Religion Today: Cultivating Tolerance While Upholding Our Differences

Religion Today: Cultivating Tolerance While Upholding Our Differences

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Religion Today: Cultivating Tolerance While Upholding Our Differences
Mondays at the James with Reverend Leanne Walt
Monday, February 26 at 7 p.m.
Religion Today: Cultivating Tolerance While Upholding Our Differences

With the prevalence of religiously-inspired violence in the world, it is natural to want to locate commonalities and patterns among major world religions. However, there are very real differences in beliefs and practices among major world religions.  True tolerance and hope for peace rests not in saying that all religions are basically alike but in understanding the unique features of history, belief and practice characteristic of the major world religions.

Are there patterns among the major world religions? 

What is their relationship to one another?  What do they have to say to the world at large?  What do they have to say to us?

Rev. Leanne Walt serves as Lead Pastor of United Church of Christ, Congregational in Norwell.  Originally from the North Shore of Massachusetts, Leanne earned her B.A. in Religious Studies from Bowdoin College where her studies focused on Eastern Religion Thought.  She completed her field work in Kandy, Sri Lanka, where she lived with a Sinhalese Buddhist family and studied at the University of Peradeniya.

She received her Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in 2009 and has served congregations in Wollaston and Braintree prior to Norwell.  Leanne, her husband Bill and their two sons are thrilled now to call Norwell “home.”

Mondays at the James is sponsored by the Cordelia Family Foundation and the South Shore Music Circus.

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