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SEIA Partner Marks the Month of Ramadan with United States Love Over Hate Campaign

Ramadan Mubarak to all our Muslim friends!

For the Muslim community, Ramadan is the holiest month of the year. The community fasts from sunup to sundown, when they gather to break the daily fast with a communal meal, an Iftar. SEIA's partners at the Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign continue their annual Ramadan series, The United States of Love Over Hate, to faciliate local relationship bulilding between Muslims and non-Muslims. Every year, they provide a nationwide listing of Iftars that are open to interfaith participants, so that YOU can get involved in your area.

This year, the program is even more special, as the Shoulder to Shoulder team embark on a Ramadan Road Trip! Over seven days, they will be stopping in four cities throughout the Southeast - Raleigh, NC; Louisville, KY; Nashville, TN; Atlanta, GA - before completing the trip with their annual Iftar in Washington, DC on May 20, 2019. While on the road, they have been keeping us updated on their experiences. To find out more, you can follow their social media on either Facebook or Twitter.

Shoulder to Shoulder is a coalition of over 40 religious denominations and faith-based organizations taking a stand against anti-Muslim rhetoric and hate in America. Ramadan runs from May 5-June 5, 2019.

Welcome From the Chairman

Bishop Joseph C BamberaWelcome to the website of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (SEIA), office for the Bishops Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (BCEIA). The website contains important pastoral, academic, and historical resources of the work of the Secretariat and the Committee. BCEIA has an expansive mandate to foster relationships with our sisters and brothers in Christ, as well as other people of faith from the various major religious traditions. The results of BCEIA dialogues and conversations are available on the SEIA webpages. They will inform you of the important progress of our work over the past fifty years, as well as provide resources for various types of dialogue that you can use in your parish and family. | MORE

Dialogue: What we do

"Dialogue is our method, not as a shrewd strategy but out of fidelity to the One who never wearies of visiting the marketplace, even at the eleventh hour, to propose his offer of love (Mt 20:1-16). The path ahead, then, is dialogue among yourselves, dialogue in your presbyterates, dialogue with lay persons, dialogue with families, dialogue with society. I cannot ever tire of encouraging you to dialogue fearlessly."
- Pope Francis, Address to the U.S. Bishops, September 23, 2015

"I cannot ever tire of encouraging you to dialogue fearlessly." - Pope Francis

“Dialogue” first entered the Church’s vocabulary as the method of approaching the modern world Pope Saint Paul VI promoted. This illustrates the spirit of the Second Vatican Council, which produced Unitatis Redintegratio and Nostra Aetate, the foundational documents that guide the Church’s relations with other Christian bodies and religious communities. Thus, the Church committed itself irrevocably to building fruitful relationships with others: fostering bonds of friendship, mutual understanding, and constructive collaboration.

The bishops of the United States established the Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (BCEIA) as part of this endeavor. It sponsors a number of dialogues with other Christian communities and members of other religions in the United States or North America. In most cases, these dialogues parallel those that the Holy See sponsors at the universal level.

Each dialogue has its own scope, method, and aim. We invite you to use this website as a resource in exploring the complexities of the Church’s dialogues in the United States. Here, you will find pastoral, academic, and historical resources to help all grow in understanding and appreciation.

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