Methodists Split On Interfaith Classes

July 19, 2010

Author: Bob Smietana

Source: WBIR/The Tennessean

As a seminary student, the Rev. Jeremy Squires 
learned most of what he needed to know to be a 
Methodist preacher, but he didn't learn much about 
other faiths, like Islam or Buddhism. 

That's left Squires, pastor of Pleasant View United 
Methodist church in Cheatham County, feeling like 
he's at a disadvantage, especially now that America 
continues to grow more religiously diverse. 

When questions come up about other faiths, like the proposed mosque in Murfreesboro, Squires is not always sure how to advise his congregation. "There is so much that we don't know about each other,'' he said.