Celebrating Religious Diversity
Did you know that there are over 300 different religious faiths practiced in the United States?
Our nation was founded on the principal of religious freedom. This has resulted in religious diversity in our country. And yet, we very rarely talk to people of other faiths about what makes their beliefs different than our own. Ignorance breads fear. Understanding leads to acceptance.
Participants in this fellowship with Rabbi Rachel Greengrass will learn about other faiths by visiting their houses of worship, interfacing with their clergy and teens, and comparing the beliefs of others to their own beliefs.
In our increasingly interconnected and interdependent world, we cannot afford to segregate ourselves within our synagogues, mosques and churches. Rather, we must educate ourselves and each other, thus taking a necessary first step toward global understanding and religious harmony. This fellowship is about respectful coexistence with others whose faiths, customs and views are different than our own. By exploring our differences and similarities, we strengthen our connections to the Jewish faith while building respect for the diversity of other faiths in our community.
An Unforgettable Experience
If you are curious about others, if you are a peace-seeker, a teen interested in healthy dialogue with another culture and religion, then this program is for you!
We will visit a mosque during Ramadan, attend services at an Evangelical mega-church, spend MLK Sunday at a Black Baptist Missionary Church, celebrate Dwali with Hindu neighbors, and much more!
Every month, participants will learn about different religions, visit local places of worship, and engage in conversation and study.
Apply for This Fellowship
I first got involved with the Coexist fellowship when Rabbi Greengrass and Tamara introduced the idea. This idea of meeting teens and clergy from other religions really intrigued me. After attending several services in different churches, I began to recognize what values we have in common. I also learned how these religions also put a lot of emphasis on Tikkun Olam and mitzvahs. I have enjoyed and appreciate the bonds that I have formed through this fellowship. In addition to meeting and learning with other teens, I would look forward to opportunities where we can, together, volunteer within each other’s communities and deepen these bonds.
Sabrina, CoExist Fellow