Walking with Jesus while acknowledging the possibility of other legitimate paths

For many, the life, death and resurrection of Jesus have provided a way of living that is deeply transformational and connected to God. Following in the path of Jesus means, at its core, that love of God, neighbor and self are practiced together in concrete ways. Living life in this way, even if not done in the name of Jesus, bears the identity of Christ. Of course, following this path does not deny the possibility of other legitimate paths. Engaging in thoughtful and generous dialogue with those of other faith traditions stretches and strengthens Christian faith while fostering peace. 
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“The Long Road to Freedom” by Jacqui Lewis

SERMONS  |  Convergence Network

Dr. Jacqui Lewis is Senior Minister Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village of Manhattan. Middle Church is a dynamic 900-member multiracial, multicultural, inclusive congregation in which everyone is welcome just as they are as they come through the door. Lewis is also the Executive Director of The Middle Project, an institute that prepares ethical leaders for a more just society....

Pulpit Fiction Podcast

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Convergence Network

Pulpit Fiction Podcast: Lectionary Podcast for Preachers, Seekers and Bible Geeks

Robb and Eric met in class at Eden Theological Seminary, got to know each other while playing volleyball on Eden's church league team, and became friends after the games over pizza, wings, beer, and Police Trainer at Smugala's.  

Robb and Sarah and Eric and Nina spent almost every weekend together while they were in seminary, and are still able to get together every once in awhile.  This picture was taken over Thanksgiving weekend, 2013.  They share a common passion for justice, mercy, and an abiding love for Jesus.  They also a share a love for good scotch, the Bears (we won't talk about baseball), Anchorman, The Office, and Star Wars.
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Commentary on John 4:5-42

COMMENTARY  |  Brian McLaren

John 4 represents the founding narrative for the presence of a considerable number of Samaritans in the Johannine community....

WOMEN GATHER

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

The Relational Body

COMMENTARY  |  Søren Lorenzen

Isaiah 40 - 66

This resource is a short analysis on the concept of name in Isa 40-66. It reveals how human beings universally are called by name, given an ultimate narrative and is deemed honorable by sheer existence. Further, it illuminates how human beings are intersubjectively connected and are responsible for each other in our differing proximate contexts....

No, We Don't Worship The Same God (Do We?)

COMMENTARY  |  BrandanRobertson

A brief article about the unique conceptions of God that each person creates and how we must learn to live in theological humility. ...

The Worst Resurrection Story

SERMONS  |  Sam Altis

John 21:1-14

http://www.crosswalknapa.org/blog/2017/4/28/the-worst-resurrection-story

The Resurrection Story can be told in many ways. ...

Breathed to Breathe

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

John 20:19-25

http://www.crosswalknapa.org/blog/2017/4/23/breathed-to-breathe

You are loved by God, animated by the very breath of God to carry you through, so that you may breathe life into people and situations where death threatens in myriad forms. 
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Jesus and HomoSexuality

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Gen 2:20-25, Romans 1:18-27, 1 Timothy 1:10, Leviticus 18:22 20:13

http://www.crosswalknapa.org/blog/2017/3/11/jesus-and-homosexuality

Think about this statement: Loving, covenanted, same-gender sexual expression can be compatible with being a committed follower of Christ....

BRIDGING THE DIVIDE PODCAST

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Luke 18

http://www.storydivine.com/?p=381

A PODCAST on BRIDGING THE DIVIDE...

Interdependence Day Independence Day

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

Deuteronomy 10:17-21; Psalm 145; Hebrews 11:8-16; Matthew 5:43-48

http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/stw/2013/06/13/independence-day-2013/

Interdependence Day and Independence Day

Independence Day, let’s also think of it as “Interdependence Day”; a day when we celebrate not only being free from unjust rule but also a day when we commit ourselves anew to extending liberty and justice to everyone who seeks it, without partiality.
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Just Don’t Do It! Or Twice the Sons of Hell

COMMENTARY  |  Floyd Thompkins

Matthew 23:15 Romans 8:1

Any sentence that starts with “If I were them” will end in a self-righteous and conceited place. The plain facts are that we are not they; we don’t know what we would do! We just boost about pretend courage without paying the price of real world circumstances. The only thing that is real, relevant and therefore important is our reaction to people or persons who made decisions that they now know were bad, ill advised or destructive. This will tell them who we are! 
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Called For a Purpose: podcast

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

Isaiah 42:1-9

https://faithelement.net/9-03-called-for-a-purpose/

We feel acceptable or unacceptable in God's Eyes... A podcast on perspective regarding who God loves. ...

