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Exploring World Faiths
About the GroupFollowing the group's Inaugural Meeting in August 2018 the group continues to evolve with numbers such that our meetings will now normally be in the Centenary Lounge of the Village Hall. Participants are from a range of faith backgrounds, including some from currently practising (Catholic, Methodist, Anglican), a Buddhist involvement, through to some agnostic or no longer practising. What we all share in common is a respect for other people's faiths, and a wish to understand more about all the various world faiths.
Our general approach is where possible to get people of a faith to come to tell us about it, or alternatively to research information ourselves and then discuss within the group. In due course we plan to arrange visits to places of faith (such as Sikh Gurdwaras, Synagogues, Mosques etc). We recognise that within most religions (including Christianity) there are sects, denominations and variants along with the mainstream of any one faith.
We noted a possible framework to help us be consistent when exploring faiths – six headings of : - 'doctrinal' (major beliefs), 'ritual' (worship), 'ethical' (behaviour), 'experiential' (awareness), 'mythology' (stories or actual history), 'social' (how organised)
Initial meetings with guest presenters on Quakerism and Nichiren Buddhism proved most interesting, and generated lively discussion, with Sikhism for our next one.
All in all, the group has had a most encouraging start, and will no doubt continue to evolve in the time ahead.
Robin Wilcockson and Jenny Greaves
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