shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and
with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself."
is my neighbor?
If we created a global village with 100 people, those people
would represent the following religions based on their numbers throughout the
Shamanism, Animism, or other
Global religions such as Baha'i, Confucianism,
Jainism, Shintoism, Sikhism
David J. Smith, If the World Were a Village: A Book about the World's People.
Tonawanda, New York: Kids Can Press, Ltd., 2002, p. 14.|
the Christian scripture, the Gospel of Luke tells of a lawyer asking Jesus, "Who
is my neighbor?"
Jesus replies by telling a story about a man
who was beaten, stripped, robbed, and left for dead. Two people, traveling along
the same road at different times, ignore the man's cries for help and pass by
on the other side without stopping to help.
third person, one whom the hearers of the original story considered an outcast,
stopped, bandaged the wounded man, took him to an inn, asked the innkeeper to
care for him, and promised to pay all costs incurred.
"Which one of these persons
was a neighbor?" Jesus asked his listeners.
If we truly want to love our neighbors
as Jesus suggested, we need to begin thinking of all people throughout
the world as our neighbors. Then we need to begin treating them as neighbors.
is what it means to create an interfaith community.
The first step in this
process is to talk with people of different faiths, listen to their stories, respect
them, and find ways of working together with them in order to create a world of
peace and justice.
This section of the web site provides a brief overview and
introduction to the stories, beliefs, and practices of people of different faiths.