Reflection on the Amazing Faiths Dinner DialogueApril 15, 2015
Playing For ChangeApril 17, 2015
Letter to the editor:
On Nov 4, I was one of 130 people in Wichita who attended an â€œAmazing Faiths Dinner Dialogueâ€ sponsored by Global Faith in Action At each host home, around tables with 8 individuals of varying faith and non-faith traditions, we made new friends, listened (really listened!) to responses on various sets of questions that could have been answered by anyone sitting at the table. While eating a simple dinner provided by the host, each of us spoke from our hearts for 5 uninterrupted minutes in response to our questions which were drawn at random. A trained moderator ensured everyone was comfortable and kept the conversation moving on schedule. After a short break and while enjoying dessert, we each had 3 minutes, again uninterrupted, to share what we were taking away from the amazing dialogue we had just experienced from our new-found friends. Finally, the table was open for conversation â€“ and we were all eager to learn more about each person personally and the connections many of us had â€“ but didnâ€™t know it until after dinner.
I was hesitant to be part of this historic event, but am so grateful I was. At my table were a Muslim, a Jew, someone who was not affiliated with any specific religion, Christians of different faith traditions including Catholic. I learned something from each one of them and my mind was opened and challenged during what was truly an â€œAmazing Faiths Dinner Dialogue.â€ It is my hope that there will be another opportunity to participate in a follow-up dinner. If youâ€™re invited to be part of it, you will be glad you said â€œyesâ€!