A MEET UP....with a twist! WALK THE INTERFAITH TALK
A One-on-One Interfaith Learning Experience An opportunity to meet someone of a different faith and, while you are walking a path in Mercer County Park, ask all kinds of questions to learn about their faith. Then, reverse directions and reverse roles as you walk back, providing answers to questions from your walking partner about your own religious beliefs. All while getting some good exercise and enjoying the beauty of the Park’s natural setting. Date & Time: Sunday, June 24 from 2 to 4 PM Rain date: Sunday, July 1 from 2 to 4 PM Place: Park your car at the Mercer County Park’s Boat-House parking area. We will gather to meet partners near the flagpole between the parking area and the main road through the park. How Long is the Walk? It is as long as you and your partner want to walk and talk. (One path goes for 1.5 miles in one direction, while the other goes 2 miles in the other direction, but you can turn around to head back at any point.
Match-ups: Find the Participation/Religious Preferences Form here:
Please fill up the form and email to Jay Tyson at: firstname.lastname@example.org for better match-ups. We will attempt to accommodate preferences as best we can. Or, you can bring it with you on the Day of the event, so we can assign matches a little better than randomly upon your arrival. Students 17 years and younger may participate but should submit a note of permission from their parents. We will try to match people of similar age groups wherever possible. Bring: A water bottle, good walking shoes and an open mind, ready to learn. You can also bring picnic supplies if you would like to use the nearby picnic grounds afterward. Tips: What questions should I ask? Anything that comes to mind. If you have troubles getting started, see the attached list of suggested questions. What questions should I ask?Ask whatever questions come to mind. But if you need a few to get you started, here are some possibilities:
I’m not familiar with your religion. Could you tell me the basics?
OR: I know the basics, but here are some aspects that I don’t understand….Could you explain them? 2. What aspects of your religion do you find to be most meaningful to you? Why? 3. Are there any commonly-held misconceptions about your religion or stereotypes that you would like to correct? 4. Tell me about your Holy Scriptures. How did they come about? When were they written? Do they have any special theme? Remember also that “I don’t know” is a perfectly acceptable answer, if you are not sure about the answer to a question. “I don’t know but I would be happy to look it up and I will get back to you on this,” is an even better answer. Feel free to exchange emails addresses or phone numbers in order to stay in touch after the walk has ended. Some Guidelines: --We recommend Active Listening; --Please refrain from proselytizing, objecting, or insisting; --Please remain in your role. On the outbound journey, be either the listener, or the answerer. Refrain from reversing roles until you are on the return journey. --Drink enough water! And be mindful of your hiking abilities: When you are halfway to being tired, it is time to turn around and come back. Pause to rest if you are feeling tired—you can continue your discussions while sitting down. --After the walk, if you have brought items for picnicking, feel free to continue your conversations at one of the nearby picnic tables. #coexistlaconvivencia