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Ecumenical agreement reached on how churches should do missions & treat people of other faiths

The Roman the Catholic Church, the World Council of Churches and the World Evangelical Alliance came to an agreement on how missionaries should conduct missions and treat people of other faiths.  Read about it here.  Excerpts from the article:

"Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct" tells Christians that they have the duty to "share the good news of God's kingdom," but cautions that they should "build relations of respect and trust with all religions."

But the document also tells missionaries and evangelists to put a stop to "inappropriate methods of exercising mission by resorting to deception and coercive means." The group urges Christians to "conduct themselves with integrity, charity, compassion and humility, and overcome all arrogance, condescension and disparagement" when talking to non-Christians, as such actions "betray the gospel and may cause suffering to others."

Churches have a duty to “to propose a greater vision of dialogue" and “reject nothing that is true and holy in each religion," said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, the Vatican council that helped shape the guidelines

Read the document here.  It is one of the best ecumenical documents I've read.

Someone pass this along to the anti-Muslim legislators in Oklahoma:

“We affirm that, while everyone has a right to invite others to an understanding of their faith, it should not be exercised by violating others’ rights and religious sensibilities. Freedom of religion enjoins upon all of us the equally non-negotiable responsibility to respect faiths other than our own, and never to denigrate, vilify or misrepresent them for the purpose of affirming superiority of our faith.”

 

 

 

 

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