Every day, IMS members work together, seeking opportunities for learning about our community’s faith traditions. Also, IMS provides speakers and teachers to groups that want to learn more about the world’s great religions. Our thanks to Contemplative Interbeing for this brief introduction to the Expanse of Interfaith.
When we speak of interfaith, “faith” is not solely about religion. It is about the role of spiritual experience inside and outside of formal religion, expected and unexpected, told in people’s own words, and brought to life in unique ways. Faith is a powerful healer, transformer, and changer of lives. The overriding message is that we are part of something greater than ourselves. There is a greater force that connects us all and it is good for each person to find a path that leads to a faith that connects them to the greater whole. Listen to this insightful perspective by Brother David Steindl-Rast on faith:
Huntsville is one of the most religious diverse cities in Alabama. The faith traditions include, but are not limited to, Bahá’í, Buddhism, Christianity (Anglican, Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Protestant), Confucianism, Hindu, Islam, Judaism, Quaker, Sikh, Unitarian Universalists, Unity, and Wiccan. Huntsville has a wealth of religious diversity and that is the Power of We. This program offers an energetic engagement of diversity toward a positive end and an opportunity to create new friendships. The goal of interfaith relations is pluralism, unity; a positive, constructive, warm, caring cooperative engagement, and concern for others well-being.
You’re invited to discover the diversity of Huntsville through The Discovery Project – Compassionate Huntsville Faith Encounter. This program increases awareness of the variety of faith traditions we have in our community. We’ll bring to light a different faith tradition each month. Each month includes two separate opportunities to discover and encounter a faith tradition: (1) an educational lunch and dialog session, and (2) a tour or worship service at the place of worship. We’re hopeful that these conversations and activities will strengthen a religiously diverse democracy. Compassionate interfaith Huntsville celebrates unity which is diversity embraced by an infinitely generous love.
In the Fall of 2016, we found that the most popular offering was “An Evening of Spiritual Practices,” which was an experiential look at spiritual practices from various traditions. We are considering offering that Evening again.
Below are many of the traditions in the Huntsville area: