Course: Interfaith Dialogue and Collaboration (2022)
Faculty Mentor: Anne Perry
Student: Douglas Perry
This course has had a tremendous personal impact on my approach to interfaith activities. I now have a good understanding of the dynamics of the current interfaith movement: what efforts work or don’t work; how the interfaith community can exemplify unity in service; but most importantly, what is the highest calling for me as a Bahá’í-to grow in acceptance, understanding, appreciation, and love for those on other spiritual paths.
As a result of taking this course, I am going to become an active participant and supporter in two accessible interfaith groups: the Southern Indiana Interfaith Initiative (SoIN) based in Jeffersonville, and the Indiana Multifaith Network based in Indianapolis. In addition, I will become a regular donor to the Center for Interfaith Cooperation in Indianapolis, which used to be the regular physical meeting place of the Indianapolis Bahá’í Community in the years before they built their own Bahá’í Center.
After being a Bahá’í for over 50 years, being active in the interfaith movement will open a new pathway of service for me!