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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Who are my neighbors? Reach out and build trust -- Nov. 1

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017

8:00 am -- We'll speak with a spiritual leader of the Islamic Society of Western Maryland, Imam Faruq Post, about efforts by him and other interfaith leaders to build trust among people of differing faiths. What might be some of the more effective ways to fight hate -- moving beyond stereotypes (read all Muslims are "terrorists") -- in this age of polarization and fear? One method mentioned at an interfaith gathering at a Christian church near Shepherdstown last week is by reaching out to meet and serve neighbors who are diverse -- ethnically, socio-economically or in their religious beliefs -- by becoming actively involved as a volunteer in community organizations. And talk about your differences, said Imam Post  < > and Joel Rainey, Ph.D., lead pastor of Covenant Church < >, which hosted the gathering. "Disagreement is fine," said Rainey. "In fact, disagreement is to be expected." But disrespect, he added, "is never okay."

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