Religions United

Religions United (RU) – was initiated by the Oklahoma Conference of Churches and is administered by a voluntary interfaith steering committee. RU strives to build interfaith relationships, to build respect, understanding, friendship and tolerance in the greater faith community.

Mission:

… To build respect, understanding, friendship and tolerance in the greater faith community.

Project Portfolio:

International Interfaith Tour—January 2017.  A group of 22 Oklahomans participated in a trip to Israel and the Palestinian Territories on January 4-11, 2017. What was unusual about this group was their composition:  seven Jews, ten Christians, and five Muslims. Twelve of the participants were from the Oklahoma City metro and ten came from the Tulsa area. The concept behind the tour was to enable faith leaders from each of the three Abrahamic Traditions to experience first-hand the historical and religious context and the current geopolitical situation in the land which each of these traditions consider their “Holy Land.”  Ms. Carla Hinton, Religion Editor of The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com, also participated in order to record this historic event. We are grateful to the Zarrow Family Foundations for helping to subsidize the trip expenses. For a report on this remarkable journey by the Rev. Dr. William Tabbernee, OCC Executive Director, click here:  Report on 2017 International Interfaith Tour.

Annual Interfaith Youth Tour—Since 2004.  Each year, these tours have provided a positive experience for junior high and high school youth from various religious communities to learn about and experience different faiths functioning together in an atmosphere of fellowship, peace, respect, and acceptance. The students, along with their faith leaders, sponsors and/or parents, are bussed to various houses of worship such as a Muslim mosque, a Jewish synagogue or an Episcopalian cathedral. The youth participants have been from Baha’i, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Unitarian denominations. Students are encouraged to ask questions about the worship they have witnessed and to freely discuss their own faith.

Interfaith Dinner Forums —Since 2008.  Allowed representatives of a variety of religious traditions to share insight into their faith and how it promotes interfaith understanding and cooperation.

Concert of Sacred Music—Since 2005.  Featured sacred music and prayers of the world’s religions.

Prayers from the Heart—April 2003.  Provided an opportunity for members of various religions to come together at a central location and offer prayers for the war ensuing in the Middle East. The site was hosted by members of different religions and literature from various world religions was made available.