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Monthly Discussion: Why Interfaith?
March 13, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
In a world in which we have technologically gained the capacity to destroy the planet many times over, the expansion of interfaith understanding becomes not only a privilege but a duty to every person on this beleaguered planet. No longer can we afford the exclusive attitudes of medieval times, in which other traditions were viewed with not only suspicion, but disdain. There is great confusion about our diverse spiritual perspectives. It is a goal of interfaith understanding to break down all barriers of prejudice, bias and bigotry, in order to promote universal appreciation and celebration of our diversity. -Gard Jameson
Our monthly interfaith discussions provide a place to talk about our perspectives on topics without an adversarial approach.
It is a place to dialogue so that we have a better understanding of religious and non-religious values. Ben Zoma, a second century Jewish sage, reminds us, “Who is wise? The person who learns from all the people.” When we are willing to open ourselves up to others, we open ourselves up to new ideas and different perspectives
It is a place to work together with people of different beliefs to achieve common goals.
- What can you add to the above statements?
- What is the best way to deal with differences of opinion on various issues?
- Does “interfaith” appropriately describe the makeup of our constituency? What would be a better, more inclusive term?–”Interbelief”? “Golden Rule Community”? “Council of faith, philosophical and cultural communities”? Others???