Interfaith – World Religions in Greater Boston – The Pluralism Project at Harvard University

Interfaith - World Religions in Greater Boston - The Pluralism Project at Harvard University
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as a port city Boston has long faced the challenge of bringing together widely varying groups of people from around the world to live as neighbors we know of course that the city has seen many instances of religious intolerance and exclusion even persecution from the time of the Puritans in the 17th century through the 19th century there were periods of prejudice against Jews and Catholics but today Boston has become a thriving center for interfaith activity and is considered a model for u.s. communities as a result of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act which ended national origins quotas Boston is now one of the most religiously diverse cities in the u.s. whether it's engagement around the dalai lama's visit to Boston or an interfaith peace walk on Boston Common the story of today's Boston is the story of people reaching across cultural ethnic and religious lines to new and old neighbors alike one of the characteristics of Boston's environment is its wide range of interfaith activities for both ordinary people and clergy daughters of Abraham a woman's book group formed in response to 9/11 brings Muslim Christian and Jewish women together to learn about their respective traditions the idea was not to create an interfaith dialogue group but to create a an environment that was relaxed hospitable and comfortable for women to come together and get to know each other through the vehicle of the books that they would read together at the same time the mass Council of Churches and the Islamic Council of New England have been engaged in dialogue since 1985 furthermore several religious centers incorporate other faiths into their own services but our bodies have come and spoken here we have at our Muslim chaplain at Harvard come in spoken here so we are Muslims Buddhists all the people have come and spoken here we celebrate the festivals of all so it's kind of a small little ism tiny pluralism project already going on the relationship building inherent to dialogue is also key to institutions such as the Greater Boston interfaith organization a group that works together to organize people from different communities to address social injustice whether housing or healthcare in the suburbs groups like the Weiland Westin interfaith action group focus on education on mutual dialogue and joint action Boston's interfaith work has also been strongly influenced by its many academic institutions one intriguing example is a collaboration between Andover Newton theological school or local Christian seminary and Hebrew College a neighboring rabbinical school today they share a campus and faculty from each institution come together to teach courses that provide an interfaith perspective on variety of topics the multi faith living and learning community at Wellesley College is one example of how interfaith engagement is affecting local campuses in this space students of many faiths make the choice to live together creating a microcosm of a successful interface society organizations are also concerned with preparing the next generation of interfaith workers in Sharon Massachusetts for example interfaith action youth members planned and facilitated the 2019 age interfaith diversity education conference for over a hundred people despite the extensive work that's been done difficulties remain differences of opinion on public issues are a reality whether on gay marriage or the israeli-palestinian conflict the long-standing controversy over the building of a mosque in the heart of Boston highlights the continuing challenge of understanding one another in a globalized climate where groups live together in close contact and world events have local repercussions nonetheless the diversity and complexity of the interfaith movement in bas and suggest that its future is one of positive engagement and pluralism

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