Religious Leaders Discuss Interfaith Following Showing Of 'Fremont, U.S.A.'

December 7, 2009

Author: Stephanie Fenton


Rabbis, parishioners, volunteers and interfaith workers recently participated in an active discussion following the Ann Arbor Public Library’s screening of “Fremont, U.S.A.,” a film created as part of The Pluralism Project at Harvard University. “Fremont, U.S.A.” features a personalized look at America’s changing religious and cultural landscape amid rising immigration rates and, in particular, this film focuses on Fremont, Calif., a city whose residents hail from more than 100 countries and live together respectfully.

According to co-producer Elinor Pierce, Ann Arbor and Fremont share important interfaith interests.

“Fremont, Calif., and Ann Arbor, Mich., are different in many ways, but given the large audience that came out for the screening at the public library, and the constructive interfaith discussion the following day, it is clear to me that both cities share a dedication to positive interfaith relations,” said Pierce, who is also a research director for The Pluralism Project. “We’ve studied interfaith relationships for years, and coming to a place like Ann Arbor serves to inspire and fuel our ongoing work.”