Words from Co-Directors
Our country is an experiment in religious pluralism. So is our county. Being on the staff of the Interfaith Round Table means that we engage this value of interfaith cooperation every day.
What is it like to be part of a singular religious identity while respecting and advocating for those of different religious persuasions? How can hospitality be extended from each religion to those of all other religions?
It’s stimulating to use a panorama of approaches to “help create a culture of understanding and inclusion” through conversations (sometime casual, sometimes intense), music, education, drama, forums, panel discussions, visits to a variety of sacred sites and interviews. Maintaining and developing a healthy multi-religious community takes all of the above. And beyond that, it takes the building of relationships, solid relationships that go beyond the superficial to the significant, where trust, honesty and curiosity are imbedded in the fabric of those relationships. We both enjoy doing this. It’s a challenge. There are few schools that teach this, but for those of us who are willing to learn, it’s profoundly meaningful and personally rewarding.