What do you think about this?

Since I don’t go to any church I feel like I don’t have much authority to say anything on my blog. So I’m specifically wondering what my church-going friends think of this. Would you allow people of different religions to worship at your church or on your church’s property?

I will say that Austin Area Interreligious Ministries, if it does what it means to do, sounds like a great organization.


4 Responses

  1. When Muslims allow Jews to worship in their sacred buildings, then I’ll answer the question. 🙂

  2. Why would they not realize the service wasn’t going to be completely Christian oriented? It’s organized by an interreligious organization.

    Baptists can be so dumb. (I can say that because I was raised as one.)

  3. The church is within its rights to decide that the practice of another religion on its property can not take place.

    However, I have to agree with Kimmits: Didn’t they realize AHEAD of time that the INTERFAITH Alliance intended for individuals of other faiths to practice their respective religions? That hosting the event was not an opportunity to proselytize?

    I imagine what happened is some forward-thinking member of the church administration or membership moved forward and invited the AIA to hold their event at the church’s facilities. Then someone else got wind of the plans and raised a stink. Churches are generally picture-perfect examples of what a big mess people can be when they try to run an organization as a group. 🙂

  4. I think what I always think as a woman who was raised in the Southern Baptist church – good grief! There are certain tenets of the Baptist Church that I love. I love that they see children as sinless and thus do not baptize them until they are old enough to make their own decision about joining the church and behaving in a “godly” way. I love that Baptists believe that every person has a personal relationship to God that needs no intermediary. With that said, when I hear about things like this (and those wackos in Kansas who picket military funerals), I hate to admit that I admire anything about the Baptist faith.

    I was lucky. When I was a teenager and decided to go back to church, I joined a Baptist church that was near a Jewish synagogue, a Catholic church, and a Lutheran church. The minister at my church worked very hard to have the youth groups from all of these places of worship interact with one another. My Jewish boyfriend was welcomed at social events at my church and was never asked to change his beliefs while there (at least not to my knowledge.)

    I have dated a Jewish man and a Hindu man. I have been friends with Muslims, Buddhists, Taoists, and people of other religions as well. I really don’t get the whole one religion has to be superior thing. I think they all basically lead to the same peace, and I think since God is bigger and smarter than us, he doesn’t have to fit into the little boxes we try to fit him in within our religious organizations. (And by the way, although I use he for ease of grammar, I also believe that God does not have a gender.)

    I also think our constant need to separate our faith from others’ faiths and make one superior is what leads to the extremists among us. Extremists do not represent their religions. They use religion to justify evil and dangerous deeds meant to hurt and destroy others.

    Hyde Park Baptist was wrong in their decision. Interfaith does not mean various Christian groups, it means all groups. Also, the most important thing the leaders of a church can do is to model godly behavior and turning away those in need is NOT godly in any way, shape, or form. Maybe if they participated in the activities instead of just sitting back to judge them, they could increase their acceptance of others and be happier members of the community.


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