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National Council of Churches honors five congregations as "interfaith engaged" leaders

New York, December 8 (ENInews)--Five congregations demonstrating a special enthusiasm and exemplary work for interfaith relations have been named "model interfaith engaged congregations" by the National Council of Churches (NCC), according to a news release.

In June, the NCC's Interfaith Relations Commission asked for nominations from its member communions and other communities affiliated with the Council of congregations that "have something important to share about interfaith engagement."

As a result of the national initiative, says the release, the Commission is honoring Boston Avenue United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Community Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Tempe, Arizona; Episcopal Tri-Faith Ministries in Ashland, Nebraska; First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, in Eugene, Oregon; and  St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C.

Each congregation recognized for its engagement in interfaith relations will in turn serve as a mentor for other congregations seeking to enhance their work in this area.

"These recognitions advance congregational mission and health by empowering congregations