I had a wonderful time and evening at The Quaker Meeting House in Edinburgh the other night. It was a great evening filled with wonderful speakers.
There were four speakers on the night including Reverend Brian G. Cooper, Mrs. Nila Joshi, Mr. Paul Currie and Mr. Hafiz Abdul.
The evening was introduced and led by Mr. Jeff Allard who was the “MC” for the evening.
I really enjoyed hearing the speakers and I believe it was an evening that spurred a lot of discussion on the topic of “Religion and the Media”.
An important topic that was discussed was the importance of looking at how the media represents different faiths. A point was made that the media mostly chooses to highlight highly negative or controversial stories surrounding certain religions and faiths. I could not have agreed more. Sometimes the media is consumed with only giving a one-sided image of certain religions and faiths, which is damaging not only for the people practicing that faith, but for others who then develop stereotypes and a bias is then formed about certain faiths.
The prospect of peace between religions was also highlighted during the evening. One presenter discussed the possibility of peace within interfaith dialogue, when we first look at our families. By teaching young children the importance of loving their neighbor and how to treat one another, it is then possible to build a solid foundation that will lead to a positive interfaith dialogue with one another in the future.
It was a great evening and it was a pleasure meeting so many people interested in interfaith dialogue.
-Mary Catherine O’Reilly-Gindhart