Religion, Race, and Politics Complicate Building Community in Seattle
We all have a vested interest in bettering our communities, and we try hard to do what is best for our families and friends.
But, when it comes to neighbors, it’s easy to forget that we all rely on public systems that support our quality of life: e.g. schools, roads, police, safe drinking water.
We too easily fail to recognize that the rude driver who cut us off is our neighbor; that a homeless person on the street is our neighbor; that the person we are gossiping about is our neighbor; that people with different skin tones, different modes of dress, different accents … political convictions … religious practices … are nonetheless our neighbors….
Unless our religious traditions are nonsense, then every neighbor has value. Unless the underlying principles of liberal democracy are a farce, every neighbor has value.
How do Religion, Race, and Politics interact to affect our sense of community?
We gather for the 16th Annual Multifaith Summit because now is the time for us to come together, as neighbors, to overcome our differences and learn how to work together to better our communities. @multifaithquest