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Leading writers from many religious traditions describe moments of transformation and growth through their interreligious encounters. This groundbreaking volume gathers an array of inspiring and penetrating stories about the interreligious encounters of outstanding community leaders, scholars, public intellectuals, and activist from the United States, Europe, and the Middl Leading writers from many religious traditions describe moments of transformation and growth through their interreligious encounters. This groundbreaking volume gathers an array of inspiring and penetrating stories about the interreligious encounters of outstanding community leaders, scholars, public intellectuals, and activist from the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. With wisdom, wit, courage, and humility, these writers from a range of religious backgrounds share their personal experience of "border-crossing," and the lessons learned from their interreligious adventures. We live in the most religiously diverse society in the history of humankind. Every day, people of different religious beliefs and practices encounter one another in a myriad of settings. How has this new situation of religious diversity impacted the way we understand the religious "other," ourselves, and God? Can we learn to live together with mutual respect, working together for the creation of a more compassionate and just world?


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Leading writers from many religious traditions describe moments of transformation and growth through their interreligious encounters. This groundbreaking volume gathers an array of inspiring and penetrating stories about the interreligious encounters of outstanding community leaders, scholars, public intellectuals, and activist from the United States, Europe, and the Middl Leading writers from many religious traditions describe moments of transformation and growth through their interreligious encounters. This groundbreaking volume gathers an array of inspiring and penetrating stories about the interreligious encounters of outstanding community leaders, scholars, public intellectuals, and activist from the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. With wisdom, wit, courage, and humility, these writers from a range of religious backgrounds share their personal experience of "border-crossing," and the lessons learned from their interreligious adventures. We live in the most religiously diverse society in the history of humankind. Every day, people of different religious beliefs and practices encounter one another in a myriad of settings. How has this new situation of religious diversity impacted the way we understand the religious "other," ourselves, and God? Can we learn to live together with mutual respect, working together for the creation of a more compassionate and just world?

30 review for My Neighbor's Faith: Stories of Interreligious Encounter, Growth, and Transformation

  1. 5 out of 5

    Daughters Of Abraham

    This was chosen as a good book for newer groups, as well as established groups. It exposes the variety of experiences that can happen when one approaches "the other" with an open heart and mind. Short memoir collection of incidents where people of faith met and grew. Some funny, some poignant, some spiritual. Noted as a good discussion-starter. This was chosen as a good book for newer groups, as well as established groups. It exposes the variety of experiences that can happen when one approaches "the other" with an open heart and mind. Short memoir collection of incidents where people of faith met and grew. Some funny, some poignant, some spiritual. Noted as a good discussion-starter.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Becky Patterson

    Great book to finish up my EFM experience. Fantastic personal stories on people's experiences with their own faith traditions and others. With so many contributors- some stories are naturally better than others, but overall excellent read. I know so many that should - though sadly won't- read this book. Great book to finish up my EFM experience. Fantastic personal stories on people's experiences with their own faith traditions and others. With so many contributors- some stories are naturally better than others, but overall excellent read. I know so many that should - though sadly won't- read this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lynne

    Profound. Beautiful. Inspiring. I will return to this collection of essays frequently as I pursue my personal and professional work.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ronald Chevalier

    This book addresses the need and blessing of interfaith dialogue and cooperation. While acknowledging differences, it focuses on the greatest tenant common to all major world faiths - “loving your neighbor as yourself” - even when they are different - even when that forces you out of your comfort zone - even, perhaps especially, when it is hard.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Stories for all Faiths What makes us faithful....what makes us believe in a higher power can be seen universally in these essays. Excellent final EfM read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sean Mcdermott

