I am always glad when I see interfaith dialogue taking place in the city. The way I see it, all of the world's major religions are here to stay, they are not going away (despite the claims of some strident voices). All religions serve an important purpose in providing a sense of community, personal grounding, a way to make sense of the world and a place to belong. It is unfortunate when we allow our own personal faith, or another individual's faith, to become a wall of separation.
Sometimes it is a discussion group, sometimes it is a particular charitable function that brings people of different faiths together. We should rejoice whenever that happens, because the world is getting smaller and we all need one another. It was with great joy that I saw the following video of Pope Francis urging us toward interfaith dialogue in our work for peace and justice, proclaiming that "we are all children of God."