Community Connections – Interfaith Education

14 Jun

I spent a few hours last night at a Sharing Ramadan event hosted by our local Islamic Society. It was a wonderful event with a speaker who took the time to talk about the beliefs of the Islam faith as well as how Muslims are being viewed by the media. He even took time to answer questions from the audience – and there probably would have been even more questions, but it was time to break the fast before prayers. We also got to go into the prayer area of the mosque for prayers and then shared dinner together as a large group. It was so nice for a group of people to open up their house of worship for questions and understanding and when it comes down to it many of today’s religions (specifically in this case Islam, Judaism and Christianity) are far more similar than they are different.

I’m now thinking about ways to provide an interfaith program at the library from an educational standpoint to share how people are people and that a person’s beliefs are just one part of their identity. We’re also looking at partnering with the school district on a bullying prevention program and with the police department on the opioid epidemic. I believe that these topics all require community connection and dialogue because no one agency or organization can make a difference, but by working together we can start to make our communities stronger and safer for generations to come.

If your library is currently working on anything like this, I’d love to hear more!

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2 Responses to “Community Connections – Interfaith Education”

  1. Jenna @ Falling Letters June 21, 2017 at 12:44 pm #

    What a great opportunity. I once participated in a mock Passover Seder at a local synagogue. It was an wonderful learning experience.

    This isn’t exactly what you’re talking out, but my library has previously hosted a human library (people could book time to speak one on one with a person about their life experiences), which I thought of because it offers human connection and the opportunity to, as you wrote, share how people are people and their beliefs are just one part of them.

    • literacious June 21, 2017 at 12:56 pm #

      Jenna, I’ve heard about human libraries before and love the idea! Maybe we’ll try that in the future too!

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