"It takes a new kind of reading of the Bible"

Patience. Understanding. Courage. Love.

Old words, but not outmoded, says a clergyman deeply committed to improving relations between those of different faiths. As Inter-religious Affairs Director of the American Jewish Committee, Rabbi James Rudin works actively to bring about better understanding between Jews and Christians, as well as among those of other faiths.

It may sometimes seem as though those who believe differently also speak different languages. For instance, Rabbi Rudin might speak of the goal of dialogue or mutual understanding, while the Christian Scientist interviewer might frame it in terms of healing hatred or prejudice. And yet, whatever the terminology or even the differing views of ultimate reality, it's clear that there's need of far more love in this world right now and far less disdain; more openness and less prejudice. After all, the slaying of millions for their religious beliefs or race doesn't belong to ancient 'uncivilized" eras, but to our own.

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Healing through prayer
June 15, 1992

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