On Sunday February 6th, the Temple hosted an Interfaith event called “Table Talk.” Twelve men and women of varying faiths sat at table together, sharing a meal and personal stories of their spiritual journey.
There were a few simple rules: To begin, everyone introduced themselves and identified their spiritual path. Then a question from a stack of pre-made cards was chosen, answered however one wished, passing the cards to the next person when they had finished speaking. No one was permitted to interrupt, comment, or question the speaker. After the cards had gone completely around the table, and everyone had had the opportunity to speak, all were encouraged to engage in conversation.
It was a very pleasant, uplifting and educational afternoon. Afterward, there was a short tour of the Temple and grounds for anyone who wanted one.
As a member of the Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada, and chair of the Special Events committee, this is one of many functions we have been using in an effort to bring people of differing spiritual paths into “community” with one another.
The mission of the Interfaith Council is to:
promote mutual understanding, respect, appreciation and cooperation among people of various faith and cultural communities in the world by appreciating the sacred, extending hospitality, offering educational opportunites, encouraging compassionate leadership, sharing in service and working for justice.
This was the fourth Table Talk the Interfaith Council has done, and the first one held at the Temple of Goddess Spirituality. Several of Sunday’s guests were so impressed by the event, that they have signed up to host a Table Talk of their own. And so the circle expands, awakening us to the reality that we can hold our own beliefs, and still live together in peace and harmony.