Speaking freely of God

Religion naturally includes deeply held beliefs, truths so meaningful that people have given their lives for them. Christian, who cherish the cross, and Jews with their Star of David are just two of many groups striving to reach understanding. Islam's crescent and star gives pride to many nations. The yin and yang of Chinese philosophy, the eight-spoked wheel of Buddhism, and the Hindu symbol for Om are becoming increasingly familiar.

With all this diversity, sometimes there are gaps in communication that need to be overcome. In this issue, we look at some of the ways this can be accomplished. "Religious liberty and the hidden issue" offers guidance in analyzing differences of outlook—particularly from the standpoint of Christian healing—and finding common ground. "Eliminating religious discrimination" takes this idea further as one woman speaks of healing in her marriage to a man whose mother despised her because of differences in their religions.

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