The Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Matthew 7:12), may be the most widely-held religious principle in the world. Not only is it central to Jesus’ teachings, it is prominent in Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Sikhism, among many others. Which raises a question: If the principle is so universal, why is there so much intolerance in our nation and in the world?
Intolerance—whether it is religious intolerance or intolerance of political ideology, gender preference, age, culture, race, or ethnic group—divides, fragments, and polarizes communities.
As a church family, we are committed to addressing this critical issue: first by listening to and understanding others and then by reaching out to build bridges across the intolerance divides. But we need your help to make this Christian Bridge-Building a success. Here are some ways you can get involved:
- Read a copy of the highly-recommended book, Anatomy of Peace – Resolving the Heart of Conflict, from the Arbinger Institute (available on Amazon and elsewhere).
- Attend the Anatomy of Peace training session for laity on Wednesday, February 21, 7-8:30pm, at Annandale UMC (http://www.novaumc.org/spiritual-formation/)
In a few weeks, we will have a short information session after the Saturday service and between Sunday services. Please watch for the dates in the Friday E-News. As our nation considers major physical infrastructure improvements, let us think about ways of addressing our human infrastructure through Christian Bridge-Building.