Toward Our Mutual Flourishing: The Theological Statement on Interreligious Relations of The Episcopal Church
Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World
A landmark document addressing the conduct of Christian witness around the world was released in 2011 by the World Council of Churches (WCC), the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID).
A Declaration of Inter-Religious Commitment: A policy statement of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Interreligious Relations with a Focus on Peace
A Policy Statement supporting the National Council of Churches' interreligious priority and reaffirming the 1999 Policy Statement “Interfaith Relations and the Churches.”
ICNY’s video “Policing in Today’s Multi-Faith New York” – very short and intended for the New York Police Department, a useful overview of American religious diversity.
The documentary “Of Many” – about the relationship between Jewish and Muslim chaplains and communities at NYU.
The documentary “Sacred” – aired on PBS, “explores faith as a primary human experience, revealing how people across the world turn to ritual and prayer to navigate the milestones and crises of private life.”
Fremont, U.S.A offers a glimpse of religious diversity on the local level: Fremont, California is a city transformed by new immigration. A rajagopuram rises in a tidy suburban neighborhood, announcing the vital presence of the Hindu community. The diversity of the global Buddhist community is also in evidence, as Thai, Chinese, and Burmese temples—and a women’s monastic retreat center—dot the landscape. Fremont is home to Peace Terrace, where Muslims and Christians have built side by side, and Gurdwara Road, where a large Sikh community engages in creative forms of outreach.
Documentary Films on American Religious Life
This page will introduce you to a range of documentary films on American religious life. A few are ethnographic portraits you might use to immerse your students in the daily lives of diverse religious communities, like Welcome to Amish America and A Life Apart: Hasidism in America. But most are focused on more specific aspects of contemporary religious life, like Taqwacore's portrait of a fledging Muslim-American punk rock scene, Fremont, USA's analysis of interfaith relations in a northern California suburb, or Rejoice and Shout's history of African-American gospel music. Taken together, these films show the vibrant diversity and creativity of American religious life.
Resources for Teaching American Religious Diversity
The conventional world religions curriculum introduces students to basic facts about major religious traditions, but this "dates and doctrines" approach is not enough. The resources here will help you and your students develop a richer understanding of religious diversity.
"Dialogue, to Danmission, is more than just proper communication. Dialogue, to us, as a Christian organization, is a way of life – and it comes to determine how we look on human beings. We see people – regardless of religious, social or cultural background – as valuable, worthy of attention and worth building loving relationships with."
For further reading
S. Wesley Ariarajah, The Bible and People of Other Faiths (Maryknoll, New York: Orbis, 1989).
Jennifer Howe Peace, Or N. Rose, and Gregory Mobley, My Neighbor's Faith: Stories of Interreligious Encounter, Growth, and Transformation (Maryknoll, New York: Orbis, 2014).