I missed it.
Better Together Day.
A day sponsored and supported by the Interfaith Youth Core on which 5000 people from across the country took a few moments to talk with each other about their religious and non-religious worldviews, to share their values and to learn from each other.
What a novel idea.
As is talking to one another and listening to one another and learning from one another. In a culture and a political climate which does everything in its power to pit you against me and us against them, listening to someone else becomes a counter-cultural act because the moment I put a name and face on the other, the harder it is to swallow the rhetoric or revert to inaccurate stereotypes. In the end I still may not agree, but if I listen well I may, at least, begin to understand.
I already have the April 7th on my 2017 calendar.
And a game plan in mind.
Table at the local deli down the street.
Joined by a friend who is a Rabbi and another friend who is Muslim.
A free cup of coffee for whoever will sit for a moment and talk with us.
And, then see what happens.
I bet it will be great.
Because, after all, despite what they tell you we are better together.
P.S. And these thank yous for those who have helped me be better…
- Rabbi David Greenberg and Rabbi Jason Nevarez and friends at Temple Shaaray Tefila
- Dina Elshakry-Hafez and the members of the Upper Westchester Muslim Society
- The Paul Briggs and the Rev. Merle McJunkin and the Rev. Kym McNair and the members of Antioch Baptist Church
I am who I am because of who we are together.