¡De vuelta a la escuela!
“Hybrid” Diocesan Convention Planned for 2021
2021 Wardens’ Conference: Presentations and Recorded Sessions
A Child and a Miracle
A Sunday School Pandemic Journal
ACT: 50 Years and Looking Forward
Are We Teaching Our Children How to Live?
Arts Education Amidst a Pandemic
Back to School!
Breath of Freedom: Rural and Migrant Ministry’s Summer Overnight Leadership Camp
Campus Ministry Across the Diocese
Confirmands Get Creative
Covid on (and Off) Campus
Developing The Next Generation of Leaders
Diocesan Protocols for Covid 19 Now Mirror Those of the State of New York
Episcopal Charities Receives $1 Million Anonymous Donation
Episcopal Futures Learning Communities Launched at Pentecost
Grace Year: In Preparation for Leadership for the Common Good
Hacer espacio para dejar que los niños nos guíen
Introducing Rev. Kevin W. VanHook, II, the New Executive Director of Episcopal Charities
Jonathan Daniels Pilgrims Reflect
Kelly Latimore: Iconographer of a New Imago Dei
Make Space to Let the Children Lead Us
Mission of Our Youth: Poverty in New York
New Executive Director for Episcopal Charities
New Youth Grantmaking Board at Christ’s Church, Rye
Palm Sunday Hospitality with 10- and 11-Year-Olds
Pennoyer Appointed Head of Grace Church School
PPP Loans: Reminder to Congregations to Apply for Loan Forgiveness if You Qualify
Prayers from Our Hearts
Report from the St. Margaret’s and St. Luke’s Branches of the Girls’ Friendly Society
Seeing Past the Horizon
The Journey
Un niño y un milagro
Video Hit: St. James’ children’s ministries series Did You Know?
Voices Heard: A Diocese Explores Pathways Toward Reparations
We Need All Ages
When I Was a Child: The Beginnings of Faith
Home » Seeking Wholeness in the Mosaic of Diversity
Print this article

Seeking Wholeness in the Mosaic of Diversity

Published in the issue.


Not a best kept secret, perhaps, but a little-known fact: The Episcopal Diocese of New York has a ministry that involves other Christian denominations and other religions.  Our Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission works in two directions.  On one hand, it gathers information about other faith traditions through personal meetings between their leaders and ours.  On the other hand, it educates our own diocese about these other expressions of faith and does so for the purpose of enabling stronger relationships among local clergy as well as among diocesan-level bodies.

Underlying these two directions lies a particular understanding of Luke 17:19b: “Your faith has made you whole.”  Whole, as the Commission understands it, envisions the whole range of faith expressions, brought together, not as an amalgam or synthesis, but as a body held together by mutual respect and appreciation—distinctions maintained.

Recently the Commission compiled a list of the questions we would want a dialogue partner to answer—questions that would enable us to round out our understanding of them. More than that, the answers might yield insights for us Episcopalians that would help us deepen our own self-understanding.

The complete list numbers 40 questions, some of which would be inappropriate for a particular dialogue partner.  The Commission envisages this list as a starting point for an adult education series, where clergy and/or lay leaders of different denominations or religions share their distinct liturgies, doctrines, polities, customs, etc.  Such an event would not only hold interest for the rank-and-file members of the congregations involved but might also attract interested “nones.”

Here is a representative sample of the questions on the list:

  • Does your tradition have sacred scriptures? If so, how are they used in worship and for study?
  • Are there any elements that are necessary/required for a physical space to be considered a sacred worship space in your tradition?
  • How does your tradition make decisions about social issues?
  • Does your faith have a leader?  If so, who is the leader of your faith?
  • How does the structure of authority in your tradition work?
  • Is there a role for monasticism in your religion?
  • Does your tradition encourage proselytizing?
  • What is the place of women in your tradition?
  • What books, audio-visual material would you recommend that we look at to best learn about your faith tradition?

For the complete list of questions, email the Rev. Curtis Hart, Chair of the Commission, at [email protected] If you do make use of this list of questions, please let the Commission know how it went.