Learning about other religions

Front of St. Lucy Parish Church, Campbell, CA

Front of St. Lucy Parish Church, Campbell, CA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today’s Valley Catholic Online has a nice story written by one of the young people who has participated in the Teen Interfaith Leadership Council. The Valley Catholic is the official publication of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose.

Isabella Yeager, a member of St. Lucy’s parish in Campbell, writes about her expectation that by taking part in the group she would have to explain her religion to others. But she found out something surprising:

I discovered by explaining what it is like being Catholic that I was able to better understand my own religion.

Many people who enter into serious conversation with someone who comes from a different religious tradition discover just that. Someone outside your usual circle can ask questions that make you think more seriously about your beliefs and commitments. As they do not necessarily share the same language and “shorthand” of insiders to a faith community, they often will press you to explain more clearly what you mean by what you are saying.

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