It is the practice of the United Methodist Council of Bishops Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships (OCUIR) to engage in dialogue with other faith traditions as part of a Christian fellowship. We do not engage in bilateral dialogues as an individual denomination. When building understanding and trust with other faith traditions it is much more effective to join with other Christians. To draw the table larger is to build better understanding.
OCUIR has addressed interreligious relations by affiliations with the NCCCUSA's Interfaith Relations Commission, Religions for Peace, as well as several Muslim and Jewish organizations. The OCUIR has developed print and electronic educational and resource materials to be used by local congregations and regional groups for interfaith encounters.
"I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one.
As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me."
The vision of the Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships is for The United Methodist Church to live more fully into Christian unity and deepen interreligious relationships.
- Adopted by the Council of Bishops
The mission of the Council of Bishops Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships of The United Methodist Church is to assist and support the Council of Bishops in its corporate oversight of the ecumenical and interreligious ministries of The United Methodist Church.
The Council of Bishops
"The Church expects the Council of Bishops to speak to the Church and from the Church to the world and to give leadership in the quest for Christian unity and interreligious relationships." ¶ 422.2
Bishop Marcus Matthews
Executive Secretary of the Council of Bishops
Bishop B. Michael Watson
Ecumenical Officer of the Council of Bishops
Rev. Dr. Jean Hawxhurst
Ecumenical Staff Officer Leadership Development
Rev. Dr. Maidstone Mulenga
Director of Communications
Dr. Kyle Tau
Ecumenical Staff Officer Faith & Order and Theological Development