    This book is basically Unitarian universalism. It doesn't have a place in an Episcopal Education for Ministry course. This is not a book about Christianity. I feel betrayed by the course designers of a Christian course that I didn't get a healthy dose of Christian theology this my 4th year. There are about 50 different authors writing their own separate stories. You can count the number of GOOD ones on ONE HAND. Even in the crummy vignettes I think it's telling how no matter how they try and deni This book is basically Unitarian universalism. It doesn't have a place in an Episcopal Education for Ministry course. This is not a book about Christianity. I feel betrayed by the course designers of a Christian course that I didn't get a healthy dose of Christian theology this my 4th year. There are about 50 different authors writing their own separate stories. You can count the number of GOOD ones on ONE HAND. Even in the crummy vignettes I think it's telling how no matter how they try and denigrate those who wish to stand for Christian values and elevate Islam (!?), the intolerance of muslim clerics always bleeds through; whether it's Bosnian Muslims demanding western Protestant Christians apologize for what Serbian Orthodox Christians did over the last 600 years OR the sham that was the Ground Zero Mosque! The entire context of the Ground Zero Mosque is dropped, that very near a site of hideous ISLAMIST terror many Americans objected to a mosque being built. I would like to hope no Christian would be so insensitive and chauvinistic - the fact is we have proof of Christians being considerate. Shortly after the end of WWII, a convent was to be built in Auschwitz. Some local Jews expressed some misgivings about this and the nuns got their faces in front of TV cameras, in the paper and told everyone who would listen that THEY were the victims of intolerance and bigotry. OH WAIT, NO THEY DIDN'T - they said, "You're right. This looks inappropriate & insensitive. Even though we aren't Nazi's & did not partake in the holocaust, we will build our convent elsewhere." Lastly, Jim Wallis' screed is particularly tough to read, what with his calls for "Christian tolerance" when he gives nothing but hatred and vitriol if you're sympathetic to the tea party, have serious questions about Occupy Wall St or are a Republican. The only reason this doesn't get 1 star, is because there about 4 really good stories buried in a sea of garbage.

  7. 4 out of 5

    James Surprenant

    An inspiring collection of brief essay recollecting true inter-religious and inter-faith encounters. An essential read, I believe, not only for religious folks, but for anyone concerned about peace on earth in the 21st century. I understand religion to be a human made creation to help us connect with the unknowable, the ineffable. The encounters in this book point the way to how one can adhere to their own religious traditions faithfully while not only appreciating, but engaging in a life of true An inspiring collection of brief essay recollecting true inter-religious and inter-faith encounters. An essential read, I believe, not only for religious folks, but for anyone concerned about peace on earth in the 21st century. I understand religion to be a human made creation to help us connect with the unknowable, the ineffable. The encounters in this book point the way to how one can adhere to their own religious traditions faithfully while not only appreciating, but engaging in a life of true religious pluralism. An essential skill sorely needed in this troubled world. What unites us is deeper than what divides us. This book will have a special place along side the sacred writings of my tradition and I will return to it again and again.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Julia Alberino

    The last of the Year 4 EfM books. It's pleasant, and not overly theological. It is interesting to read about religious pluralism from the standpoint of individuals who have experienced meaningful encounters with people of other faiths and came away changed by the encounters; in some cases the brief encounter was life-changing. The many essays are not in any way off-putting, nor is there any deep theology. If you're not in EfM and just want an introduction to religious pluralistic thought, this i The last of the Year 4 EfM books. It's pleasant, and not overly theological. It is interesting to read about religious pluralism from the standpoint of individuals who have experienced meaningful encounters with people of other faiths and came away changed by the encounters; in some cases the brief encounter was life-changing. The many essays are not in any way off-putting, nor is there any deep theology. If you're not in EfM and just want an introduction to religious pluralistic thought, this is a painless way to get it. If you are in EfM, this book is a good way to end the year.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Janet Daniels

    I loved all the stories told in this book. I am amazed at the bravery and openness of people seeking to understand the faith of others. This book was read by students in year 4 of Education for Ministry during the year themed "Living Faithfully in a Multicultural World." I loved all the stories told in this book. I am amazed at the bravery and openness of people seeking to understand the faith of others. This book was read by students in year 4 of Education for Ministry during the year themed "Living Faithfully in a Multicultural World."

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    The stories of interfaith encounters in this book are so moving. I was brought to tears and inspired over and over.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Margie Dorn

    Just, this is the very best one of the Fourth-Year EfM assigned textbooks. A really worthwhile book for today.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    I am in a program for Episcopalians called Education for Ministry, of EfM. It is not a preparation for the priesthood, it is a thorough look at how our beliefs developed and came to be, and a look at where we want to go with our beliefs. First year is Old Testament, second year is New Testament, third year is history of the church and fourth year is a wide selection of theological perspectives. My Neighbor's Faith is the last book we read, and it is one of the great joys of our EfM studies, read I am in a program for Episcopalians called Education for Ministry, of EfM. It is not a preparation for the priesthood, it is a thorough look at how our beliefs developed and came to be, and a look at where we want to go with our beliefs. First year is Old Testament, second year is New Testament, third year is history of the church and fourth year is a wide selection of theological perspectives. My Neighbor's Faith is the last book we read, and it is one of the great joys of our EfM studies, reading about people with a variety of religious beliefs who come into contact with "the other." Coming into contact with "the other" explodes a lot of our pre-conceptions, and, if we are paying attention, may expand our own views in ways we would never have expected. It is joyful work. I consider this book a reward for good behavior. Having read all the heavier stuff, reading about real-life confrontations with our own prejudices and narrow mindedness, and having our lives expanded and our beliefs enriched by learning from those of other faiths - it makes you want to dance, in a theological sort of way :-)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ross

