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Your Opinion: Opportunities to increase interfaith understanding

Your Opinion: Opportunities to increase interfaith understanding

February 7th, 2013 by Frank Rycyk, 406 Chestnut St. in News

Dear Editor:

Linda Wenzlick, in a recent letter, discussed the many faith groups in the United States of America, where "you are guaranteed worship of the faith of your choosing, or to not choose a specific faith if you so desire ..."

Here, in the City of Jefferson, many organizations are working toward interfaith understanding. Learning in Retirement (LIR) is sponsoring a bus trip to St. Louis where we will visit a Hindu Temple, a Buddhist Temple, an Islamic Mosque and other places of worship. LIR is also offering a course "Children of Abraham: A Conversation Among Three Siblings - Judaism, Christianity and Islam."

The Capital Area Interfaith Alliance has sponsored forums on interfaith issues. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has scheduled speakers of varying faiths. I trust that there may be others which I have not mentioned.

I encourage News Tribune readers to reach out and try to understand people of differing backgrounds. It may be too much to ask, for some to try to see the wisdom in differing belief systems. A good start would be to allow yourself to see "non-believers" as fellow human beings.

Who knows, they may be good friends and neighbors.