Throughout its 75-year history, the Council has worked toward unity in diversity. We continue to play a pivotal role in bringing people together for dialogue and service across lines of denomination and religious affiliation. We believe that we are more alike than different and that we can be enriched by many of our differences. As the religious landscape in North Carolina has changed over the years, we’ve reached out beyond Christian denominations to sponsor interfaith dialogue conversations. Rev. Pierson Shaw, Jr. chairs this committee.
In 2009 the Christian Unity Committee organized an Interfaith Dialogue group in Raleigh to study and respond to a request for Christian-Muslim dialogue. Since the texts we hold in common, and which might form the basis of dialogue are Hebrew/Old Testament texts, we felt it appropriate to have an equal (more or less) number of Jews, Muslims and Christians at the table. The discussions were so rewarding that other groups were initiated in other cities on the same basis.
We have produced two short documents that attempt to distill what we have learned from this process to date:
Resources from Acts of Faith lectionary-based worship aids:
- “One Spirit, Many Gifts” Christian Ecumenism
- “I Must Bring Them Also: Building Interfaith Connections”
- “There Is One Body and One Spirit: Ecumenism & Christian Unity”
- “We Are Ambassadors For Christ: Jewish-Christian-Muslim Dialogue & Service”