An Affirmation of Interrreligious Commitment

An Affirmation of Interreligious Commitment*

We believe the Bible proclaims God’s love for all people, that Christ’s Great Commandment sets the standard for all of our relationships: “… ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind,’” and, empowered by the Holy Spirit, “… ‘love your neighbor as yourself’” (Mt. 22:37, 39).

We confess

that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has sought to live up to its commitment to
love people of other religious traditions, but many times we have not;
with God’s help we resolve to do better;

that self-serving theologies and goals and triumphalistic attitudes pull us apart;
with God’s help we resolve to do better;

that some of our confessions and the dated perspectives of our religious
heritage have resulted in patterns of unhealthy relationships with people of other religions;
with God’s help we resolve to do better.

We resolve to do better and not perpetuate divisive relationships among our neighbors and ourselves.

God calls us to have loving relationships with people of other religions.

God calls us to approach others in a spirit of openness and trust as we follow Jesus Christ
in respecting and affirming the freedom of others.

God calls us, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to work with people of other religions
for peace, justice, and the sustainability of creation.

Guided on our way by the Holy Spirit, we will
meet human needs,
work for social justice,
participate in mission and evangelism,
pursue peace,
strengthen families,
educate for greater understanding,
nurture diverse communities,
value hospitality in our congregations, and
respect one another in our workplaces.

We follow Christ’s call to work for God’s kingdom; we believe that God will complete what we leave incomplete. To God be the glory!

*This is part of «The Interreligious Stance of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).», approved by the 221st General Assembly.


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