Episcopal Bishop Christopher Epting of Iowa has been appointed deputy for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations for the Episcopal Church in the United States.
He succeeds Canon David Perry, who is retiring. Bishop Epting said one of his priorities will be to strengthen Christian-Jewish-Muslim relations.
Interfaith dialogue among Christians, Jews and Muslims is at an important juncture, he said, particularly given the sensitive situation in the Middle East. He said Anglicans could play an important role in a “fair balance” of dialogue between people of the three Abrahamic faiths.