Salt and Light: Living a Faithful Life Podcast

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

Mathew 5: 13-20

https://faithelement.net/9-06-salt-and-light/

Podcast

We take a look at a popular passage that calls for Christians to be “salt and light” in the world. What can we learn about living a faithful life by looking more closely at the nature and use of both salt and light?

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On Being — The Equation of Change

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Brian McLaren and Krista Trippett in an On Being conversation on the evolution of Christianity and the meaning of progressive Evangelicalism.

“Let’s go back and look at our faith before it was reduced to a system, before it was reduced to a system of abstractions and beliefs. How can we rediscover our faith as a series of stories and as a series of encounters?” — Brian McLaren
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At Least As Many Ways (to God): A Poem

WORSHIP  |  Chris Neufeld-Erdman

John 10.16 Acts 10.34-35

Here's a poetic vision for a faith open to a God who is not contained by any particular religious tradition.  It's a lyrical, playful, inventive dialog and teases the reader open to the many ways into the heart of the Divine.  

Useful as a meditation in worship or a guided meditation in a small group with conversation to follow.  ...

Not Like Me: A one person monologue to use in worship

WORSHIP  |  This We Affirm

http://sacredise.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/NotLikeMe.pdf

Creative ways to Worship with a Monologue

Not Like Me: A one person dialogue ...

You Are What You Eat: The Body of Christ

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

John 6:51-52, Ezekiel 3:1-4

http://sacredise.com/articles/articles-title/you-are-what-you-eat/

John van de Laar writes about mindful eating, communion and Ezekiel 3....

Podcast: Interfaith: Jesus, Buddha, Mohammad, Christopher Columbus

COMMENTARY  |  Brian McLaren

http://mcconline.org/series/brian-mclaren/

A Podcast on Interfaith dialogue...

Ascension: Why are you Gazing at the Sky

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

Acts 1:9-11, Daniel 7:13-14

https://joshuaadamscott.com/2017/05/25/why-are-you-gazing-at-the-sky/

Ascension: Gazing at the Sky and finding Jesus...

Faith and Aging

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

Standing Against Islamophobia

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

http://bjconline.org/standing-against-islamophobia/

Standing for justice and against violence against Muslims...

Voices in Wartime

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

http://voicesinwartime.org

Video about Poems for Peace and War...

Singing the Refuge: Worship and the Interreligious Family

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Margaret Ellsworth discusses her interreligious family (Christian and Buddhist) and the complexity of navigating both faiths....

From Diversity to Pluralism

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

"All of America’s diversity, old and new, does not add up to pluralism." 

This article, presented by The Pluralism Project at Harvard University, explores the concept of pluralism and why it is important in the United States today....

Practicing Pluralism and Protecting Religious Freedom

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

This Patheos article discusses Rev. Dana Trent and Alicia Chandler's work on pluralism in their lives, and also the affects of pluralism in mission work....

The Eternal Way

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Richard Rohr

The Center for Action and Contemplation discusses Christianity and Hinduism....

Welcoming Children Into God's Creation

CHILDREN  |  This We Affirm

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/ecopreacher/2017/04/welcoming-children-gods-creation/

Ideas on how to engage children in God's Creation: 4 ideas...

Trump And A Post- Truth World by Ken Wilber

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

The election of Donald Trump is an evolutionary self-correction that has been decades in the making — a backlash against the failure of the leading edge of consciousness (postmodernism and pluralism) to acknowledge the lie underlying the progress they’ve pursued: it’s not equal, it’s not consistent, and it doesn’t make room for everyone. But a new integral force is emerging that can move beyond the narcissism and nihilism of political correctness to offer genuine leadership and move towards a developmental-based wisdom of greater wholeness....

