By the end of 2020, there will not be a major city in America, and perhaps in the world, where you will not find people of different faiths, cultures, ethnicities, races, nationalities and social backgrounds working, eating, playing, marrying, and doing things together. This is bound to create conflicts.
As peacemakers and faith leaders, it is our duty to prepare fellow humans to deal with those eventualities to prevent possible conflicts, and lay a good foundation for nurturing goodwill and effective functioning of the societies.
Exclusive communities will become a thing of the past. If you live amidst others, you must also respect the otherness of others, as you expect them to do the same for you. Our goal is to bring people of different faiths together and provide a platform for them to share about their beliefs, their systems and rituals, while expanding the knowledge zone of each group.
The Center for Pluralism is committed to promoting understanding between peoples of different religious affiliations. We would like to thank the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office for hosting the series of events. In support of Article 18 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, knowledge leads to understanding and understanding to acceptance and appreciation of another faith. If we can learn to respect the otherness of others and accept the genetic uniqueness of each one of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge.
We hope the series of seminars will help one understand each faith tradition and respect for its contribution towards creating cohesive societies.
13 SEMINARS | 13 MONTHS | 13 TRADITIONS
Each month, we will explore a faith, the dates will be announced at www.CenterforPluralism.com/workshops
The Bahá’í Faith is a monotheistic religion which emphasizes the spiritual unity of all humankind. Three core principles establish a basis for Bahá’í teachings; the unity of God, that there is only one God who is the source of all creation; the unity of religion, that all major religions have the same spiritual source and come from the same God; and the unity of humanity, that all humans have been created equal.
Join us on Monday, Nov 22, 2016, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Church of Scientology National Affairs Office,
1701 20th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
On the Metro Red Line, DuPont Circle stop, Q Street North Exit, walk one block north;
private parking in rear of building .
Free parking in rear of the building. Seating is limited – Admission is Free – Refreshments will be served.
Maddie Li is a member of the Baha’i Faith, and currently coordinates a Baha’i-inspired community program for middle school students throughout DC. She graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont in 2015, after studying geography and architectural studies. She is interested in continuing to learn about how communities work together and prosper in diverse urban settings.
PJ Andrews has been living in Washington, DC for close to 10 years during which time he has been an active member of the Baha’i community serving on Baha’i institutions and participating in its community building activities throughout the city. PJ also spent two and a half years working at the World Center of the Baha’i Faith in Haifa, Israel. PJ is the Ethics Program Manager at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) ensuring compliance with SEIU’s Ethics Code and developing it’s ethical culture. PJ is from Newton, Massachusetts and has a B.A. from Tufts University and a M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Mike is an expert in the subject of Pluralism and Interfaith understanding. He has written over 3000 articles and hosted 700 hours of Radio talk show on understanding religion and its essence. He has appeared on 300 TV show and about 150 at Fox News with Sean Hannity and Stuart Varney. He has written extensively on religion and you can google his name with the name of any faith or festival, you will find information to read.
Mike will be moderating the event. More about him in 65 links at www.MikeGhouse.net
Center for Pluralism
Rev. Susan Taylor
Church of Scientology
National Affairs Office