March 4, 2014
FRANKLIN — Three groups of three Sikhs, three Muslims and three Christians met Sunday to share their faith and then, like any good gathering, share a meal.
The session was the final in a series of interfaith scripture dialogue circles — a structured time to share scriptures from each tradition. “This was very powerful,” said Harjeev Lahil, a Sikh from Brentwood. “All three meetings were all about God and being closer to him.” Members of the Islamic Center of Williamson County on Carothers Parkway, as host for Sunday’s session, chose the final topic: forgiveness.
The Rev. Tracy Wells Miller, associate pastor at St. Paul’s Episcopal in Franklin, set up the sessions with Chance Dillon, a youth pastor at Harpeth Presbyterian, who has facilitated similar interfaith dialogue circles at Hillsboro Presbyterian and Brentwood United Methodist Church.
“All of us are biologically programmed to see something different from us as a threat,” she said. The sessions aren’t about agreement, but education and understanding.
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