(BALTIMORE, Jan. 7, 2021) Democratic foundations make religious pluralism possible—any attack on our democracy is a threat to our interreligious community. Yesterday, we witnessed an insurrection in Washington, D.C. As an interreligious organization committed to dialogue across difference we, like so many others, are wrestling with the violence at the U.S. Capitol, and the aftermath we are now living through. We must ask ourselves: as individuals committed to building interreligious understanding, how do we move forward? At ICJS, we recognize the need not only to explore both what took place, but also to ask bigger questions. Only by coming together can we build a future in which difference—religious and otherwise—becomes a powerful force for good.
We know that addressing big questions is not the matter of one statement nor a single program, but will take sustained consideration. We invite you to join us Thursday, January 21, at 4:00 p.m., for another step in this work together. Our Politics and Our Religions: Reflecting on 2020 and Beyond will offer the opportunity to be in dialogue around some of the important interreligious questions of the moment:
At ICJS, we want to look interreligiously at the big questions facing us as a nation in this moment. We look forward to further learning and conversation with you as we continue to build an interreligious future together.