GACEIR seeks information on Presbyterians’ interfaith experiences
Survey input from individual church members will inform consultation
August 26, 2013
The General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations (GACEIR) is seeking input from individual Presbyterians about their interfaith experience.
Those who are interested are invited to fill out a survey and pass the link on to others who may also be interested in sharing their interfaith experiences.
GACEIR will convene a consultation in September 2013 about the PC(USA)’s relations with individuals, communities and bodies of other religious traditions. The survey results will help inform that consultation.
GACEIR’s chair, Krystin Granberg said that while the PC(USA) adopted an ecumenical stance at the 2008 General Assembly, that position addressed only the relationship of the denomination to other Christian churches.
“Participants did not systematically address interfaith relations or the connection between ecumenical involvement and Christian mission,” she said. “Yet, these two concerns have pressed in upon the conversation repeatedly, since they are significant concerns closely related to ecumenism.”
GACEIR has a strong sense that the topic needs to be addressed more fully in another forum, Granberg said, hence the survey and upcoming consultation. “The hope is for this document to offer guidance for the church in an ever-changing interreligious landscape,” she added.
Please click HERE for the survey.
For more information, contact the Rev. Christine J. Hong, associate for theology: interfaith , by email at Christine.Hong@pcusa.org , or by phone at 502-569-5045 (office)
Information for this story furnished by Jomaris DeJesus, communication strategist for Theology, Worship and Education ministries.