Interfaith Compassion?

On the Mennonite Church Canada Resource Centre under most popular resources we find a new video made for a Junior High-Adult audience called Leap in Faith: Glimpses of Spirituality and Beliefs. 
The video is a production of the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery (Winnipeg, MB) directed by Manju Lodha[1] and Ray Dirks[2]…

Discover eight faith traditions, all now common in Canada. 

Watch the entire video or break it into faith chapters with discussion after each. 

Invite representatives of each tradition to take you beyond the introductions found in Leap in Faith. 

Understand differences and discover similarities. 

Share in wishes for peace and compassion for all.

Here is the trailer:

Peace and compassion
Compassion and peace
Knowing eachother wherever we come from
Bahai, Buddhist, Christian or Muslim
Let’s continue to try to understand
All the different religions of this land
This world abounding in beauty
We should be walking hand in hand.

Very nice people, lovely peaceful song, nice sentiments.

There is a compassion that accepts and understands and walks hand in hand with people of other religions (2 Corinthians 6:14-18), and then there is a greater compassion, the one that loves them enough to tell them the truth (John 3:16-18).

As Carl Teichrib exhorts in An Inside Look at the Global Interfaith Agenda:

“As a follower of Jesus Christ and His exclusive message of salvation, stay alert to how the interfaith movement is shaping your own community and the church. The New Age/interfaith movement recognizes that education at the grassroots level is vital to its global agenda. Already many churches and Christian schools have succumbed to its philosophy of “religious pluralism.” In Jesus own words, “take heed that no man deceive you.” (Matt. 24:4) Likewise, counter the dangers of this philosophy by ingraining God’s truth in yourself and your children.

Consider the exhortation of Deuteronomy 6,”Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.””


[1]Manju Lodah is an Indian-born Winnipeg artist who sustains her Hindu identity with art. See:
Beautiful connections: Art is heart of Indian religion, culture, philosophy and humanity
Art exhibition set to break through faith barriers–138427319.html
[2] Watch: Interfaith Dialogue at CCS
Feb 28, 2013: Ray Dirks and Manju Lodha reflect on Interfaith Dialogue as part of the Centre for Christian Studies’ “Second Fridays” series of noon hour discussions held on the second Friday of each month.


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