BY AWA DIA
Lately, when I turn on the television, open up my news app, or scroll down the timeline of my social media platforms I’ve seen more deaths than positive growth. Most of the larger causalities of citizens in a country are done by a terrorist. Terrorism is a battle that the world has been trying to combat for decades, and not many have been able to come up with a positive plan that will prevent this from happening.
In the past decade, it is clear that terrorist attacks in the United States, and throughout the world have increased tremendously and no one seems to have a solution.Other than violence, bans, and regulations; but I think our first step should be opening up a conversation.
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are the three main religious groups in the United States. The three have some commonalities, but many differences. In my opinion, and from the places I’ve been to, it is clear that each religious group has their own community and it is very rare when you find a church, synagogue, and mosque right next to one another.
Recently, I came across an article on CNN about a rabbi, reverend, and an imam coming together in the middle of America. The three religious leaders decided to create a $65 million project called the Tri-Faith Initiative.
After reading through the article, I decided to do a little bit more research on the project. When I explored the website I was so shocked and thrilled to see people taking a stride on to the greens side of the grass. The project is based out of Omaha, Nebraska where a Mosque, Synagogue, and Church can view one another’s place of worship from right outside their windows.
The organization allows each religion to build up their own place of worship, and run the place in the way they chose. At the same time, all of the religious groups come together to “challenge stereotypes, learn through conversation, and to counter the influence of extremists and agents of hate.”
The whole website promotes respect towards each religion. I think a lot of hate stems from the lack of understanding. If we as humans, no matter the situation, race relations, religious differences, and social class do not open up the conversation then we will create a breeding ground for hate.
If we as a society continue to just spew hate, then we will not be able to overcome this terrorism, and we will only create more of a misunderstanding. The Tri-Faith Initiative has even gone on to create a very inclusive prayer for all three of the faiths.
We, the members of the three Abrahamic faiths --
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam --
impelled by visitors of human harmony,
wish to share our grand and mutual heritage,
that is the belief in and worship of One Almighty God.
Personally, I do not identify with any specific religion at the moment, but after reading through the mission of this organization I wish I could join all three religions.
Not only does the organization keep everything inclusive, but it also works toward a world peace mission. The organization is currently looking to create a co-location in West Omaha. Tri-Faith sees a nationwide expansion and hopes to spread the word of peace to everyone.
It is time for our society to lead and follow by positive examples. It is time for us to start opening up a conversation , respecting the views of others, and educating ourselves on what we are afraid of. I encourage anyone reading this article to look into the Tri-Faith Initiative, it is what I believe everyone who promotes world peace thinks of in their mind. "Aleichem Shalom” “, Salaam-Alaikum”, and “God Bless you.”