Conference seeks to replace enflamed rhetoric with respect
KELLER, Texas, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Dove World Outreach Center threatens to burn Korans and causes international riots. Muslims reopen the wound of 9/11 by seeking to build a Mosque at Ground Zero. Demonization of another faith is good for fundraising, but does little to change one side or the other.
"I fully support freedom of speech and religion, but the vitriol I hear only builds a wall between us and the very people we wish to engage," argues Pastor Bob Roberts Jr.
"We have a choice of three options: 1) continue down the path of vilifying each other which gets us nowhere; 2) stick our heads in the sand and pretend there's no problem; or 3) learn how to show respect so we can build meaningful relationships. With the Global Faith Forum, we're taking the third option."
The Global Faith Forum, on November 11-13, will be at Roberts' NorthWood Church, but it will include Muslim and Jewish speakers. "This isn't feel-good, 'all-roads-lead-to-Heaven' interfaith, but rather Multifaith," he assures. "I want to see them baptized, and they want to see me become Muslim. They even think I'd be a good Imam."
"I hope to show Christians, Muslims and Jews a way that we can not only respect one another, but how we can actively work together to serve those in need around the world."
"If we seek to engage Muslims, we must respect their religion," says Roberts. "Unless we show respect for their beliefs, how can we expect them to respect ours?"
Pastor Roberts speaks from experience. Locally that includes building relationships with a Mosque and Jewish Temple, which has seen all three organizations come together to learn about one another's worship activities and to refurbish the homes of low-income families in the DFW area.
It also includes working around the world. Whether it's the United Nations or directly in other countries, he counts world leaders of many different faiths as friends.
More information and registration for the forum is available at GlobalFaithForum.org.
SOURCE NorthWood Church