    This book is a pleasant series of essays about interfaith interactions across a wide spectrum of the spiritual landscape. There are great reflections, anecdotes, and testimonies that really exemplify the best of humans practicing their assorted faiths in unity with others. I especially appreciate the diversity of viewpoints; too often these kind of stories are told from only one (typically Christian) perspective and the takeaways are shallow. Here we see real reflection on not only what has been This book is a pleasant series of essays about interfaith interactions across a wide spectrum of the spiritual landscape. There are great reflections, anecdotes, and testimonies that really exemplify the best of humans practicing their assorted faiths in unity with others. I especially appreciate the diversity of viewpoints; too often these kind of stories are told from only one (typically Christian) perspective and the takeaways are shallow. Here we see real reflection on not only what has been learned about the other, but what has been learned about the self from the other. Even more refreshing is the stories where the practice of faith was not only parallel, but respectful and mutually supportive. As an addendum, this was a great book to finish my fourth year of EFM with. Not only was the content not distressingly out of date, but it was a relaxing subject matter that I was able to take in and spend time in reflection on.

  14. 5 out of 5

    C.B. Edgar

    Put aside in August. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1... might be fun to listen to as an audio book when doing something else, but for me, a collection of personal essays and anecdotes is not something I would normally read, and having to sit down and read it the old fashioned way was just not something I was likely to finish. After honestly enjoying most of the essays I read (about half the book), I decided to find something that would capture my interest more. What I read was thought provo Put aside in August. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1... might be fun to listen to as an audio book when doing something else, but for me, a collection of personal essays and anecdotes is not something I would normally read, and having to sit down and read it the old fashioned way was just not something I was likely to finish. After honestly enjoying most of the essays I read (about half the book), I decided to find something that would capture my interest more. What I read was thought provoking, well written, and worth reading. The rest of the book is probably worth reading; for now I will put it on the shelf.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    As the final book for EfM's year four group, I found this book of interfaith stories to be the perfect ending to a program that is designed to help Christians learn more deeply how to live their faith in their daily lives. The stories were inspiring as well as motivating me to continue my journey into uncomfortable situations and learn and be enriched in those experiences. Correct belief is less important that knowing God and being God's hands and feet and voice in the world God has created for a As the final book for EfM's year four group, I found this book of interfaith stories to be the perfect ending to a program that is designed to help Christians learn more deeply how to live their faith in their daily lives. The stories were inspiring as well as motivating me to continue my journey into uncomfortable situations and learn and be enriched in those experiences. Correct belief is less important that knowing God and being God's hands and feet and voice in the world God has created for all human beings.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Agafitei

    We used this book for a women's interfaith discussion group, reading five essays for each monthly session. The group included newcomers as well as long term members. We found it easy to have meaningful discussions each time. Almost every topic was someone's favorite. Lots of authors were well known, and triggered additional reading. It gave us encouragement for our interfaith efforts, and well as deeper insight into many faith traditions. We used this book for a women's interfaith discussion group, reading five essays for each monthly session. The group included newcomers as well as long term members. We found it easy to have meaningful discussions each time. Almost every topic was someone's favorite. Lots of authors were well known, and triggered additional reading. It gave us encouragement for our interfaith efforts, and well as deeper insight into many faith traditions.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Janet Mahlum

    This was a fourth year reading for Education for Ministry. I do think it is one of the best, if not the best, books I've read in the four years of EfM. It was easy to read. Most authors did not use esoteric words that not all of us are familiar with, and when they did, they provided a definition. They were written for the lay man and each essay had so many good points and worthwhile things to think about. It is a book for those who have a faith, whatever that faith may be. This was a fourth year reading for Education for Ministry. I do think it is one of the best, if not the best, books I've read in the four years of EfM. It was easy to read. Most authors did not use esoteric words that not all of us are familiar with, and when they did, they provided a definition. They were written for the lay man and each essay had so many good points and worthwhile things to think about. It is a book for those who have a faith, whatever that faith may be.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    I have read this three times and finally will review it: In my first reading, I got caught-up in some of the negative starts to these stories and didn’t love the book, even as a few stories really resonated. This time every story walloped me. Deep resonance and profound insights. I am happy I have had to spend the time I have had with this book because it has been worth it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I read this book for EfM. Finally a fourth year book I enjoyed!! The book is comprised of stories in which people of different religions learn from and about each other and their respective faiths. Many were inspiring and uplifting. It was a fitting end to four years of study.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Adafrog

    Read this for EfM. Kind of ignored each chapter intro, and read each story as its own thing, like an anthology, and really liked several of them.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Mccoy

    Favorite EFM book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gwendolyn B.

