Interfaith Dialogue: Beyond 'Tea and Cookies'
Allen, John L., Jr., National Catholic Reporter
Most experts in interreligious dialogue say that if relationships are to mature, they have to grow beyond the "tea and cookies" stage into the capacity to challenge one another. The problem is that issuing challenges tends to make people mad in a way that tea and cookies rarely do.
A clear example in Birmingham came with the summit's last panel, composed of three rabbis: Marc Ellis and Michael Kogan of the United States and Dan Cohn-Sherbok of England. Up to that point, most participants had used their five-minute speaking blocks to outline how pluralism could be accepted from within their traditions.
Ellis, however, flung down a gauntlet.
He denounced what …
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Publication information: Article title: Interfaith Dialogue: Beyond 'Tea and Cookies'. Contributors: Allen, John L., Jr. - Author. Magazine title: National Catholic Reporter. Volume: 39. Issue: 40 Publication date: September 19, 2003. Page number: 4. © 2009 National Catholic Reporter. COPYRIGHT 2003 Gale Group.
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