Our Multi-Faith Society: Exploring Its Gifts And Opportunities
On November 17th and November 19th, participants gathered in Clemson and Greenville to explore the nature of our diverse society and share their experience of it. Rev. Steve Doughty (Presbyterian (U.S.A.) minister, conference and retreat leader, and author) shared two stories of interfaith encounter from his most recent book, “The Man With Six Typewriters … and Others Who Knew God.” Through quiet reflection and small group discussion, participants first considered opportunities for enrichment and growth in our diverse society and then shared spiritual and learning experiences they had shared with persons from a different faith/spiritual tradition. Subsequently, participants considered the areas of darkness in diversity: discrimination, stereotyping, injustice, prejudice and hatred. In small group discussions, participants shared what motivated them to work for understanding and healing and what sustained them in this difficult work.