A small c catholic: If we Americans can manage religious harmony, we can be a model for countries that struggle with the challenges of religious pluralism and diversity.
It happened again. Here at "Interfaith Voices," we got a second call from the State Department, asking if we would be willing to host a group of overseas visitors for a dialogue about interfaith relations and our public radio show. In February, our first visitors were Afghan clerics, both Sunni and Shiite imams. This time, it was a group of 10 African leaders from eight different nations: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Uganda. Most were Muslim.
Global Faith: One element of diversity the photographer said hasn't been discussed enough is the diversity of interfaith relationships.
A small c catholic: We must listen to our hearts the way Bonhoeffer did, "not as an advocate of [fill in the blank] over against all other traditions."
Pope Francis has successfully gotten my Protestant attention.
He may not heal the rift our faiths made together during the Protestant Reformation of yore, but it surely looks small from the perspective of today. Christians agree on much more than not, like how Jesus predominantly and preeminently loved the poor and the marginalized. The rest of our differences, like ordination of women or natural law or hierarchical organization or the now understated infallibility doctrine, all pale in comparison to the witness of a man who washes feet and doesn’t waste words.
About two weeks ago, I received an unexpected phone call from a man at the Institute of International Education, who was organizing a series of meetings for a group of Afghan clerics coming to the United States to look at interfaith relations and dialogue in the American context.
Faith and Justice: "Steps have to be taken in order to allow people to get to know one another and to create harmony."
A couple of weekends ago, I had the great pleasure of celebrating the interfaith movement and one of its pioneers at Yogaville in Virginia. It is the home of an interfaith ashram founded by a Hindu guru, Swami Satchidananda. Satchidananda was known worldwide for promoting peace and encouraging the growth of a fledgling interfaith movement since the 1970s. This occasion for my visit was the celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth. (He died in 2002.)
Nigeria is one of the places in the world where wars with religious overtones are being waged.
This past week, after our interview with Jimmy Carter, we covered this conflict on "Interfaith Voices." It is largely a Christian/Muslim conflict with an underlying economic cause (no surprise).
Opinion: To prevent future tragedies fueled by hate like Sunday's shooting at a Jewish community center, we must begin by getting to know others and showing we care.