Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Interfaith dialogue

For the past 4 years, I have been a member of the Moreland Interfaith Gathering. Over time this has had representatives from Catholic, Uniting and Anglican churches, Russian and Greek Orthodox, Islamic, Sikh and Baha'i faiths. The membership is continually shifting and is dominated by local council representatives and a handful of regulars who are predominantly Christian ministers, however the Gathering exists as an important symbol of unity within the community.

At its best, the Interfaith Gathering has been active in public demonstrations of solidarity between those of different faiths on behalf of the vulnerable and persecuted in our community. We have made public statements against racism and prejudice, as well as condemning ridiculous claims like the attribution of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami to divine judgement.

As far as I know, I'm the only Salvation Army representative to have ever been a part of this group. It's a great opportunity to get to know what's happening in your local area, as well as learning about how other faiths operate. Why not see what's happening in your community?


Anonymous said...

In dialogue with other faiths I wonder if the obvious question is never discussed.

Not so much who is right, but why we, the holders of various faith traditions, should keep our particular faith at all.

Does an element of the ridiculous haunt these conversations?

Why not one big happy family?

JDK said...

No elements of the ridiculous apparent, but perhaps a sense of happy family. More on this theme to come...

Regards, JDK