Presbyterians and Muslims in the greater Chicago recently sat down to dinner together in celebration of a new relationship and a new covenant.
Although preparatory discussions have been percolating for a few years, the convening dinner to celebrate the covenant officially marked the beginning of the journey for the Presbytery with the Muslim community at the grassroots level.
The covenant between the Presbytery of Chicago and the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago is a single-paged document that outlines common values between both faith communities (including care of the earth and the pursuit of justice for all), recognizes that both faiths do not agree on all things and commits to model respect, deepen understanding of the other faith and work together on issues consistent with our religious values.
Of note, both communities of faith unanimously endorsed the covenant.
Christine Hong, interfaith associate in the office of theology and worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), attended the gathering and remarked of its significance not only as a starting point for Chicago, but for the denomination itself. In her knowledge, this is the first covenant of its kind to exist in the PC(USA).
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