by Carol Brown

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, February 9, 2017

It was a beautiful thing to see more than 80 women of all ages, faiths, and walks of life gathered in our Great Room last Monday, sharing a meal and conversation around the tables. The women found their way to HHBC from Milledgeville, Eatonton, Warner Robins, Monticello, and all neighborhoods of Macon to attend the monthly lunch meeting of the Women’s Interfaith Alliance of Central Georgia.

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This group represents women from different faiths coming together to explore their spirituality and learn about each other in a context of love, compassion, cooperation and community service. Betty Taylor, former president of Temple Beth Israel, said, “We are not trying to change anyone's mind as to their faith, but to understand each other. And as we do that, we find out that we are so much more alike than we are different.”

On Monday, as the women sampled foods from many different cultures, they got to know each other with guided table conversations. Monday’s conversations centered around the civil liberties that our country guarantees its citizens. Some of the women were able to share their experiences of living in countries where they were denied these same rights because of their religion or gender. The group also heard reports from two members who had marched for justice recently, one in Washington DC and one in Atlanta.

It was a beautiful thing to listen to each woman’s story and to know that we are all walking this journey of life together. If you would like to experience the beauty of an interfaith community, you’ll find more information about this alliance by clicking here.