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Race. Gender. Sexual Orientation. All are aspects of humanity’s grand diversity, and all are important to consider in today’s increasingly diverse and globally connected world. Yet in today’s highly charged climate, perhaps no other aspect is more crucial to our future than our understanding of religious diversity. In fact, it might be said that the fate of our world depends upon our ability to understand and even embrace religious differences—otherwise we risk global annihilation in the name of God.
The main challenge we face is self-righteousness—the belief that there is only one way to worship the Divine, and that “our way” is “the only true way” to do so. Such one-sided beliefs are no longer sustainable in a multi-cultural, multi-faith world. If we are to survive as a species, we must learn to respect religious diversity. Tolerance is the bare minimum of what is called for—yet what is truly needed is deep acceptance and mutual respect for different belief systems. And these can only come with self-inquiry, an open mind and heart, and the willingness to question our beliefs.
In this informative and challenging workshop, Christian de la Huerta shares his experience spending much of his adult life questioning the beliefs with which he was raised, and seeking answers to the spiritual questions that have plagued humanity. He believes that there is no greater challenge for our species today than learning how to accept, and find congruence with, the religious beliefs of others. With the goal of slowly turning the world away from religious intolerance, towards mutual acceptance and understanding, you will learn:
- A holistic overview of global religious traditions
- New ways to open your mind to religious diversity
- Gracious ways to respond to self-righteousness
- Strategies that can be used to open the minds of others