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The spirit of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute is represented in the cooperative programs held in the community to enlighten, inform, and promote inclusivity.
These events bring together diverse voices and faith traditions to find a common ground while still honoring individual experiences.
Whether it is working with others in the community to host a civilized discussion about polarizing issues or organizing a celebration that welcomes all and encourages learning through differences, the institute has found great success carrying out its mission through these community collaborations.
"Through interfaith dialogue and service, we promote a vibrant and diverse community for all generations. Beyond tolerance, we value hospitality, understanding, respect, and acceptance."
Kaufman's Weekly Interfaith Insight
"Loving the stranger in today’s world" by Director Doug Kindschi
“Do not ill-treat a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in Egypt.” (Exodus 22:20)
In a time of increasing xenophobia and polarization, we need to be reminded of the religious call for not only love of neighbor but also love of the stranger. Refugees from Afghanistan are also presenting us with the opportunity to respond to this call expressed in our various scriptures.
We are familiar with the summary of the law given by Jesus when asked what must we do to inherit eternal life. He responded, “Love God and love your neighbor,” quoting the passage from the Hebrew Scriptures, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself" (Leviticus 19:18). That same chapter also deals with how to treat the stranger: “When a stranger lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. The stranger living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were strangers in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.” (Lev. 19:33-34)
KAUFMAN'S WEEKLY WATCH
Are there some days you just need a lullaby? Here is the famous one composed by Johannes Brahms.