Methodist and Presbyterian Interfaith Ministry

The 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. This study will assist participants to prepare for dialogue with others, see all human beings as worthy in the sight of God, explore the basic tenants of what they believe, and recognize borders and to prepare to cross them (this includes agreement to disagree).

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http://www.gbhem.org/article/umc%E2%80%99s-interfaith-dialogue-and-partnerships-can-appeal-young

http://www.unitedmethodistreporter.com/2013/02/umc-launches-new-ecumenical-interfaith-office/

We believe that good interfaith relations are a vital part of a harmonious, just, and respectful society.

We pledge, today, to deepen our work to increase understanding about and between our faiths and to strengthen our cooperation on social issues.

We renew our commitment to developing effective and long term ways of dialogue and mutual learning. We shall continue to seek to understand the patterns of engagement of our faith communities — through history and today; to affirm the positive aspects of these patterns; and to heal wounds of misunderstanding where these are found.

While our great religious traditions are distinct in belief and practice, there is much that unites us. We will draw on fundamental values held in common and on the wisdom of our respective faith traditions to continue to work — as individual communities and together — for the wellbeing of our society, our wider global community and the planet that is our home.

Alongside all of good will, we will work to tackle with renewed determination the challenges of poverty, ignorance, injustice, crime and violence, and social fragmentation and to help shape a society where all feel at home; all are valued and justly treated; and all have a chance to thrive.

http://eif-pcusa.org/WhoWeAre/PCUSAInterfaithPrinciples.htm

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Shared act of reflection and commitment by the faith communities of the UK

The Inter Faith Network was invited by the Government to assist the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in developing and organising, as part of the official Millennium celebrations, a Shared Act of Reflection and Commitment by the faith communities of the UK. This complemented the Millennium Church Services held in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London.

This unprecedented event was held in the Royal Gallery in the Houses of Parliament on the morning of 3 January 2000 as part of the First Weekend Millennium celebrations. It was hosted on behalf of the Government by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, (DCMS) and the opening welcome was given by its Secretary of State, Rt Hon Chris Smith MP. It was held in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and was attended by the Prime Minister, the Home Secretary and the Speaker of the House of Commons together with faith community representatives and other distinguished guests.

Some 45 speakers and musicians from all parts of the UK took part in the programme of the event. Towards the end of it, leading faith community representatives invited the audience to join them in the Act of Commitment. The text of this (which has been used subsequently in a number of other events) is reproduced below. The event ended with some concluding reflections from the Prime Minister.

The occasion had major significance as an expression of commitment to an inclusive society which recognises the contribution which all the faiths make to national life.

An Act of Commitment

Faith community representatives:

In a world scarred by the evils of war, racism, injustice and poverty,
we offer this joint Act of Commitment as we look to our shared future.

All:

We commit ourselves,
as people of many faiths,
to work together
for the common good,
uniting to build a better society,
grounded in values and ideals we share:

community,
personal integrity,
a sense of right and wrong,
learning, wisdom and love of truth,

care and compassion,
justice and peace,
respect for one another,
for the earth and its creatures.

We commit ourselves,
in a spirit of friendship and co-operation,
to work together
alongside all who share our values and ideals,
to help bring about a better world
now and for generations to come.

http://www.interfaith.org.uk/rcommit.htm

In a world scarred by the evils of war, racism, injustice and poverty,
we offer this joint Act of Commitment as we look to our shared future.

All:
We commit ourselves,
as people of many faiths,
to work together
for the common good,
uniting to build a better society,
grounded in values and ideals we share:
community,
personal integrity,
a sense of right and wrong,
learning, wisdom and love of truth,
care and compassion,
justice and peace,
respect for one another,
for the earth and its creatures.
We commit ourselves,
in a spirit of friendship and cooperation,
to work together
alongside all who share our values and ideals,
to help bring about a better world
now and for generations to come.