This October, you are invited to join George and Nancy for an Interfaith tour of the places and events that shape our historic religious attachment to the Holy Land. We will meet with and learn from Israelis and Palestinians, some Jewish, some Christian, and some Muslim, who are thinking about a future in which the Holy Land can be a hospitable and sacred place to all of God’s people.
Although tolerance is no doubt a step forward from intolerance, it does not require new neighbors to know anything about one another. Tolerance can create a climate of restraint but not one of understanding. Tolerance alone does little to bridge the chasms of stereotype and fear that may, in fact, dominate the mutual image of the other. … It is far too fragile a foundation for a society that is becoming as religiously complex as ours.
Diana Eck, A New Religious America – How a “Christian Country” Has Become the World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation (Harper Collins, 2001).
ELLEN WESTERVELT BOEHMER