We now minister in a multi-faith society. Our congregants are living and working in a multi-faith world.
Our congregants of Asian-American heritage may very well attend funeral services of Buddhist family members where incense is burned.
Our church members will probably be asked during a coffee break what they make of the Dalai Lama as a spiritual guide, or what they think of Islam.Other parishioners might be enrolled in yoga classes or may have close Mormon friends. Our church members need to know how to talk about and interact constructively with those of other faith traditions.
This piece is cross-posted at The Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins and at The Christian Post.