A Return to Heart of Christ Consciousness | Video Curriculum

SMALL GROUPS  |  This We Affirm

Luke 17:21

If you are concerned about how you are to practice as a Christian given the ethical, moral and financial scandals that some Christian churches are currently experiencing, it can be perplexing. If this dilemma is what has brought you here today, you are not alone. Many of us faced with the prospect of abandoning Christianity all together are looking to a more positive path that is currently emerging. If Christianity or the church seems to be failing you at the moment, try Jesus instead. This video series offers insights into integral Christianity and the religion of tomorrow. ...

Arinna Weismann: Privilege and the Practice of Buddhism

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Sam Altis

Sam Altis interviews Arinna Weisman.  She discusses her family history and what practicing Buddhism means for her....

Baptism and Inclusion

SERMONS  |  Ben Daniel

Matthew 3:13-17

"Baptism and Inclusion" is a reflection on the story of Jesus' baptism and upon the sacrament of baptism. The sermon envisions the possibility that baptism can be understood as a commitment by the church to care for people of every religious tradition. ...

Is Jesus the Only Way?

SERMONS  |  Ben Daniel

John 14:1-14

"Is Jesus the Only Way" explores the possibility that Christians historically have misused Jesus words John 14:7 ("I am the way the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father buy my me") to answer a question not being asked in the text. The sermon suggests John 14:7 need not stand in the way of the practice of an inclusive faith that honors and respects other religious traditions. ...

The Paganism of St. Paul

SERMONS  |  Ben Daniel

Acts 17:16-34

The Bible is full of surprises. Among the unexpected bits of scripture is a story from Acts in which Paul quotes prayers to Zeus as while introducing Jesus to the the people of Athens. "The Paganism of St. Paul" reflects on what Paul's use of paganism might mean for Christians today....

Dr. Ghazala Anwar: Understanding Islam

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Sam Altis

From abetterstorypodcast.com:

"In a time where misinformation about Islam is running wild, Dr. Ghazala Anwar (Graduate Theological Union) talks about the heart of Muslim faith and what it's like to be Muslim in America today. As always, if you're digging the intro and outro music, give Light Theory's music a listen."...

Studying Islam as a Christian Historian

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Amy Poppinga discusses what it is like to be one the first people to study Islam from a historical perspective and not from missions perspective.  She also discusses how studying Islam has affected her own Christian faith....

Pluralism Episode 1: The Faith of Jesus In a Pluralistic World

COMMENTARY  |  Darkwood Brew

Increasingly, people are recognizing that the survival of the human race depends upon adherents of the major world religions coexisting peacefully with one another. Yet many Christians wonder how peace is possible apart from conversion to Christianity, particularly in light of Jesus’ statement, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Is it possible to take these words seriously without denying the existence of other paths God may create for humanity? The very future of Christianity and civilization may depend upon our answer. In this series, we will discover how this question is being answered and lived in surprising and hopeful ways.

Episode one of this series is available free to This We Affirm subscribers.
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Darkwood Brew Subscriber Discount

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Darkwood Brew

Download this resource to access special Darkwood Brew content exclusively for This We Affirm subscribers....

Why Christians Shouldn't Point Fingers

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Justin Lee

Justin Lee discusses the importance of loving as Christ loves.  In the wake of the Pulse shooting, not sympathizing with LGBTQ people and blaming Muslim people at the same time....

Too Many Churches, Not Enough Christians

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Buzz Dixon discusses the need for Christians to return to the Church (capital C) and leave church behind....

A Bird's Eye Look at Rene Girard's Mimetic Theory

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Matthew Distefano discusses the Bible and how it shows cultural growth in not scapegoating, but giving the perspective of the victim....

The Truth about what I Think about Individual Conservative Christians

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Sheri Faye Rosendahl

Sheri Faye Rosendahl discusses how she engages with American Conservative Christians, despite their polarizing differences in theology....

