Hindus greet new World Communion of Reformed Churches & urge interfaith dialogue promotion

Hindus have sent greetings and good wishes to newly constituted World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) and its President Jerry Pillay.

World Alliance of Reformed Churches and Reformed Ecumenical Council have merged to form WCRC in a meeting currently underway at Grand Rapids (Michigan, USA), representing a global network of about 80 million members from 227 churches in 108 countries whose roots go back to 1875. WCRC—a fellowship of Presbyterian, Congregational, Reformed, Waldensian, Uniting and United Churches—is born through this historic merger and will be headquartered in Geneva (Switzerland).

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, welcomed some of the themes of the new church, like promoting economic, ecological and gender justice around the world; human rights of all people; responsible use of earth's God-given resources; defending civil and religious rights; alleviating poverty and promoting equity between men and women; focus on marginalized people; and involvement in social justice issues.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, commended Pillay for foreseeing interfaith dialogue with persons of other faiths and saying, “The work of the church doesn't exclude people of other faiths”.

Rajan Zed further hoped that WCRC under Pillay would work for promoting interfaith dialogue and cooperating in common causes such as peace, ecological responsibility, social development, etc., with different religions and denominations. Dialogue brought us mutual enrichment and helped us overcome prejudices passed down to us from previous generations, Zed added.

Zed pointed out: Religion is a complex component of human life. Dialogue helps us to see interconnections and interdependencies between religions and even similarities in doctrines. In our shared quest for the truth, we can learn from one another and thus come closer to the truth.

Pillay, 45, earned his doctorate from University of Cape Town and was General Secretary of Uniting Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.