Interfaith is not about ‘sameness.’

Marcus Braybrooke wrote to the Church Times:

Sir,

'Religions meet,' Evelyn Underhill wrote in her book on Mysticism, 'where religions take their source: in God.'

For many of the pioneers of the interfaith movement, it was an overwhelming sense of God's universal love that motivated them. They recognised that no language or creed can fully describe the Holy One - they are at best like fingers pointing at the moon. They discovered too that a sharing 'in the cave of their heart' of each other’s different faith and practice was mutually enriching. It also inspired them to work together for a world society committed to non-violence, in which no one is homeless or hungry, and the natural world is treasured.

Such an approach is not, as the Revd Dr Yazid Said suggests an imposition of 'sameness', but a growing discovery of  the unbounded love of God for every person and for all life.

Yours respectfully

Marcus Braybrooke


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