NOV 19, 2015 “Interfaith Dialogue”

The CFC campaign proves how generous we are as a community and how we take care of others.  Amy Poehler said “There are so many people in the world with so little. Who cares why you decide to help?”

Charity and giving is however an issue for some people, especially when connected to compassion, stewardship, entitlement, or empowerment. 

The opening question for the discussion is: “To whom should I give?”  

The following links give background information on the issue:

Quotes about compassion: is external)

 Cherokee tribe of Native Americans, who said “Don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes”.

 “You never really know a man until you understand things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1960

  Kids and entitlement: is external)


Panhandling: is external)


Poverty: is external)



Nov 19th “Interfaith Dialogue”   

The opening questions for the discussion are: “How do we move from the clash of civilizations to a dialogue of civilizations and find ways of relating to each other that are genuinely collaborative and go beyond mere tolerance? Is this even possible? What can I do personally?”  

Preparation materials:

TEDxDU The Interfaith Amigos: Breaking the taboos of interfaith dialogue

The theme of "Radical Collaboration" is personified in Rabbi Ted Falcon, Pastor Don Mackenzie, and Imam Jamal Rahman - collectively known as The Interfaith Amigos. In a time when religion appears to be at the heart of fragmentation, suspicion and conflict, their friendship is a beacon to a wiser, more compassionate, and hopeful path. is external) 

TEDxRainier - Interfaith Amigos is external)

The Necessity and Possibility of Interreligious Dialogue

Given the geopolitical state of our world today and the role that religions are playing in that world, the religious communities that populate our planet have reached a point in their history in which they must find a new way of relating to each other. They are being called to collaborate with each other rather than compete with each other. It is time to set aside their centuries long agenda of competing, fighting, and trying to replace each other and enter into a genuinely cooperative dialog of equals. Is this possible? How? (A lecture by Paul Knitter that was part of the 2014 Baldwin Wallace Faith & Life Lecture Series) is external)

Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian: The Challenge and Opportunity of “Double Belonging” is external)

Brian McLaren: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World

McLaren observes that two common approaches to Christian identity have been having a strong identity that is hostile to others or having a weak identity that is tolerant of others. He then suggests that it is possible to have a strong and benevolent religious identity. The problem isn’t having a strong identity, but rather building an identity of “us” around hostility to “them.” is external)

Brian McLaren: Beyond the Box Interview (90 minutes) is external)

The Heart of Faith: The Parliament of the World's Religions is external)

  Highlights from the discussion:

  • Having respect for others is universal and best shown by example
  • Discussing religion in a manner that seeks understanding reduces the fight
  • A reflective question is, "How does your spirituality help you interact with other people?"
  • Focus on the relationship to increase understanding