Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Video Resources for Interfaith Relations

The Interfaith Relations Commission that met in Arlington, Virginia last weekend watched portions of two videos and engaged in a discussion with Imam Yahya Hendi, Chaplain at Georgetown University and Rabbi Marc Gopin, Director of Religion, Diplomay and Conflict Resolution Institute at George Mason University. More information about the Commission meeting will be forthcoming.

We are encouraging local churches, synagogues and mosques as well as other organizations to use these PBS documentaries for public performance and stimulate dialogue. The videos are also useful to use as educational resources within houses of worship.

Three Faiths, One God: Judaism, Christianity, Islam thoughtfully examines the religious beliefs and practices shared by Jews, Christians and Muslims to illustrate how many individuals in the Abrahamic faith communities are dealing with historical conflicts yet remain dedicated to facilitating understanding and respect. Three Faiths, One God captures a broad range of voices and ideas of ordinary people and respected scholars in the interfaith field. The program contrasts the religious practices of the three faiths, including the rituals of fasting and marriage.

Jews and Christians: A Journey of Faith is a 2 hour, in-depth inquiry into the intertwined history of Jews and Christians. Produced by Auteur Productions, and based on the book by Marvin Wilson, Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith, this video offers helpful insight into how Christianity and Judaism have defined themselves and developed in close sibling relationship. It shows the similarities and differences in liturgical practice, piety and theology that have been so often misunderstood in the long relationship between Christians and Jews, and includes footage of today's hopeful Christian-Jewish dialogues. A guide with additional written material is also available. For more information go to http://www.jewsandchristiansjourney.com/.

The videos and study guides can be ordered from the National Council of Churches.
For churches, synagogues and mosques, each video and study guide is $49.95 with public performance rights.

For other institutions such as Ecumenical and Interfaith Councils, libraries, seminaries, universities, each video and study guide is $79.95 with public performance rights.

The videos are also available for private, home use only without public performance rights for $25.00

Shipping and handling is $6.95.

To order or for more details, please write to Sarosh Koshy at the NCC: skoshy@ncccusa.org


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