Saturday, January 1, 2011

Shared Vision DFW

In John Grisham’s novel, The Last Juror, a small town newspaper owner visits every church in his area of circulation and writes about his visit to each.

When I learned about Dallas’ bid to host the Parliament of World Religions in 2014, I learned that there are over 300,000 churches and non-profit organizations in the Metroplex.

The possibility of getting to know many of these and how they contribute to the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex seems like an amazing opportunity, because I believe that what happens at the grassroots level sets the atmosphere for the city.

I am very excited about this blog, because it is something I would want to do anyway.

I am calling it “Shared Vision”.  We can accomplish so much with our shared vision.

The organizing principles for the PWR 2014 are:

    to promote inter-religious harmony, rather than unity
    based on convergence of purpose, rather than consensus of belief and practice
    operates through facilitation rather than formal structure
    seeks to build trust as much as agreement  

The dialogue provided by this opportunity will lay the groundwork for addressing and solving some of the deep issues and problems within our area such as immigration, racism, environment, political climate, education and many others.

I look forward to being part of this dialogue through “Shared Vision”.

Kathryn Hardage

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