Teatime for Peace: Agenda
Introduction/Interfaith Call to Friendship
Two 20-minute Conversation Periods
Complete a name badge by putting your name across the top and your faith or practice underneath. (This will help identify someone of another faith and facilitate the one-on-one conversations we want to have.)
Make a plate and return to your table and ready for the first one-on-one conversation by 5:40pm. There will be two 20-minute sessions in all.
Find one or more people with whom you’d like to have your one-on-one conversation.
We gather today as a diverse body of people from many faiths and traditions.
We do not speak the same language of worship.
We follow different teachings known to us by sacred voices and scriptures through the ages. We do not utter the same prayers, nor do we even use the same word, if any word at all, to speak the name of God.
Nevertheless, we gather together in kinship.
In our gathering, we honor and celebrate our diversity. We do not seek a unity that would deny our differences. We seek rather a deeper union, a union woven through Choice of intent
Through time and attention Through respect and compassion
Until we recognize that we have become a whole cloth – a cloth made rich and textured and vibrant through our differences.
Each of us can hear, in the beating of our own hearts, the ancient rhythm of the loom at work.
We are woven together.
We are bound to one another Let us gather in friendship.
Adapted from Interfaith Call to Friendship by Kathleen McTigue
Thank You for Participating
Welcome to Teatime for Peace
Teatime for Peace welcomes you as friends, and asks that we depart as families, a network of common interests holding back bigotry and hatred.
Meet as many people as you can, yet concentrate on your personal growth through
one-on-one conversations with new acquaintances.
Leave tonight knowing you put forth your best effort to build bridges, and that you’ve planted seeds to continue.
1. Share an experience you have had with a faith tradition other than your own such as going to a Bar Mitzvah, wedding, baptism, funeral or retreat. What impressions do you have?
2. Do you have a story about your family’s history with this country? Did they immigrate to the U.S.? Were they native born? Did your family come by force or choice?
3. Identify three values that are important to you and are connected to your faith tradition or upbringing. Who or what helped you develop these values? Why are they important to you?
4. Share a story about your first experience with discrimination. What left an impression on you? How did you handle, or manage your feelings?
5. What stereotypes or misconceptions have you picked up from the media or other sources about different faith traditions, orientations, races or views?
6. How does your religion reflect the culture you are from, or does it?
7. What are you feeling in your soul or spirit? Is there something helping you “hold on?”