If you live in or near Metro Atlanta, and are interested in joining the great conversation between persons of different religions, faiths, and/or wisdom traditions, here are a few online resources to get you started:
- ATLANTA INTERFAITH LEADERS FELLOWSHIP — An informal organization for bringing together persons of all faiths who share an interest in interfaith world. The fellowship’s mission is “to provide a gathering place where persons engaged in interfaith work can share ideas and experiences for the purposes of support and inspiration.”
- FAITH ALLIANCE OF METRO ATLANTA — FAMA emerged in response to the tragedy of September 11th, 2001. Its mission is “to promote respect, understanding, prayer, interaction and unity among diverse faiths in the Atlanta region and to advance the influence and voice of the faith community for the common good.” FAMA’s board of directors features members from all major faith traditions. The board plans bi-monthly assemblies for the public to encourage interfaith experiences and awareness.
- WORLD PILGRIMS — Associated with FAMA, World Pilgrims sponsors interfaith pilgrimages for Jews, Christians, Muslims and adherents to other faiths, who travel together to a land with religious significance for each faith. According to the World Pilgrims website, “By sharing the sacred journey, true dialogue and learning take place. The participants deepen their personal faith by visiting some of the most sacred sites of their religious tradition; gain an appreciation of the shared elements of the three religious traditions, as well as an understanding and respect for the differences; and establish personal friendships with pilgrims from all three faith traditions, even in the midst of the complexities of the contemporary Middle East.”
There’s much more, including an interfaith Habitat for Humanity team, interfaith storytelling circles, an interfaith immersion experience (in which participants visit houses of worship or study connected with five faith traditions) and more. Visit Ben Campbell Johnson’s Website to learn more (Ben is an “elder statesman” of the Atlanta Interfaith Community, and is one of my heroes).