Authentic Connection

The Golden Rule

February 1, 2017


She was nervous and didn’t want to go, and I didn’t blame her. Truth was, I was nervous too. These types of events always force us out of our comfort zones, and this case was proving to be excruciatingly difficult.

“But you know what I think?” I asked my daughter. “I think that we’re going to have such a great time tonight that on the car ride home you’re going to say, ‘That was so much fun! Can we go again next year?'” I peered over my shoulder to see her reaction. She looked skeptical.


Daughter to Mom: “That was so much fun! Can we go again next year?”

So what exactly happened between the two car rides? One of the best family experiences of our lives—an Interfaith Dinner and Discussion . After joining hundreds of men, women, and children for a delicious traditional Sikh meal while seated on the ground, we each grabbed a chair and gathered with a small group of adults of various faiths to discuss the following questions:

• What is your name and faith?

• Describe your faith journey

• What is the biggest misconception about your faith? Share what is true.

• What in your faith means the most to you?

• Explain about the Golden Rule from your faith perspective.

• From your Faith perspective, what actions will you do to “amplify” peace and harmony in our neighborhoods and world?

Those in our group included persons of the following faiths: Islam, Apostolic, Buddhist, Jainism, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Non-Denominational Unity.

It was wonderful to identify the common denominators of our faiths: a desire to overcome the natural man, to honor our Creator, to live the Golden Rule, to become a little better today than we were yesterday.

God’s children come packaged in all shapes, sizes, colors, and religions, and He expects us to love them all.

That night, our family was reminded that it is our privilege to do so.

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  1. That sounds like a really cool experience. We should definitely take the time to listen to people who are different from us and get to know them, while not compromising on the truth of God’s word.

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