Where do we go to worship together?
There's a bit of "home" at the United Church of Christ, but when it comes right down to it, it's still a Christian church and doesn't touch as much on the other religious aspects that I crave. Cathedral of the Pines is a fantastic and beautiful place, but it has no regular clergy and also tends to run more Christian than interfaith.
I envision Patchwork Interfaith as a place where mixed faith families can come and worship together. I see it as somewhere that can provide information and education to those who crave to learn more. I want it to be a ministry that serves everyone who is interested in expanding their minds and souls, and who wants to invite the Divine into their life in some way. I hope that some day it will become a haven for children and adults learning about all the different world faiths, and that we might be able to host fundraisers for interfaith charities and events.
Imagine a place of worship that recognizes all forms of worship, from the traditional New England white church right up to the outdoor bonfires of the Heathens and Wiccans. Imagine a religious and spiritual service that mingles and shares Buddhist sutras, Christian hymns, and Muslim qira'at, highlighting the similarities and differences, and all equally beautiful. This imagined place is what Patchwork Interfaith strives to become.
I am hungry for cooperation. I yearn for peaceable communication. I desire a lessening of the fear and confusion that I believe is underlying the animosity between faiths. When I hear a Christian bemoan the pagan's ways as unholy, I hear their fear talking. When I listen to the mumblings of a Muslim about other faiths not knowing Allah, I hear their fear talking. When I overhear pagans talking about how close minded other faiths are, I hear their fear talking.
I hear their (and my) fear talking all the time.
I don't want to hear fear anymore. I want to hear joy. I want to hear investigating questions. I want to hear questions. I want to hear thoughtful comments. I want to hear polite disagreement, discussion, and conversation. But I don't want to hear fear anymore. Fear doesn't help us in this situation; it's a survival mode that has important applications but doesn't belong in the spiritual realm.
This is why Patchwork Interfaith was born, and why it exists. Even though we currently don't have any physical doors to open, I am throwing open the spiritual doors of my heart to all comers. If you're hungry to learn, want to discuss, and are open to new ideas (even ones you might not agree with!), then Patchwork Interfaith has a lot to offer you. Come on in, and lend your voice and your understanding of the Divine to the patchwork quilt of our humanity.