I Don't Want to be an American Christian, I Just Want to Follow Jesus

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Sheri Faye Rosendahl

Sheri Faye Rosendahl discusses her difficulty identifying with Christianity, while also wanting to follow the ways of Jesus....

Cultivating Change

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

A case study following Tom Spencer, the CEO of an interfaith organization in Austin.

Part 2: http://pluralism.org/case-study/cultivating-change-b/...

Christian faith and religious pluralism

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Ted Grimsrud discusses living out shalom and what pluralism for Christians means....

What is Inclusive Christianity and Interfaith Ministry?

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

An informative resource detailing pluralism and Inclusive Christianity....

Christianity and Other Religions

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Wikipedia article containing multiple resources on Christianity and it's relationship with many other religions....

Jesus for Muslims

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

From the Muslimah Next Door:

"Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post submitted to me by my friend, Maha Elgenaidi, the CEO of Islamic Network Groups. It is the repost of a sermon given by Pastor Rebecca Irelan in support of Wheaton College Prof. Larycia Hawkins and about what Christians can learn from the Muslim view of the Prophet Jesus. 
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/muslimahnextdoor/2016/01/jesus-for-muslims-a-sermon-by-rev-dr-rebecca-i..."
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Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

A resource including letters from the Vatican to those celebrating non-Christian holidays....

Christ and Other Religions

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Information about how Christ is viewed in some non-Christian religions....

Jesus and Muhammad are Brothers

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

A message from CAIR on how Muhammad viewed Jesus....

John Inazu: Confident Pluralism

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

America wasn’t meant to be homogeneous. A bedrock princi- ple of our nation is its ability to accommodate diverse beliefs and practices, but this is challenging and citizens of the U.S. are more polarized than ever. Professor and author John In- azu thinks that we can live together peacefully and honor our differences. He’ll talk about how we can practice tolerance rather than protest, humility rather than defensiveness, and patience rather than coercion....

Michelle Higgins, John Inazu, Greg Thompson: Race and Pluralism

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

This is the Q&A talkback featuring Michelle Higgins, John Inazu, and Greg Thompson on Race and Pluralism. This was recorded at Q Denver, April 21-23, 2016....

Religious Pluralism: Seeing Religions Again with Marcus Borg

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Best-selling author Marcus Borg, Professor in Religion and Culture, uses a interdisciplinary approach to examine the role and importance of religions and religious pluralism in contemporary life in this presentation at UCSD. [3/2002] [Humanities] [Show ID: 5968]...

Fremont, U.S.A.

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

U.S.A offers a glimpse of religious diversity on the local level: Fremont, California is a city transformed by new immigration. A rajagopuram rises in a tidy suburban neighborhood, announcing the vital presence of the Hindu community. The diversity of the global Buddhist community is also in evidence, as Thai, Chinese, and Burmese temples—and a women’s monastic retreat center—dot the landscape. Fremont is home to Peace Terrace, where Muslims and Christians have built side by side, and Gurdwara Road, where a large Sikh community engages in creative forms of outreach. Through civic engagement and interfaith action, strangers have become neighbors in this American city. Yet Fremont has also faced real challenges, especially after 9/11. When Alia Ansari, a Muslim woman, is murdered, some wonder if it was a hate crime: Was she killed because of her headscarf? How will the wider community respond? Produced and directed by Rachel Antell and Elinor Pierce. Narrated by Dr. Diana L. ...

The Pluralism Project

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Harvard University's The Pluralism Project is a website dedicated to knowledge of pluralism.  It includes articles, case studies, and interviews....

The Tri-Faith Initiative

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Fostering authentic relationships of trust and respect is a challenging and urgent task in our increasingly complex and global society....

