For discussion

November 9, 2011 | Feature | Number 22

1. Why might the idea of learning from other faiths make us uncomfortable or fearful? What are the risks and benefits of honest dialogue with other faiths? What are the faith groups in your community with whom you could build relationships?

2. What does Palmer Becker say he has learned from Mormons about pastoral care, sharing faith and educating youth? Are these ideas something that your congregation could use?

3. What has been your experience with fasting? Do you agree that fasting before feasting can enhance a celebration? What is the purpose of fasting? Should the Mennonite church encourage more fasting?

4. Do you agree that Muslims show more awe and reverence for God than Christians do when they worship? How much difference does posture—such as kneeling or bowing—make? Does a schedule of regular prayers show that Muslims are more devout than Christians?

5. How important is it to develop relationships with other faith groups?

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