Authentic interfaith dialogue requires more than a willingness to share one's ideas with those who hold very different ideas. It requires more than a willingness to listen to ideas you "know" are false no matter how many millions or even billions of people believe them to be true. Authentic interfaith dialogue requires more than a willing suspension of disbelief to allow the other to have her say without having to resort of argument. Authentic interfaith dialogue requires the courage to listen so deeply, to investigate new ideas so thoroughly, and to make oneself so vulnerable, that you could actually change your mind.
The possibility that one could be changed--not converted, but transformed--by what one hears from another, is what is so very essential to the interfaith enterprise. It is also what makes it so dangerous.
In this conversation with Rabbi Rami, we will explore what is necessary for authentic interfaith dialogue and how we all too often betray its promise by mistaking serial monologue for true dialogue.
Sponsor: First United Church of Christ