Side By Side Comparison Lens

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

The Side by Side Lens allows you to create an easy to read comparison chart for up to three differing religious traditions. Select your traditions from the drop down menus. You can click on the major sections on each chart you build, in order to see more detailed comparisons.
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/library/lenses/side-by-side#qzt4prEFCUJ1sTL7.99
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Library of World Religions and Faith Traditions

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Written by the world's leading authorities on religion and spirituality, the Patheos Library offers the most accurate and balanced information available on the web.In this section, you’ll find a list of the top 50 Major Religious traditions, arranged by origin. For each, Patheos offers thorough, peer-reviewed, encyclopedic information that helps readers understand its origins, history, beliefs, rituals, ethics, and community structures.
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/library#dPxQcfBuuQcmqX5S.99
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Islam Origins, Islam History, Islam Beliefs

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

An informative page on the faith of Islam....

Teachers

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

A teacher's portal for researching different faiths....

Global Centre for Pluralism

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

One of our key aims is to encourage people to talk about pluralism. To help spur discussion, we make key texts from our Annual Pluralism Lectures and Partnership Events available here.


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Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Resources to help uphold American values and stand besides brothers and sisters of Islamic faith....

A Rabbi speaks to a Christian Church about the Three Pillars of Judaism

SERMONS  |  Eric Elnes

Deuteronomy 15:11

Rabbi Brian Stoller, Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel in Omaha, Nebraska, whose congregation is the Jewish partner in Omaha's Tri-Faith Initiative (www.trifaith.org), addresses Countryside Community Church (UCC) - the Christian Tri-Faith Partner - concerning three distinctive gifts that Judaism contributes to the Tri-Faith conversation.  His address, entitled "Torah, Prayer, and Acts of Kindness: The Three Pillars of Judaism is divided into three sections on this video....

The Gift of Hope - A Rabbi offers a Christian congregation a Jewish perspective on hope in a Messiah

SERMONS  |  Eric Elnes

Micah 4:1-4

Rabbi Aryeh Azriel, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Israel in Omaha, Nebraska - the Jewish congregational partner in Omaha's Tri-Faith Initiative (www.trifaith.org)  shares with Countryside Community Church (UCC) why Jews do not believe that Jesus is the Messiah, and offers his understanding of Jewish hope. While this sermon may be challenging for some Christians, its delivery is respectful and deeply felt.  It also illuminates much common ground that Judaism and Christianity share despite their differing opinions of Jesus' identity....

3 Free Downloads from the Convergence Music Project

WORSHIP  |  Convergence Music Project

The Convergence Music Project offers great new worship music with language and theology that is totally in sync with This We Affirm. The songs on the site are indexed in many different ways to make it EASY for you to find the exact song you need for any specific moment in worship. 

As a subscriber, you can access 3 free songs and their related sheet music products. Checkout with this resource in your cart and you'll receive a code giving you access to your songs, which can be downloaded 
one song at a time from the Convergence Music Project. The code can be used up 3 times for 3 free downloads.



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Converging Paths Interview with Bud Heckman, Exec. Dir. of the Tri-Faith Initiative

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews Bud Heckman, the Executive Director of Omaha, NE's Tri-Faith Initiative (www.trifaith.org), where a Jewish synagogue, an Islamic mosque, and a Christian church are co-locating to a 35-acre Commons in order to move from interfaith dialog to interfaith community.  Bud talks about the project and his experiences of God that have shaped his personal and vocational life.  30 min. interview....

Converging Paths Interview with Donna Knutson

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews author, interfaith minister, spiritual director, Donna Knutson about "God experiences" and how they continue to shape her personal and vocational path.  Donna is the author of Finding God on Mayberry Street: Seasons of Spirituality In Poems and Reflections....

Converging Paths Interview with Eric Elnes

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews ... himself!  In this podcast he speaks about two significant "Road to Damascus" experiences he had that continue to shape is personal and professional life.  Elnes is the author of a number of books, including Gifts of the Dark Wood: Seven Blessings for Spiritual Wanderers (and Other Skeptics), and The Phoenix Affirmations: A New Vision for the Future of Christianity - the first commentary on the 12 Phoenix Affirmations that are used as an organizing structure for ThisWeAffirm.org's website.  A 2007 documentary, The Asphalt Gospel, film was made about his walk across the U.S. with CrossWalk America to raise awareness of the twelve Phoenix Affirmations....

