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Scarboro Missions Provides Interfaith Resources for Christian Congregations

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Interfaith resources for Christian congregations

Dear Christian colleagues committed to interfaith dialogue:  below find some useful resources for  your interfaith work.

Interfaith toolkit for Christian congregations (Presbyterian Church – USA)

This toolkit contains numerous resources to enable Christians to engage with other faith traditions. Included among the kit’s many features are “how to” resources, guidelines for multifaith prayer, brief introductions to world religions, reflective materials on interfaith relationship-building and guidelines for bilateral dialogues e.g. Muslim-Christian, Jewish-Christian, Buddhist-Christian.

Understanding Islam: A Resource & Study Guide for Christians

Entitled “That we may know each other”, this document was produced for congregations of the United Church of Canada but can be useful for other Christian denominations. The purpose of this resource is to help Christians understand Islam and Muslims as well as to deepen Christian self-understanding. The inclusion of a handy study guide makes this document eminently useful and practical.

Understanding Hinduism: A Resource and Study Guide for Christians

Entitled “Honoring the Divine in Each Other”, this document was produced for congregations of the United Church of Canada but can be useful for other Christian denominations. The purpose of this resource is to help Christians understand Hinduism and Hindus as well as to deepen Christian self-understanding. The inclusion of a handy study guide makes this document eminently useful and practical.

Peace

Paul McKenna

Scarboro Missions Interfaith Dept.

2685 Kingston Road

Toronto, Ontario

Canada M1M 1M4

www.scarboromissions.ca

Tel. 416-261-7135 ext. 296

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
The Dalai Lama

 

Representatives of the 13 religions featured on the Scarboro Missions Golden Rule Poster

 

 

“To Do the Will of Our Father in Heaven: Toward a Partnership between Jews and Christians”

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A remarkable statement recently released by an international group of Orthodox rabbis.

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From the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations:

Created: December 3, 2015. Written by Orthodox Jewish leaders

“After nearly two millennia of mutual hostility and alienation, we Orthodox Rabbis who lead communities, institutions and seminaries in Israel, the United States and Europe recognize the historic opportunity now before us. We seek to do the will of our Father in Heaven by accepting the hand offered to us by our Christian brothers and sisters. Jews and Christians must work together as partners to address the moral challenges of our era….(cont.)

The Justice Factory thanks Eugene J. Fisher for forwarding this exciting news.

“What’s next for Jewish-Catholic ties”

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Outstanding essay from The Times of Israel by Zion Evrony, Ambassador of Israel to the Holy See and former Ambassador to Ireland.

“What’s next for Jewish-Catholic ties”

“When I go to meetings in the Vatican, as I pass the Swiss guards and walk across the beautiful marble floors, I sometimes think about the long path we Christians and Jews have traveled in the past 2000 years and especially the last 50 years: from rejection and denial to recognition, dialogue and friendship…” (November 15, 2015)

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Pope Francis in America, September 22 to September 27 , 2015

Frankly, this week, with its outpouring of wisdom, mercy, and love has left me somewhat speechless.

Many others more eloquent than I have been able to beautifully express their thoughts and feelings about the people and events we have witnessed. From the speech to Congress, to the United Nations, to the lunch with the homeless and the fellowship with prisoners; from Mass at Madison Square Garden (and prayer at St. Patrick’s Cathedral), to the wisdom of schoolchildren in Harlem, and to the almost unbearable power of memory, compassion, and humanity at Ground Zero. And the Fiat.

At this moment in time I choose not to attempt to express what I am feeling in mere words. In the days ahead I will quietly ponder and reflect on these events. And I will pray. And I will try to be a better person.

And while it has been difficult to put my feelings into words, there is one thing I can say without a shadow of a doubt: I shall never forget it, and I, like many others, will never be the same.