Three Faiths Mingle During Day Of Outreach

May 26, 2009

Author: Debra Rubin

Source: New Jersey Jewish News

In an afternoon devoted to music, discussion, and food, hundreds of Jews, Muslims, and Christians discovered they had more in common than what divided them.

The participants in the May 17 Interfaith Ride of Discovery traveled from Temple B’nai Shalom in East Brunswick to St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in East Brunswick and ended at the Islamic Society of Central Jersey in Monmouth Junction.

Many participants rode together in buses draped with large banners bearing a star of David, a crescent, and a cross.

The event was the result of an initiative proposed last year by Rep. Rush Holt (D-Dist. 12), whose district includes parts of Monmouth, Middlesex, and Mercer counties.

Speaking at the panel discussion at the mosque, Holt said he expected the ride would be a first step in an ongoing process, a sentiment that was echoed by representatives of all three faiths.

“We are the most religiously diverse country in the world,” he said. “What makes this country so great is its nonestablishment of religion.”

This allowed many religions and cultures to flourish, he said.

See also: Interfaith