Presents the theology for Interfaith as a faith—to love each other, act with compassion and in community—and how to make it work. Explores who might be called to Interfaith and the questions, "What can I do?" and "How can I get involved?" For anyone interested in exploring the world's spiritual paths without feeling they must abandon their own.
Rev. Steven Greenebaum
6 x 9, 176 pp | 978-1-59473-569-1
Interfaith as a Faith—A Way to Move Past Preaching about Love and Compassion to Actually Practicing Them
“A commitment to Interfaith is no small commitment. Nor is it an easy commitment. But I do believe it can be a rewarding and healing one. Interfaith widens our world. And, if we let it, Interfaith frees us from the imprisoning shackles of one of the most debilitating of all human emotions—fear of the ‘other.’”
—from Chapter 6
The interfaith movement is taking root. More and more of us are exploring it. At the same time interfaith finds itself at a crossroads. Where do we go now?
Rev. Steven Greenebaum not only suggests the faith of Interfaith as a positive way forward but also offers a practical, down-to-earth approach to a more spiritually fulfilling life. In this accessible how-to guide, Greenebaum addresses:
- What it means to practice Interfaith as a faith and why you might want to embrace it.
- Why you can choose Interfaith as a faith and still keep your own spiritual tradition.
- How to establish the necessary foundations to start an Interfaith spiritual community.
- How to choose the right minister for your Interfaith community.
- What you can expect as your community forms and grows.
- And much, much more.
Along with offering resources such as Interfaith liturgy and guides to Interfaith church governance, he includes the voices of members of the Living Interfaith Church, the community he founded, to share their whys and hows of participating in an Interfaith church.
“An intriguing discussion of sacredness ... and a call for mutual respect for diverse spiritual faiths. Discussion questions further the conversation.”
—American Library Association’s Booklist
“Sensible, balanced, and yes, practical.… An education for those who practice one faith tradition and an affirmation for those who are, often intuitively, growing into and claiming a spiritual identity that is specifically ‘interfaith.’ Laudable.”
—The Rev. John Mabry, PhD, editor, Spiritual Guidance across Religions: A Sourcebook for Spiritual Directors and Other Professionals Providing Counsel to People of Differing Faith Traditions
“New and potentially revolutionary…. This is a faith without an ‘us’ or ‘them,’ without ‘my truth’ and ‘your heresy’; a faith as inclusive and as rich as life itself…. I ask you to read it. I challenge you to live it.”
—Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author, Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent: Sacred Teachings—Annotated and Explained
“Offers practical solutions for coming together around one of the most enduring sources of conflict—religion…. Both grounded and inspiring.”
—Kathe Schaaf, coeditor, Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership: Where Grace Meets Power; cofounder, Women of Spirit and Faith
“A wise and compelling guide to living the truth that Interfaith is not about conversion but about completion—becoming a more fully developed human being. Highly recommended!”
—Imam Jamal Rahman, coauthor, Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi and an Imam
“A guide for bringing people together across boundaries…. [Does] for interfaith understanding what Eric Law’s fine books have done for multi-culturalism. As a Baptist pastor, I am deeply indebted to Steven Greenebaum for his profound understanding of our diverse faith paths and the potential of relationship between them.”
—Rev. M. Christopher Boyer, pastor, Good Shepherd Baptist Church; past president, Church Council of Greater Seattle
“An inspiring must-read both for students of interfaith and those who might want to explore Interfaith. Not only does Greenebaum give us some valuable Interfaith basics, he also provides us with a generous sharing of tools and resources for building Interfaith community.”
—Paul McKenna, Canadian interfaith educator