By Brice H Balmer
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How does her Muslim community support her? How does she grow spiritually on this phase of her journey? The advice of the interfaith community is important and demonstrates the ways each community deals with suffering, but she must find the solution within her own faith and her religion. Spirituality is living out our values, ideals, and beliefs. People develop and articulate values, ideals, and beliefs as a result of their interactions with others, their experiences, their education, and their observations.
What joy has emerged? 4. As you remember experiences of hospitality, what have you learned of God’s love and graceful presence on those occasions? a multifaith experience 53 A Multifaith Experience Our Son Married a Muslim The following is the synthesis of several interviews with a Mennonite couple in North America, whose son married a Muslim woman. First person is used because the couple has approved this telling of their experience. Our son is a deeply committed Christian. At the Mennonite college he attended, he studied Bible and theology.
Her parents, who are second- and fourth-generation Christians, continue to be active in the Christian church in India. She is frustrated with the intolerance of North Americans. “Do I want my children to be intolerant of others? Others are finding God through different paths, different religions. For many, it is their custom and their training. ” Her perspective is very different from many who have grown up in North America, where we are often raised in iso- moving toward dialogue 59 lated Christian communities with few people of other faiths in our neighborhoods, families, or schools.