Taking our lead from the Interfaith Youth Core, three of us – a Muslim, a Jew and a Christian – sat down at one of the tables in front of the local deli extending the invitation for those who came to the deli for lunch or who were walking through the Village to stop and to say hello. In exchange for saying hello, we offered to buy them a cup of coffee. Then, we ask them “Why are we better together.” Here is what some of them shared with us:
- It is better to be talking to one another.
- We can accomplish more.
- To know our neighbors.
- Peace and love
- It works better.
- Enough of this war craziness.
- We can find common ground.
- God wants us to be connected.
- Better to be connected for peace, happiness and joy.
- That is the way it is supposed to be.
- More connection.
- We are stronger together.
- More options and opportunities
- It’s just better.
- How are we not better together?
- Less conflict
- We can count on each other.
- We can arrive at better answers.
- We are all human beings.
- We are all people. We don’t have to be racist.
- It is better to help each other.
- We are all the same.
- We need each other.
- Not being together is a bad thing.
- The combination of people of different faiths getting together leads to a greater excellence.
All this from two hours, on a cool spring day, sitting in front of a deli introducing ourselves to neighbors and asking a simple question.
Why are we better together?
What would you add to our list?