View by Michael L. Fitzgerald and John Borelli, ISBN # 1-57075-652-X. Looks at developments in interreligious dialogue within the Catholic Church, excluding Christian-Jewish relations and with special strength in Christian-Muslim relations; written by two knowledgeable, caring men who have been central to carrying out relationships at the Vatican and in the U.S.

Interfaith Relations and the Churches, a policy statement of the National Council of Churches of Christ, articulates an understanding of building relations with neighbors of other faiths as a dimension of Christian discipleship.  Background resources, including a study guide, are available.

Living Faithfully in the United States Today, a resource from the Institute for Ecumenical and Culture Research in Collegeville, in cooperation with the National Council of Churches and the National Conference of Catholic Bishops

Mending the World, a report within the United Church of Canada that distills its discussion about ecumenism and interfaith relations

Mission and Evangelism: An Ecumenical Affirmation, a World Council of Churches statement commended to Presbyterians by the General Assembly in 1983 which contains significant material on relating to people of other faiths, included in Statements on Mission by the World Council of Churches, 1980-2005. Download.

Nostra Aetate: . . . the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, the 1965 Catholic declaration

Religious Diversity and Interfaith Relations in a Global Age, paper read by Wesley Ariarajah a 2003 international conference a the Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture at Chiang Mai University, Thailand. Looks at globalization and religious exclusivities. PDF file requires use of Adobe Reader

Three Faiths, One God: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, PBS video looking at beliefs and practices that are shared and that are distinctive. Can be purchased with public performance rights from the National Council of Churches.

Towards a Global Ethic: An Initial Declaration, a statement from the Parliament of the World’s Religions PDF file requires use of Adobe Reader

National Council of Churches interreligious resources, including Christians and the Holocaust, Concerning Means and Ends: the Writings of Byron Lee Haines (from the pen of a now-deceased Presbyterian pioneer in Christian-Muslim relations), bibliographies, and videos

Interfaith Relations Newsletter, National Council of Churches, August 2006 (edited by Shanta Premawardhana speaking in the first person) PDF file requires use of Adobe Reader

World Council of Churches interreligious publications, including ecumenical guidelines for dialogue and specific ecumenical guidelines for dialogue with Jews and with Muslims

Other Resources

A good general source for audio-visual materials is the Hartley Film Foundation, which produces and distributes documentaries and audios on world religions, spirituality, and ethics. Browse its web site.

Building the Interfaith Youth Movement: Beyond Dialogue to Action, Eboo Patel and Patrice Brodeur, editors [Rowman & Littlefield, 2006]. Contributions include program descriptions written by their founders and leaders, plus theory and methodology. Order from a bookseller as ISBN 0742550672.

Christianity and Human Rights edited by Frances Adeney and Arvind Sharma, ISBN #10-0791469522 and 13-978-0791469521. A wide-ranging look at the ambiguous relationship of Christianity and human rights, viewed both by academicians and activists, with special attention to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the World's Religions. Contributors include Terry Muck on interreligious dialogue and human rights and Margaret O. Thomas on the right to change one's religion, David Little, Max Stackhouse, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Sumner Twiss.

Do You realise Europe is in the throes of a civil war? a short London Times comment by Larry Siedentop on the struggle to understand secularism and accept pluralism, with comments about what is happening to American views today.

Festival of Faiths Handbook, the Cathedral Heritage Foundation (Louisville, Ky.). A how-to guide for others who want to use the Louisville model. DownloadPDF file requires use of Adobe Reader See the report on this program by the Pluralism Project.

 Fostering Dialogue Across Divides: A Nuts and Bolts Guide, Public Conversations Project, intended for both experienced and novice facilitators of dialogue between parties in conflict. Can be ordered or downloaded.

Guidelines on Multifaith Thematic Ritual by Joyce Manson. She says, “I am not an advocate of using Christian words or orders of worship to describe what others do but rather propose to let others together with us bring what each offers, expecting respectful listening for understanding. National holidays and social themes lend themselves to multifaith thematic ritual.” She asks $2.00 to send her paper. Contact her to get her address.

