53.6 F
Thursday, May 23, 2024
HomeBeliefsThrough interfaith dialogue I learn the most

Through interfaith dialogue I learn the most


Related stories

Now Hiring: Freelance Reporters

Now Hiring: Freelance Reporters SpokaneFāVS.com, an online publication covering religion...

Ask A Mormon: Can you be baptized after death?

Mormons believe that “God is no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34). He loves all of his children, regardless of when or where they were born. We also believe that baptism, and the covenants we make at baptism, are stepping stones on the path to salvation and exaltation.

Ask A Mormon: Do Mormons believe they will become gods?

Latter-day Saints believe that every life — our spirits, our souls, the essence of who we are — is eternal.

Ask A Mormon: Do Mormons stockpile goods?

Are Mormons Preppers? Why and where and for how long do they stockpile goods? Why is this, is there an eschatological reason?

Tripping to Peace at Salt Lake: Individual States or All New Kingdom?

We must, if we are to survive, see that our existence is vitally connected with the equally important existence of the other.

Our Sponsors


In attending churches and activities for faiths other than my own I have found that it is through interfaith dialogue, panels, and one on one discussion that I learn the most. I may never “understand” a faith path but what I can do is learn the underlying teaching and respect the
beliefs of that path.

Learning about something may not lead to a path of understanding, however; it may allow us to know of the roots, teaching and current beliefs. To really understand I would need to be immersed in the culture and “live” it. I am open to learn about various paths; to hear the truth of it. Through learning comes respect while remaining strong in my own path of truth.

When a faith path is “culturized” (my word) it often loses value in the translation. For instance, there are strong feelings about the different translations of the Bible. The translations vary partially because they began as an oral tradition, in an ancient language in which a single word
may have numerous meanings based on context. We cannot deeply understand a faith path which is from a totally foreign culture we have yet to experience. We can add what we learn from our experiences with other paths and certainly live a richer life.

Fear is based on ignorance so let me learn about you and honor our differences.

Joe Niemiec
Joe Niemiec
The Rev. Joe Niemiec Jr. began his spiritual quest in 1986 when he walked out of a Houston jail and was struck by the realization that his life was in shambles. He began his quest for ‘getting back on track’ with 12 step programs, followed by learning and practicing meditation with a local Redding, California, teacher.

Our Sponsors

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x