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The Faith Next DoorAmerican Christians and Their New Religious Neighbors$
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Paul D. Numrich

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195386219

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386219.001.0001

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Bridges to Understanding

Bridges to Understanding

St. Lambert Roman Catholic Church

(p.92) SEVEN Bridges to Understanding
The Faith Next Door

Paul D. Numrich

Oxford University Press

This parish's motto, “A Christian Community Welcoming All People,” expresses its openness both to Catholics of all ethnic backgrounds and to adherents of non-Christian religions. Embodying the spirit of the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II), St. Lambert offers programs on the world's diverse religious traditions. Topics in its “Bridges to Understanding” series have included Buddhist insight meditation, Native American spirituality, Hindu spiritual practices, and the Sufi approach of friendship with God. “Catholics should know their faith and live their tradition,” wrote St. Lambert's pastor. “But no Catholic today can do only that. To live in harmony is to have understanding that comes from dialogue. Dialogue with other religious traditions is not a defensive apologetic nor an aggressive campaign to ‘convert’ others. When people meet, it should be with respect. That respect can achieve not only an atmosphere of tolerance but mutual enrichment.”

Keywords:   St. Lambert, Second Vatican Council, Vatican II, meditation, spirituality, Catholics, dialogue, respect, tolerance

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