Interfaith Group Picks Up Steam

January 26, 2007

Author: Gloria LaBounty

Source: The Sun Chronicle

The second interfaith gathering in the city has sparked the start of regular dialogue among representatives of various religious groups.

A noontime meeting Thursday at LaSalette Shrine drew 17 people from traditions that included Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Catholic, Protestant, evangelical Christian and Native American.

What they agreed to was to begin meeting monthly to get to know one another, and to better understand each other's traditions and beliefs.

That agreement came after the Rev. John Sullivan of LaSalette Shrine, who moderated the meeting, suggested that the group, which met for the first time two months ago, plan a prayer pilgrimage for peace in late May.

The event would start at Al-Noor Academy, a Muslim school in Mansfield, and participants would walk 10 miles to the shrine in Attleboro, where an interfaith program would be held.

Steve Fullerton, a parishioner at St. John the Evangelist Church in Attleboro who initiated the first interfaith gathering in November, said the intent of forming an interfaith group is to celebrate the differences among religions, and to discover the similarities.

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