MISSION & PURPOSE
Four steps for bridging difference:
Learn – Understanding how Jews, Christians and Muslims practice and experience their religion is a core element of my research. Awareness and knowledge grows through learning about different religions and beliefs directly from committed followers.
Reflect – Hearing about different religious paths and experiences awakens reflection about one’s own practice. My focus on lay-people allows for connection with fellow practitioners. One sees the known in a ways through curiosity and reflection.
Talk – Meeting the other in dialogue invites us to hold our differences and similarities. As a result, we become more resilient and thoughtful practitioners. Commitment to one’s own path and learning with others can coexist.
Respect – Honoring a person’s humanity is critical for both interreligious understanding and civil society as a whole. Seeing the wholeness of someone different shows respect for oneself and the other.
Through these steps, the ‘other’ becomes known, the multitudes become a group of unique individuals, strangeness is replaced by familiarity and understanding. We are enriched.