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Questions: Christians Exploring Hinduism in India

November 2, 2021

This listing of questions, created back in 1994, appears in no order of priority. They emerged from having read multiple (toward 55) sources (a few in part, most in full) aware that I would likely eventually focus on interreligious issues and themes during a DMin (Doctor of Ministry) degree program. These questions do not attempt […]

Interfaith Dialogue

November 25, 2020

Forthcoming in Mennonite World Conference Courier Because the next Mennonite World Conference (when possible after the pandemic hindrance) is scheduled to meet in Indonesia where Christianity is a minority religion alongside majority Islam, planners wish to have some articles that appear in the publication titled Courier to address Interfaith Dialogue. This piece I submitted in […]

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November 16, 2020

The Swayambhunath Buddhist Temple I Kathmandu, Nepal Muslim architecture – in Hyderabad, India Ancient Stonehenge in England Oldest synagogue in India in Cochin, Kerala state Creation of goddess Sarasvati, in Bihar state Stained glass window in Union Church, CSI, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, IndiaC Cluster of Hindu temples, south India Buddhist temple in Bangkok, Thailand Collection […]

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November 15, 2020

Priests playing the harmonium and drums as part of Sikh worship in the Mishawaka gurdwara. Noted HMI library that houses many Muslim and other interfaith resources. Current church located at the Garden of Gethsemane on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Centuries ago multiple religious forms were created out of stone at Mahabalipurum Multi Buddhist forms at […]

Caring for Young Victims of Interfaith Rancor

November 2, 2020

This article was first published in Mission Focus Annual Review, vol. 8, 2000, 107-18. It appears here with permission. Christians who pursue missional endeavor do well to ponder questions like the following. Do we promote genuine respect and understanding between people of living faiths, or do we subtly or unconsciously prompt or allow ill will to […]

Exclusion–Shaping of Interreligious Discussion

This paper was first given at the Mennonite Graduate Student Conference, June 10-12, 2006 at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, IN when papers on varied topics all dealt with Exclusion. “Outside the church, no salvation” – Cyprian, 3rd century bishop “Whoever knows [only] one religion knows no religion.” – Max Muller “Christ is the Way […]

Saints within Diverse Religions

October 23, 2020

Goshen College Chapel, All Saints Day – October 29, 2001 Student Readers: Dykshya, Kashif, Tsigi, Tobias, Charletta Prayer – # 672 Hymnal A Worship Book – read by Sylvia Shirk Charles, Campus Minister With all your saints across the generations we gather, Holy God, To approach your mystery and hear your judgment. We come seeking […]

Multifaith Musing: Essays and Exchanges, 2010

Book foreword by Paul F, Knitter (vi-viii) and Introduction by Dorothy Yoder Nyce (1-6) Foreword In this collection of essays, Dorothy Yoder Nyce – my friend, student, and fellow searcher – illustrates and embodies a truth that has been dawning on, and calling for reform of, the mainline Christian churches (even many of the evangelical […]

Conflict: Does Religion Cause Violence?

October 19, 2020

Brief responses from several writers Every society experiences violence. Francois Houtart focuses on social dimensions that link religion and violence: animal sacrifice, good versus evil, using defense to expand. Such connections appear in Hindu Rig Veda rituals, the Gita battle between immortal souls, and lawmaker Manu’s caste relations. Buddhism’s focus on nonviolence, compassion, and ethical […]

Sharing God’s Gift of Wholeness with Living Faiths: Biblical Examples

October 15, 2020

Presented to Association of Anabaptist Missiologists – Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, Manitoba – Oct. 13, 2007. First published in Mission Focus Annual Review 2007,52-72; appears here with permission Forty-five years ago, I first went to India for three years. That cross-cultural and interreligious context shaped my entire adult experience—parenting and ecumenical tasks, teaching and writing. Feminist […]