by Rev. Barry King
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an Interfaith Ministry?
have now worked in the Interfaith Ministry for almost 25 years.
When I started in the ministry, the idea of an interfaith community
and the notion of a personal connection to Spirit was a mystery
to most and an affront to some. Today, it is gratifying to see
that there has been a positive change towards embracing diversity
and towards a more inclusive positive spirituality.
There is, however,
still much to do. One of the reasons, I dedicated myself to the
Interfaith Ministry because of the intolerance and misunderstanding
of other spiritual paths I saw and experienced in my search for
a positive form of spiritual practice. This intolerance of other
ways meant that there were loving souls who worshiped the God
of their understanding and because of this, they lived in fear.
These people lived in fear because their faith has taken them
along a different path. They were persecuted because they understood
God differently. These people could have been you or me. They
loved their children. They were kind and considerate and lived
on the whole a Spiritual life. If we have learned anything, it
should be that enough wars have been fought in the name of God’s
Love and that enough souls have suffered at the hands of those
who would "save" them because they are different. The
message of the interfaith ministry is a simple one, “The
paths are many paths, the truth is one - love thy neighbour.”
God is Love
It has always seemed
inconceivable to me that people should suffer because they worship
and love God. It is so sad that some souls feel that they need
to fear God or that they need to instill in others a fear of God.
I believe that to fear God is to pervert a basic truth - “God
is Love. A loving God does not punish those who seek understanding
and who are doing their best to meet the challenges they have
chosen in this life. It is the nature of the spiritual seeker
to challenge their perception of the world that they live in to
grow in understanding and awareness. Much has been accomplished
by those challenging the universally accepted truths of their
time. We are the benefactors of truth seekers throughout the ages.
I am pleased to say
that the notion of an Interfaith community is much more acceptable
today than it was 25 years ago. It is true that many still have
a difficult time understanding how a Ministry can exists which
embraces all traditions. We celebrate the ceremony, symbols and
articulations of God’s message of love through all traditions.
It should also be noted that we encourage our members to reject
the negative thought forms grounded in the physical such as intolerance,
hatred, jealousy, greed, fear, etc.. These are by nature not spiritual
qualities and we believe they should have no place in spiritual
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