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How to Think Globally and Act Locally When it Comes to Religion

Recently in a Common Heart conversation (that will get posted in the next few weeks!) Akbar, a law student at UPenn who is Muslim, and I got to talking about interfaith awareness. In our religiously plural society, how do we bridge being at once content with our religious understanding and community and yet aware and accepting of others who have a different religious understanding and are part of a different community?

The thought occurred that we need to apply the adage, “Think globally, act locally” to religion. We can find community in a religious setting that is comfortable for us, but we need to have an awareness that our “global” spiritual community includes all humanity.

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Attending Keneseth Israel's Interfaith Program and Luncheon

Today I attended the Women of Keneseth Israel’s annual Interfaith Program and Luncheon. I’ve lived in this area nearly my whole life and never have entered this synagogue on the corner of Old York Road and Township Line Road. Driving up, I immediately was struck by the engraving on the building: THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THYSELF. Then entering through the main entrance, I saw a large banner printed with, “Hear, O Israel, the Lord Our God the Lord is One.” These scriptures felt familiar and welcoming. I felt hopeful and excited to be a part of this gathering.

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Common Heart Conversations in Collaboration with the Interfaith Center's Alternative Spring Break!

The Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia is one awesome organization. Of their many offerings, they host college students for an alternative Spring break experience of interreligious learning. This year one of the college groups was six students from Davidson College. On March 8th the Common Heart Project got to offer a workshop to them as part of their experience.

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Chelsea OdhnerComment