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2013 Seminar 7

Creating Communities of Respect

The Rev. Dr. Jim Ryan, CC(DC), National Association of Ecumenical and Interreligious Staff

“Tolerance” is a word that has no place in our faith vocabulary. Tolerance means, “Since I am such a nice person (just a minute while I pat myself of the back) I suppose I can tolerate (put up with) you. As people of faith, we reflect a respectful attitude whether we are in an ecumenical setting, dealing with interfaith relations or being a faith-full witness for justice among all God’s people. How do we live out a respectful attitude in local/regional ecumenical and interreligious settings and thus, lead by example, modeling civil discourse?