Tuesday, April 15, 2008

From The Interfaith Center at the Presidio:

Paul Chaffee, Executive Director of the Interfaith Center at the Presidio in San Francisco:

"Most of us live in an unparalleled religious diversity today. But we enjoy scant dialogue with strangers from different traditions because we lack the context, the safety and 'permission' to talk openly about things that matter. As the Muslims said to the Congregationalists in San Jose when they showed up at worship two Sundays after 9-11: 'We are neighbors, and we don't know each other. We think we should get to know each other. '

"I love Common Tables because it delivers with so little baggage, so little institutional structure to encumber the safety and mutual respect required for initiating engaged interfaith dialogue and relationship. At the same time I appreciate how Common Tables is educating suddenly interfaith-friendly people about appropriate protocols, available resources, and the thousands of grassroots groups and organizations emerging in small towns, cities, regions, across the nation, and on the internet.

"This grassroots movement is a source of hope in a broken world. Common Tables' particular interfaith role, it seems, is helping unleash the power of the internet on a time-honored way to start new relationships - sharing food in someone's home. God bless you!"

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