Sunday, May 1, 2011

What others are doing: Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry

What does it mean to "pray together" and to speak with one voice in the public square? And how do we bring about dialogue with the extreme right/left wing groups in any of our faith traditions?"

(Sister Sylvia Schmidt, Exec. Director)

Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry

221 S. Nagales

Tulsa, OK 74127

Tel. 918 582-3147 / fax 918 582-3159 /

Organizational History, Purpose, and Leadership:

Purpose: To bring the interfaith and ecumenical communities together for understanding and cooperation.

Year founded: 1937-Ecumenical; 1971-Interfaith

Faiths represented on leadership group or Board: Christian traditions, Jewish, Unitarian, Muslim

Significant population increases among minority faiths in our area during the past 30 years: Muslim, Interdenominational

Changing attitudes toward "other" faiths during this time: There is a greater willingness to let each group speak for itself in designing and using sources of inspiration for the purpose of belonging to and living out the organization’s purposes. A reorganization of structure and purpose helps us be more inclusive.

Program Areas

Dialogue/discussion groups

Education: workshops; distribution of materials

Public events: conferences; worship/prayer together

Advocacy for religious freedom; peace; hunger; ecology; justice systems, jobs

Inter-institutional relationships, consultations; in civic and business arenas

Media: newsletter, other publications; TV broadcast; web site

New interfaith initiatives anticipated: An interfaith tour to Israel in May 2000 with planning and

participation from Muslim, Jewish and various Christian traditions.

Outreach: Most consistent participants: Christian traditions, Jewish, Unitarian, Muslim

Occasional participants: S. Baptists, Independent, Interdenominational, Buddhist, Hindu

Would you like to reach: Independent groups and Christian ministries.

Participation by members of minority faiths has increased in programs and leadership.

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