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 / www.TUMM.org
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.
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.