"He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God."
Spark has from the very beginning been involved in conversations and relationships across religious identity markers. Spark meets in a synagogue, we hosted a Christian/Jewish tour of Israel, we participated in the 9/11 Peace Walk, and had the privilege of having both Jews and Muslims share in our Christian community.
Below are some teachings and resources that exemplify this ethic.
Our first event as a church was hosting our good friend Rabbi Moshe Silberschein of Hebrew University and Jerusalem University College, Israel.
Pastor Danielle and Rabbi Ari hosted a conversation called "Holy Envy," a phrase coined by Krister Stendahl from his three rules of religious understanding: 1) To understand another religion, ask adherents of that religion, not its enemies. 2) Don't compare your best to their worst. 3) Leave room for "holy envy." That is, be willing to recognize elements in the other religious tradition that you admire and wish you could, in some way, be reflected in your own.
In this series of events, Rabbi Ari and Pastor Danielle lead an exploration of Judaism and Christianity through open conversation.