In the parable of the Good Samaritan, a man helps his neighbor...regardless of religion, race, nationality, or status.
- Living a Christlike life means loving all of our neighbors, and Spokane's faith community is now turning toward each other. Those who do that, see one another as trustworthy partners in the defense of shared moral principles and in the promotion of the common good of our community and beloved country.
Regardless of doctrinal differences, the faith community can stand united as they express their faith in God. Varying faiths do not need to be uniform in order to be united. The faith community shares many common values and concerns, such
as freedom of religion, sanctity of life, the importance of family, and
marriage between a man and woman. There is strength in uniting diverse
beliefs and cultures. Interfaith unity can help prevent bigotry and
persecution, and preserve religious liberty. As faiths unite and stand
together, their voices will be heard, and they can make a difference in
- "We may not see life or think of our faith in quite the same way,
but we can learn a lot form each other, and we can do a lot of good
together." (Sheri Dew, author and host of Believers in Hollywood,
October 4, 2015)
- “We are all who we are, and doctrinally, all of us believe what we believe. But, so much of what we hold dear in our faith we hold in common, and it is so good, so broad, and so potentially powerful in addressing the ills of society that we ought in the fellowship of Christ to work together more than we do.” (Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
- "The better we know each other’s stories as religious minorities in this country, the better we can support each other in pursuing some of the vital issues we share. And that serves not just our beliefs and concerns, but the health of our entire nation. It means working with all our energy to make our nation whole and good, even as we keep our expectations modest, and even when we experience criticism and failure. And finally, it means realizing that none of us can do this work alone.
"Cardinal Francis George said that despite the differences among religions, “the possibilities of deepening our friendships through common witness and dialogue” are too important to underestimate, and too urgently needed to let lapse.”
"St. Augustine would tell us that the real problem with the world is bigger than climate change or abortion or poverty. The real problem with the world is us. As St. Augustine said in his sermons, it’s no use complaining about the times, because we are the times. How we live shapes them. And when we finally learn to fill our hearts with something more than the noise and narcotics of the wounded societies we helped create; when we finally let our hearts rest in God as Augustine did; then—and only then—the world will begin to change, because God will use the witness of our lives to change it.
"We need to wake each other up to see the world and our nation as they really are – the good along with the evil. Despite our differences, we have much in common. We need to support each other in the work for religious freedom we share. We need to treat each other as friends, not enemies or strangers. We need to learn from each other’s successes and mistakes.
"It’s important for our own integrity and the integrity of our country to fight for our convictions in the public square. Anything less is a kind of cowardice. But the greater task is to live what we claim to believe by our actions—fidelity to God, love for spouse and children; loyalty to friends; generosity to the poor; honesty and mercy in dealing with others; trust in the goodness of people; discipline and humility in demanding the most from ourselves. No society can sustain itself for long if marriage and the family fall apart on a mass scale.
"What do we need to do as people of faith going forward? Go forth to serve. Serve the poor. Help the weak. Protect the unborn child. Fight for your right to love and serve God, and for others to do the same. Defend the dignity of marriage and the family, and witness their meaning and hope to others by the example of your lives." (Source: “Living as a believer in the nation we have now,” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, speaking on how and why we got to where we are as a nation, and what we need to do as people of faith, in mutually supportive ways, going forward, BYU Forum, March 22, 2016, https://news.byu.edu/news/archbishop-charles-chaput-speaks-byu-forum#sthash.B7L38PIg.dpuf)
- Attend the annual Northwest Leadership Prayer Breakfast, where Spokane's faith community comes together to unite their faith and prayers for our community leaders to strengthen the families and community of Spokane.
- Host an interfaith service to allow the area's communities of faith to come together. Invite representatives to attend from Catholic, Latter-day Saint, Baptist, Episcopalian, Pentecostal, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Jewish, Native American, and other faiths. Invite some to deliver messages, and include music by a local choir. Then, invite these churches to help create and participate in an interfaith community choir.
- Teach members of your congregation to be grateful for all religions which value strong families and the teachings of Christ. Teach them how to serve alongside other religions to strengthen families and the community. Teach them how to set aside doctrinal differences, the appearance of endorsing others' beliefs, and political viewpoints.
- Respect all churches. Do not stand in opposition to any other churches, or preach against them. Allow all people the same privilege, to worship how they want, and what they want. Honor the good that is done among all churches in our community, and that will enable them to work together to strengthen our community.