To work in partnership with leaders of various streams of Southern California Christian and Muslim communities to enhance mutual understanding, respect, appreciation, and support of the Sacred in each other.
Goals and Outcomes
The Christian-Muslim Consultative Group promotes learning, dialogue and advocacy among its representative members and our wider communities of faith through lectures, workshops, press releases, youth gatherings, and other activities in order that:
Christian and Muslim leaders will learn more about each others’ faith and tradition as well as about their own, which will impact how they present each other to their own community.
Christian and Muslim congregations will be encouraged to engage in dialogue leading to greater openness and appreciation of each other.
Our religious leaders will be able to speak more effectively and with one voice, especially at times of crisis.
Local dialogue and cooperation will lead to changing of Christian and Muslim attitudes toward each other.
Past events that support these goals and outcomes include:
Panel and discussion on Islamophobia in the Media. (This event is available for booking at other venues.)
the Omar Ibn al Khattab Foundation (April 2007) and
Santa Monica United Methodist Church (Sept 2007).
“Searching for Peace: The Prophetic Traditions and Social Justice in Islam and Christianity” held at Centenary Methodist Church in Los Angeles in July 2007. Speakers included Sheikh Yassir Fazaga and Rev. Frank Alton.
“Elections ’08: Religion and Patriotism” held at Omar Farouk Masjid in Orange County in November 2007. Speakers included Dr. John Cobb, Rev. Jerry Stinson, Hussam Ayloush, and Dr. Amir Hussein.
“Standing Together”, a project of the CMCG that began in 2008, pairs neighboring mosques and churches who are interested in building long-term relationships and providing protection and support for one another in the event of hate crimes.
"Standing Together Online", a project of the CMCG with IslamiCity.com that began in 2017 to bring together Muslims and Christians in dialogue online using platforms such as YouTube live.
Some pairings that have been created through the Standing Together project:
- Santa Monica Methodist Church <--> Islamic Center of Southern California
- First Presbyterian Church of Encino <--> Islamic Society of the West Valley
- Islamic Center of Oxnard <--> Adventist Church
- United Methodist Church of Irvine <--> Islamic Center of Irvine
- First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills <--> Islamic Center of Northridge
- St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Community <--> Islamic Center of Southern California
- and many more...
Websites of CMCG Muslim Members
- Council on American-Islamic Relations, National : www.cair.com
- California Chapter : ca.cair.com
- Islamic Center of Southern California : icsconline.org
- Islamic Shura Council of Southern California : shuracouncil.org
- Islamic Society of Orange County : isocmasjid.com
- Muslim Public Affairs Council : mpac.org
- Omar Ibn Al-Khattab Foundation : omaribnalkhatab.org
- Pacifica Institute : pacificainstitute.org
- Masjid ibaadillah: ibaadillah.com
- MECA: mecasocal.org
- Bilal Center: masjidbilalonline.com
- LALMA: lalma.net
- Bayan Claremont: bayan.us.org
Websites of CMCG Christian Members
- Episcopal Church, National : ecusa.anglican.org
- Local : ladiocese.org or episcopalchurch.org
- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, National : elca.org
- Local : socalsynod.org
- Presbyterian Church (USA), National : pcusa.org
- Local : synod.org
- Roman Catholic Church, Vatican : vatican.va
- Local : archdiocese.la
- United Church of Christ, National : ucc.org
- Local : scncucc.org
- United Methodist Church, National : umc.org
- Local : calpacumc.org
- Seventh-day Adventists, National : adventist.org
- Regional : scc.adventist.org
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints : lds.org
"We all come from different backgrounds and different cultures and have different experiences and different histories, but we all serve God. How we do it is influenced by where we came from and what we grew up with.
But we all serve and love the same God. And that's what's important."
~ Brenda LaMotte, AME Minister