    This book marks a splendid finale to my four years in EfM!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stedwards

    Great, short, personal stories from all types of perspectives about living and working toward transformation in diversity. Community, not coalitions. Will use for teaching.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jean Marie Angelo

    I was assigned this book to read in the last month of a four-year seminary study. After all that focus on my particular Christian denomination and the Old and New Testaments, it was important to get back to a broader vision. This is a compendium of first-person faith stories that stress the intersection of Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, and Islam. I have some favorites. I particularly loved the Jewish chaplain called to the room of a dying Baptist who sincerely sits in prayer with a family whi I was assigned this book to read in the last month of a four-year seminary study. After all that focus on my particular Christian denomination and the Old and New Testaments, it was important to get back to a broader vision. This is a compendium of first-person faith stories that stress the intersection of Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, and Islam. I have some favorites. I particularly loved the Jewish chaplain called to the room of a dying Baptist who sincerely sits in prayer with a family while staying true to his faith. I also loved the two fathers — one Christian, one Jewish — who form a friendship spanning many years based on an annual conference they attend to help their children with special needs. In many cases, the writers' are seekers who trod many different paths and come back to their roots. One Muslim young man is drawn to Catholic Houses and the work of Dorothy Day. When he asks about the roles of the residents and staffers at his volunteer job he is told that this is not a productive way of looking at the people around him. Instead of asking something like, “Why are you here?," he is urged, instead, to ask, "What is your story?" Later in life he learned that his Muslim grandmother had been offering charity and shelter to Muslim women in danger for more than 40 years. He had a Dorothy Day-like matriarch in his family and didn't see the connection until he experienced faith from a different perspective. Another author posits why so many recovering alcoholics and drug addicts embrace Jesus. "In Jesus they literally find someone who came back from the dead, who was reborn."

  25. 5 out of 5

    Judy Owens

    While some of these essays about interfaith encounters sound as though they were patterned out of the old women's magazine tropes like "Can This Marriage Be Saved?" (They always can!) there is remarkable insight and beauty in so many of these writings. I especially loved "How a Daoist Firewalking Ceremony Made Me an Episcopalian" and Laurie L. Patton's "Sewing in Silence." Easy and inspirational reading for a variety of spiritual thinkers. While some of these essays about interfaith encounters sound as though they were patterned out of the old women's magazine tropes like "Can This Marriage Be Saved?" (They always can!) there is remarkable insight and beauty in so many of these writings. I especially loved "How a Daoist Firewalking Ceremony Made Me an Episcopalian" and Laurie L. Patton's "Sewing in Silence." Easy and inspirational reading for a variety of spiritual thinkers.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    I thought this book was a very good way to round out Year Four of Education for Ministry (EfM). I found the essays enlightening, inspiring, and entertaining. It gave me hope, that in a nation that everyday seems more and more divided, people are out there honoring and celebrating each other's differences. I read it with a highlighter, because there were so many good quotes! Recommended for anyone who seeks to understand more about other faith traditions. I thought this book was a very good way to round out Year Four of Education for Ministry (EfM). I found the essays enlightening, inspiring, and entertaining. It gave me hope, that in a nation that everyday seems more and more divided, people are out there honoring and celebrating each other's differences. I read it with a highlighter, because there were so many good quotes! Recommended for anyone who seeks to understand more about other faith traditions.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Randy

    I read this book as part of a group of Jews, Muslims, and various Christian denomination and other faiths, exploring and learning about each others faith history. The book provided great opportunities to relate personal experiences related to experiencing blessed moments with those of faiths different from your own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mardel Fehrenbach

    Final book for fourth year EFM. Sometimes inspiring, often thought-provoking short essays where authors write about the ways interfaith interaction strengthened their own faith and increased their openness and understanding. 2018, reading for a second time, this time as a mentor, with a new group, has yielded new insights. Still thought-provoking.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    This is a great book for the final year of EfM. The stories were all of open-mindedness and tolerance, hopefully something learnt in 4 years of EfM. I'm planning to share it with friends. One of our group found some of the stories challenging, but most were moved. This is a great book for the final year of EfM. The stories were all of open-mindedness and tolerance, hopefully something learnt in 4 years of EfM. I'm planning to share it with friends. One of our group found some of the stories challenging, but most were moved.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    A variety of essays, beautifully separated into sections, create a good volume for interfaith community group study and personal sharing.

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