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By Catherine on 10-25-17
Intro to how Different Faiths can Intersect
This is for those of any faith who are interested in how Christians, Jews and Muslims can open dialogue with one another and maintain respect in face of contemporary global struggles. However, Borelli is a Christian American so most of his perspective comes from the background. And because Borelli works primarily with Christian-Muslim relations, he talks a lot more about them then he does the Jews, so I wish there was more of a balanced discussion between the three faiths.
Borelli isn't the best lecturer, but after 5-10 minutes you get used to his voice so it isn't so bad. I wish when he answered questions that you could hear the question asked or that you could get the question added in during post-production of the audio. So sometimes it was hard to follow the beginning of these sections, but it didn't take away all meaning from these parts.
Nonetheless, I thought this was a good intro less-than-4 hour collection of talks about ways in which Christians, Jews and Muslims can engage in dialogue. Important take-aways include (1) recognizing that Christians and Muslims both see each other as having violent pasts, so there is no one-side to the relationship; (2) Realizing that groups like the Taliban are in fact extremists and do not reflect the desires of the vast majority of Muslims; (3) Having discussions beforehand about correct practices, such as when to bow and if is ok to engage in prayer, while attending other religions' religious services, is respectful and can avoid mishaps during the service; and (4) the greatest ground to gain in interfaith relations is in the local sector, so neighborhood religious leaders can lead by example for their communities by engaging in these meetings together.
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