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The mission of Seattle Presbytery is to participate, in word and deed, in God’s transforming work through the Gospel of Jesus Christ: †by strengthening the witness and mission of our congregations and members and by building strong partnerships with each other and the larger Christian community.

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Standing Together

Seattle Presbytery

For Human Dignity - Justice - Compassion - Wisdom

An interfaith pursuit of values fostered by religion that are necessary to sustain a free, pluralistic society

Situation: In recent years, with a widening polarization of the political parties in the United States and elsewhere, there has been an alarming decline of respectful civil discourse.  As a nation, we seem to have forgotten the importance of cultivating behaviors and qualities that are required for a democratic society to function properly.

In the face of increasing violence and fearful, often hateful, rhetoric, what might help us move beyond a natural fear reaction to a conscious response based on principles we choose to live by?  Are there ideals that people of faith living in America can strive toward together? During this time of challenge and uncertainty, are there shared values upon which we can stand together?

Great teachers of humanity, as well as the sacred writings from all major religions, encourage people to develop and express qualities that are beneficial for themselves, their families and their society.  For a democracy to function properly, its citizens must be informed and share a sense of human dignity and concern for the well-being of others.  What role can religion play in fostering these and other desirable human qualities? 

Standing Together is an interfaith study and dialogue program that focuses on founding principles of the US in light of the teachings of leading religious scholars.  It explores the guidance of sacred texts and the advice of great minds regarding how human beings should live, think, act and BE in the world, if they wish to experience inner peace and be responsible members of the human family.  Standing Together promotes self-awareness, social responsibility and a deepening commitment to embody the core wisdom of one’s own faith.  It also encourages participants to revitalize their commitment to the ideals and values upon which America was built. 

Objectives: By means of an interfaith panel, scriptural reflection, and small group discussion, this program seeks to foster greater understanding, respect and cooperative social action among citizens from different faith traditions.  It is designed to:

·      Tap into what is potentially ‘right’ with people, with religion, and with democratic values

·      Explore the positive influence faith can have on individuals and a democratic society

·      Increase appreciation for the relevance of sacred teachings in modern life

·      Encourage genuine interfaith friendships and cooperative social action

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