How to Be a Perfect Stranger: the Essential Religious Etiquette Handbook edited by S.M. Matlins and A.J. Magida. Fourth edition, updated and revised, SkyLight Paths. Information needed before a visit. ISBN-13: 978-1-59473-140-2 and ISBN-10: 1-59473-140-3. (Note that Matlins has also published The Perfect Stranger’s Guide to Wedding Ceremonies and The Perfect Stranger’s Guide to Funerals and Grieving Practices.)

In Good and Generous Faith: Christian Responses to Religious Pluralism by Kenneth Cracknell, Pilgrim Press, 2006. Deals with salvation, Christology, the spirituality of religious pluralism, an ethic of friendship, witness through dialogue.ISBN 0829817212.

Interfaith Voices podcasts, from the Interfaith Voices radio show, available for free downloading in mp3 format or as streaming audio. Access both current and archived programming. See the schedule of what is available by going online.

Interreligious Dialogue and Evangelism by Terry Muck, published in Buddhist-Christian Studies

Is There Common Ground Among Religions? by Terry Muck, published in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Lausanne Documents from the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, significant records of consultations by evangelicals from around the world who give attention to the issues of the particularity and culture of various peoples.

Meet Your Neighbors: Interfaith FACTS, published by Faith Communities Today (FACT), a congregational studies research program administered at Hartford Seminary. A comparison of beliefs, practices, and vitality across Christian, Jewish, and Muslims congregations in America. Downloadable PDF file requires use of Adobe Reader or available for purchase.

Models and Methods of Continuing Education for Christian Ministry in the Religiously Plural Context by Lucinda Mosher, in Teaching Theology & Religion, Volume 9, Number 2, April 2006, explores a variety of models for both providing accurate information about the neighbor and providing Christian theological resources about diversity.

Multifaith Dialogue, Service and Action Model Ideas by Joyce Manson. She writes, “Most of what is called dialogue in my experience is really exchange of information, often with a person of one faith speaking and the audience asking questions. I use Leonard Swidler's Dialogue Decalogue for suggesting something ongoing and deeper if there is eventually openness to this. We have had successful multifaith service here [in the Seattle area] with homelessness and Habitat for Humanity. Social action groups within the religions can be located, if near you, to work together or issue a statement where there is resonance on issues.” She asks $2.00 to send her paper. Contact her to get her address.

Online Interfaith Resource Guides (2006), a Pluralism Project research report. Provides a selected list of valuable resources for training, educational and discussion events, creating guidelines.

Religion in American Public Life: Living with Our Deepest Differences, by Azizah al-Hibri, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Charles C. Haynes, Martin Marty. Intended to stimulate discussion and provoke independent thinking; recommended by the PC(USA) and Public Education book list. ISBN #10- 0393322068.

Shared Wisdom: Growing Grassroots Interfaith Relationships, by Paul Chaffee, from the Interfaith Center at the Presidio, provides guidance followed by reflection questions

STOP the HATE curriculum from the Interfaith Alliance, includes sessions on what religious traditions say about human dignity, interpersonal relationships, and diversity; stereotyping; teaching children

Suggested Guidelines for Public Prayer, from the Tulsa Interfaith Alliance, available online

Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously: Spiritual Politics on America's Sacred Ground, Barbara McGraw and Jo Renee Formicola, eds. Looks at the nature of the dialogue needed in forums supportive of a multireligious democratic nation. ISBN #10-1932792333 and ISBN #13- 978-1932792331 and available as an e-book.

Terrorism and Religions by H.S. Wilson, written post-9/11 and available online. Meet this network participant through his writing.

The Dialogue Decalogue: Groundrules for Interreligious, Intercultural Dialogue, by Leonard Swidler, a widely distributed short piece first published in the Journal of Ecumenical Studies in 1983

What Do Our Neighbors Believe? Questions and Answers on Judaism, Christianity, Islam, by Howard Greenstein, Kendra Hotz, and John Kaltner, a new Westminster John Knox Press book that asks questions about key issues of our time. ISBN #10- 0664230652 and ISBN #13- 978-0664230654.

Women's Interfaith Initiatives in the United States Post 9/11, by Kathryn Lohre, a research paper for the Pluralism Project  presented in 2006; names various groups but does not offer web links


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