Norway’s Olav Fykse Tveit is general secretary of the Geneva-based World Council of Churches; Lois Wilson is a past president of that body, as well as a former Canadian senator
Interesting interview with them
We’ve been talking about relationships among Christians. What does this imply for dialogue between Christians and other faiths?
Wilson: The time has come to move beyond conversation. We have had enough of talking about differences; what we need today is to move together with Muslims, Jews and so on. We share the same religious impulse.
Tveit: There is no way to have a Christian witness without being in dialogue with people of other faiths. This doesn’t mean you give up your own faith. But nobody can say they believe in God and then say, “Our God is against you.” God is the Creator of all.
Wilson: God isn’t even Christian! We’ve spent years in dialogue, saying “You’re a Muslim; I’m a Christian; here’s how we’re different. Whose God is supreme?” and so on. In the meantime, the world is going to hell in a basket. Now we need to ask, “What has your community got to bring to that? What can we bring to that together?”
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