08/26/2015: Multifaith, not Interfaith

Good evening all.  In reflecting back on today’s events, I can’t help but feel like they went better than yesterday.  In the end though, I would have to say that the best part of the day, maybe even the most beneficial in terms of learning something, was the panel of people from various faiths that spoke to all the YAVs.  In the modern day, while society in general seems to be more accepting and accommodating to the multiplicity of faiths and cultures, there continues to be a definite dynamic of maintaining one’s own faith and cultural identity, which has led to a general acknowledgement of other faiths without any interaction.  For as long as I can remember, I have been open to working together with other faiths to better the world and move towards the goals God has in store for the world.  So, seeing this come to life in this community really brings joy to my heart.  What I found most important though is their self-definition of being “multifaith,” not “interfaith” because they’re not mixing the faiths to create a new faith that’s acceptable to everyone.  Rather, they work to not impose upon the beliefs of others in the group (e.g. not eating pork around the Jews or Muslims) while retaining their personal faiths and not sacrificing their identities as a Jew, a Muslim, or a Christian of whatever denomination.  To see this at work now is a true attestation of God’s Word becoming action in the world.  I can only hope that this will continue to be the case in the areas I will work in the future.  Until next time, God bless you in all you do and are.

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