Right Relationships: Video and Study Guide
Psalm 133: 1
The tragic events of September 11th traumatized the entire world. In its wake, interfaith dialogue was overshadowed by discrimination, media sensationalism, and a loss of respect for people of different faiths. The Christian community must help re-open the conversation. This video and study guide are resources in starting interfaith conversations we need to have in a post-September 11th society.
Study Guide Questions
Scripture Matthew 5: 43-48; Matthew 19:19
1. What does the gospel writer say about being neighbors?
2a. What do the three women leaders say about the concept of neighbors in their respective faith traditions?
b. What are your notions of being a neighbor?
3a. What was the response of the United Methodist congregation of St. Paul & St. Andrew in New York City and the Jewish congregation of B’nai Jeshurun to the vulnerable Muslim community in the wake of 9/11?
b. How do the two congregations work together in building bridges with each other?
4a. Why is it important to distinguish between moderates and extremists among the followers of religion?
b. Especially, when it relates to the followers of Islam, why is it important to make such a distinction?
c. Rabbi Felicia Sol charged that religious leaders need to be proactive, instead of reactive, in the public square to give voice to moderate religious followers. How can you explore new ways of strengthening your voice in your community – outside of church?
5. Name places where interfaith relationships can be built in your area.
6a. According to the panelists, what should be the role of the media in covering events relating to interfaith in the 9/11-context?
b. Media monitoring tools are posted on the web site of UMWmission.org. You are invited to take part in the media monitoring activity.
7a. How do we affirm the Lordship of Jesus Christ in a religiously pluralistic world?
b. How do we fulfill our call to be witnesses?
8a. How does diversity encourage and limit our engagement with our neighbors.
b. Rev. Dr. Cheryl Dudley says, “We no longer have the luxury of being immersed in our own perspective… but we have the obligation to think beyond ourselves.” Do you agree? Why? Why not?
c. Rev. Dr. Carol Dudley encourages us to take a cue from the behavior of children, what can children teach us about being good neighbors?
9a. What is a key concern expressed by Daisy Khan?
b. What are the social issues in your community that make progress and growth stagnant?
c. How are women particularly beneficial to interfaith dialogue and social change?