Feeding Your Faith Creates an Open Discussion of Modern Problems Through Religion – The Quinnipiac Chronicle
Starting a conversation with someone – ranging from your next door friend to God – can help you overcome everyday obstacles.
The Center for Religion and the Peter C. Hereld House for Jewish Life hosted Feeding Your Faith on October 19th.
He focused on an open dialogue regarding social justice between Catholic and Jewish traditions.
Feeding Your Faith has been an active conversation for the past seven years, with each event focusing on different topics such as immigration, death, and abortion. Its purpose is to promote religious literacy and learn how your peers interact based on faith. Feeding Your Faith shines a light on the perspective between religion and current affairs.
University Religious Life Executive Director Jordan Lenaghan led the conversation with a few questions.
“We hear (talk about) social justice so often in our world,” Lenaghan said. “All new questions have been raised about ethics and justice. How does one individual relate to another individual? How does an individual relate to society?
Lenaghan pointed out that the book of Genesis is about respect for human dignity. As individuals, we have different relationships from citizen to citizen and to society. People take the faith they have learned and apply it to their daily lives.
“Our religious perspective is not system-based, it is purpose-based,” Lenaghan said.
Rabbi Reena Judd explained that there are times when the Jewish community struggles with its relationship with God. However, the Jews rationalized that God created everything. While a constant conversation with God may not be there for some, the values remain.
“They (values and God) feed off of each other,” Judd said. “We can be motivated without the direct impacts of religion. Haley Organ, a sophomore theater student, shared her
Experience at L’Taken, a program to expose public policy issues and explore Jewish values for advocacy according to the website of the Center for Religious Action for Reform Judaism.
At L’Taken, Organ said she was passionate about climate change issues. However, her willingness to promote advocacy does not come from the fact that she is Jewish. Organ is motivated by religion and the desire to have positive intentions for our society.
“Beliefs are taught,” Organ said. “There is a driving force (of religion) to be a good person.”
It feels like religion is private and people are required to keep their religious views sacred. During the Feeding Your Faith conversation, Lenaghan said there is no privacy when it comes to religion. There is one aspect of communication – religion is the way people relate to each other.
Right now we are seeing a decrease in the connection between people and their religion. According to a Pew Research study, 43% of Americans under 40 say “religion is very important to them.” That’s 17% less than Americans over 40.
We see people in our society passively involved in religion. It is more than a single company that interacts on a daily basis. People of different religions have connected in many ways for today’s social justice issues. For example, people in a community may have different beliefs depending on their environment.
“No two people have the same religion,” Lenaghan said.
Although there are thousands of people practicing the same religion, their environments are completely different. The beauty of religion is that there is no one answer set in stone or one way of thinking. People are able to use their faith and interpret it in any form.