Church Dedicates Summer to Studying Their Neighbors' Faiths

June 10, 2005

Source: Duluth News Tribune

On June 10, 2005 the Duluth News Tribune reported, "one Lakeside church is putting a fresh twist on its faith by snuffing out ignorance of other religions. 'A lack of understanding can breed ignorance and fear,' said Rev. David Werner, Lester Park United Methodist Church, about the impact of its summer series, 'Learning about the Faiths of Our Neighbors.' 'Part of loving our neighbors is understanding and respecting who they are and what they believe,' Werner said. The faith talks include speakers from traditions of Roman Catholicism, Judaism, Unitarian Universalism, Bahaism, Christian Science, Islam, Mormonism, Greek Orthodoxy, Jehovah’s Witness, Messianic Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Quakerism and Sufism. 'Through the process of research, we found faith traditions we didn’t even know were in the community,' Werner said. The summer barbecue and speaker series was dreamed up as a result of creative community outreach. Werner said his church community realized it didn’t know a lot about other faiths and wanted to help the Lakeside community grow in togetherness."