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Christian Unity & Interreligious Relationships

The NIC Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships (CCUIR - 2012 Discipline  ¶ 642) is committed to seeing that our relationships with other churches and other faiths reflect God’s love that embraces All people into knowing themselves as a household at God’s table.

Dr. Martin Luther King drew on the Biblical Greek word oikos, meaning “house,” to say. “We have inherited a big house, a great world house [oikoumene] in which we have to live together- black and white, Easterners and Westerners, Gentiles and Jews, Catholics and Protestants, Moslem and Hindu, a family unduly separated . . . in ideas, culture, and interests who . . . must learn, somehow, in this one big world, to live with each other. This means that more and more our loyalties must become ecumenical [oikoumene].”

Contacts:

NIC CCUIR Chairperson: Rev. Lynn Pries  630.697.1942 lynnlpries@gmail.com

NIC Ecumenical/Interreligious Office Liaison: Rev. Catiana McKay 630.935.3312 catiana.mckay@gmail.com

Conference Ecumenical/Interreligious Web Information: Rev. Edgar Hiestand 708.660.9168 ehiest@gmail.com

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