Converging Paths Interview with Maryanne Stevens, RSM

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews Dr. Maryanne Stevens, RSM, about "God experiences" that continue to shape her personal and professional life.  Dr. Stevens is President of the College of St. Mary in Omaha, NE, as well as the Board Chair for Omaha's renowned Tri-Faith Initiative (www.trifaith.org) where a Jewish synagogue, a Christian church, and an Islamic mosque have co-located to a 35-acre Commons to move beyond interfaith dialog to interfaith community....

Converging Paths Interview with Imam Jamal Daoudi

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews Imam Jamal Daoudi about "God experiences" that continue to shape is personal and professional life.  Imam Daoudi is the spiritual leader of of the American Muslim Institute – the Muslim partner in Omaha, Nebraska's Tri-Faith Initiative (www.trifaith.org).  Imam Jamal was born in Damascus, Syria where, from the age of 12, he attended Abu Nour Islamic Center, under the direction of the eminent scholars of that center. Imam Jamal holds a B.A in English Literature from Damascus University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH.  He came to the U.S. in 1995 and became a U.S. citizen in 2005 – the same year he received the Martin Luther King “Living the Dream” award for peace advocacy.
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Converging Paths Interview with Nuzhat Mahmood

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews Nuzhat Mahmood on "God experiences" that continue to shape her personal and professional life.  Ms. Nuzhat is a founding member of the American Muslim Institute – the Muslim partner in Omaha, Nebraska's Tri-Faith Initiative (www.trifaith.org), where a synagogue, a mosque, and a church have co-located to a 35-acre Commons in order to move from interfaith dialog into interfaith community.  She currently serves on its Board of Directors as well as the Tri-Faith Board of Directors. ...

Converging Paths Interview with Wendy Goldberg

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews Wendy Goldberg about "God experiences" that continue to shape her personal and professional life.  Ms. Goldberg is a founding member of Omaha, Nebraska's Tri-Faith Initiative (www.trifaith.org), where a synagogue, a mosque, and a church are co-locating to a 35-acre Commons in order to move from interfaith dialog to interfaith relationship.  She is also member of Temple Israel (the Tri-Faith’s Jewish partner) and has served on its Board of Trustees, as President of the synagogue, and as Temple Israel’s Program Director.  Wendy currently serves as a project manager for Project Harmony, an organization dedicated to protecting and supporting children and ending child neglect and abuse....

Converging Paths Interview with Rabbi Aryeh Azriel

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Rev. Dr. Chris Alexander interviews Rabbi Aryeh Azriel, one of the founders of Omaha, Nebraska's Tri-Faith Initiative (www.trifaith.org) about human nature, Judaism, the Tri-Faith Initiative, and the future of interfaith cooperation. Rabbi Azriel is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Israel and serves as Scholar-In-Residence at Countryside Community Church (UCC), both in Omaha, NE....

Converging Paths Interview with Rev. Bruce Van Blair

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews Bruce Van Blair on "God experiences" that have shaped his personal and professional life, and continue to do so.  Bruce has served as a United Church of Christ minister for over 40 years. The interview also features an extended conversation on the nature of evil as it impacts spiritual discernment. ...

The Faith of Jesus in a Pluralistic World - six sermon packet

SERMONS  |  Eric Elnes

John 14:1-6; Deuteronomy 32:7-12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; John 10:11-18; Acts 178:22-31; Colossians 1:13-20

This 6-sermon resource packet by pastor/biblical scholar, Rev. Eric Elnes, Ph.D., is focussed on how Christians may "claim fully the path of Jesus without denying the legitimacy of other paths God may create for humanity" (Phoenix Affirmation 1). The series specifically and sensitively addresses Jesus' statement in John 14:6 that "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."  The series helps people understand the historical and literary context of this statement, and a number of translational and interpretive possibilities that suggest that the most common interpretation (that Christianity is the only way) is the least likely one that Jesus would affirm.  Also available (at additional cost) is a complete small group video resource produced by Darkwood Brew which is available in DVD and internet streaming formats (https://darkwoodbrew....

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