Festival of the Faiths designed to open dialogue for a stronger community – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather forecast

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The 10th annual “Festival of Religions” is scheduled for Sunday and faith leaders have said these events are key opportunities to create open dialogue between diverse groups and a stronger community as a result.

Charlie Wiles, executive director of the Center for Interfaith Cooperation, said, “Our individual faith journeys really inspire us to work hard to bring more cooperation into our community to help solve some of the difficult issues we are witnessing.”

The festival will have an “Interfaith Dialogue Session” hosted by Mayor Joe Hogsett. This event will allow young people from the Baha’i, Hindu and Muslim faiths to discuss issues important to them and learn about the traditions of their peers.

Wiles said, “It helps us become friends and be more willing to work together to help resolve issues and hopefully eliminate some of the misunderstandings that exist.”

After the arrests made in connection with the Filanwaa killing, Imam Ahmed Alamine said the beginning of the end to the violence in this town was more about communication between the different groups.

“We need to start talking to each other, regardless of our faith. We need to have an open and honest conversation about structural issues,” Alamine said. “Most of the time we talk about the symptoms, we don’t talk about the root cause, and honestly the root cause can be addressed through honest and open conversation within the community.”

Wiles said so much can be solved when people come together instead of looking at what sets them apart.

“We really want to create empathy. We want to build this human bond. It humanizes the other when we sit down and have a conversation with intention and with people of different faiths,” Wiles said. “We believe that religion is about loving each other and the more we get to know each other, the more chance we have of making that love a reality and solving many of the problems we face in the community together. “

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