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World religion leaders delivered a uncommon joint assertion. Right here's what they needed to say.


The pope, the Dalai Lama, and Ayatollah Sayyid Fadhel Al-Milani have an necessary message for you: Make pals.

Created by the Elijah Interfaith Institute, an interfaith group fostering unity and variety, the unique video project options 22 holy leaders coming collectively to induce folks to hunt out others who might follow faith and religion otherwise than they do and unite in friendship.

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The leaders name on folks to make a honest effort to forge private connections…

…by listening and conversing — however largely listening.

Once we get to know individuals who exist outdoors our particular person silos created by geography, class, race, or faith, we will be taught so much about ourselves and others who share our communities.

It is no secret that disagreements over faith can result in negativity, mistrust, discrimination and violence, however the stewards of religion consider the antidote to those social ills is knowing, friendship, and constructing group.

Whether or not or not you subscribe to spiritual teachings or beliefs, making pals with people who find themselves completely different than you is sound recommendation.

Plus, there is a psychological foundation to again it up. Analysis performed by eminent psychologist professor Robert Zajonc demonstrated that coming throughout one thing (or, on this case, somebody) creates familiarity, and that familiarity makes you just like the particular person, concept, or factor greater than you probably did earlier than you had been first launched. It is referred to as the mere-exposure effect.

Within the case of constructing new pals, should you stay in New York Metropolis and also you get to know somebody from Savannah, Georgia, your opinion about folks from the South could also be increased than it was earlier than you met your new good friend, and vice versa.

Imam Mohamed Magid holds arms with a Jewish religion chief throughout a press convention with an interfaith coalition after the U.S. presidential election and rising hate crimes outdoors the Masjid Muhammad, the Nation’s Mosque, in Washington, D.C. Picture by Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Photographs.

One thing as straightforward as introducing ourselves could also be step one to ending hurtful rhetoric and bettering relationships throughout demographic limitations.

If nothing else, we will make new pals alongside the best way. It definitely does not harm to strive.

Interfaith non secular leaders present help for the Muslim group outdoors the Mosque Basis in Bridgeview, Illinois. Picture by Scott Olson/Getty Photographs.

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