160 – Paul Z. Carlson

In Letters of Support by Noora Chahine

We live in an interesting period of transition as we move from more conservative, perhaps exclusive, ways of viewing our religious traditions to a broader understanding of religious experience across the human spectrum. The transition pivots around a basic point, in my view: that the diverse traditions in which each of us are rooted are no longer to be understood as exclusive claims to truth. This is a hard point to concede for many, but it is crucial for interfaith dialogue to progress. It does not mean that we give up our traditions for a moment to a composite faith, but rather that we speak to one another deeply out of the best of our traditions in the interest of a common humanity under God. We become learners and listeners, friends and companions, and ideally even workers together on a spiritual path for the good of all, especially for the most vulnerable among us. Collectively we have great power to change the course of history from violence to non-violence, war to peace, injustice to justice. I am pleased to support Interfaith Harmony Week and will be sure to speak of it in my congregation.

Country
United States

Organization
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church

Title / Position
Pastor