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Getting our assumptions right in interfaith work

From the February 2012 issue of The Christian Science Journal

In preparing to understand and engage in interfaith activity, it’s helpful to look at the Preamble of the United Religions Initiative (URI) charter. Its first four sentences read: “We, people of diverse religions, spiritual expressions, and indigenous traditions throughout the world, hereby establish the United Religions Initiative to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence, and to create cultures of peace, justice, and healing for the Earth and all living beings.