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Introduction, Workshop 6: Shall We Gather at the River? – Religious Tolerance

In "Faith like a River," a Tapestry of Faith program

We need not think alike to love alike. — Francis David

Religious tolerance is one of the greatest values of our movement. Perhaps our faith embraces it passionately because our religious forebears were so often subjected to intolerance. Throughout Western history, religious tolerance has been a question both in the civic realm, as societies have worked out whether to allow diversity of religious belief and practice, and within faith traditions themselves, as religions have had to work out just how much diversity of belief would be tolerated within their particular tradition. This workshop explores tolerance of diverse beliefs, both in the civic realms that held our faith forebears and within our faith tradition itself. Participants examine moments in history when governments or rulers, wrestling with questions of religious freedom, created an environment where Unitarianism and Universalism could take root. The workshop also studies the history of religious diversity within the Unitarian tradition.

Before leading this workshop, review the Accessibility Guidelines for Workshop Presenters in the program Introduction. Prepare to accommodate individuals who may be in the group.

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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.

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