The General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations invites you to join us in studying the document, “Denouncing Antisemitism and Islamophobia,” a newly finalized paper approved by the 225th General Assembly. At the same time, we encourage Presbyterians and Presbyterian entities to reach out proactively to their Jewish and Muslim neighbors to strengthen ties toward community building.
Read or download “Denouncing Antisemitism and Islamophobia” here.
Churches and other groups can post the document or document link on their websites for easy community access, and share it over email and social media. The 28-page PDF file can be printed on 8.5 x 11-inch paper or used to create a folded booklet on 11 x 17-inch paper.
To quote the document preface, The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) agrees that:
“Christian belief that all human beings are divine image-bearers to one another grounds our efforts to combat Islamophobia and antisemitism. Hospitality is the act of recognizing the image of God in others. As Christians, we are taught to welcome the stranger and to be blessed and not threatened by difference. We are called to provide nourishment, care, and protection to all…
“…Antisemitic ideas have been embedded in our scriptures and our confessions. We have often, intentionally or unintentionally, promoted ideas of Christian superiority over Jewish people. Presbyterians have also had misconceptions about the Qur’an and the value and the beauty of Muslim ways of faith and life. Contemporary theology, biblical study, and liturgy that affirm our ongoing kinship with Jewish and Muslim peoples will begin to repair and strengthen our interfaith relationships, bring renewed understanding and appreciation for the uniqueness that each community brings.
“…We are committed to deepened partnership with our Muslim and Jewish siblings in this process. This is an important step in repairing our relationships with Jewish and Muslim people, and to nurture the conditions of flourishing for all.”
The newly formatted, reader-friendly document is offered to the church as a “resource for repentance, renewal and relationship building with both Muslims and Jews.” Now is the time for that work. This resource will help.
Love one another as I have loved you. (John 14:34)
Please reach out to our committee for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org