The Value of Helping Friends With What Matters to Them
A local Orthodox Christian Church had its annual ethnic festival this weekend past.
The Congregation's Pastor knows his Scripture and devotional literature in its original languages.
His vernacular is the language of the "old country" from which he was born, studied, was ordained; and brought here to the USA.
He does not speak English (yet).
He, his Congregational President, Board of Trustees, and others look to me for the following.
During the festival to explain to those who do not speak this language, or know this religious denomination and movement to serve as a guide in English.
To help out at tours of their Sanctuary, address questions and provide answers asked by visitors.
When people marry into this religion there are some who do not speak this language, or know the religion and culture.
They need help in understanding the doctrines, service rituals, hymns; and other matters in English and accessibly.
Like many "ethnic" Churches they have declining populations over generations as children and grand children assimilate, intermarry and move about the country where ever their studies and work take them.
This poses an existential threat to the Congregation's future.
There are others in the general community who know what this Congregation is doing.
They too can explain it clearly.
There is sometimes a trust issue.
Will people help them with what they need, as they need it, even though it is not their own?
If not, what will they do?
How will they do it?
I am one of a number of people to whom they can look to assist in a fair, constructive, positive, respectful and encouraging way so that they may pass the torch from generation to generation, so to speak.
Some call it interfaith relations.
I view it as an act of friendship.
The Book of Samuel documents how Jonathan and David set the standard for how to be friends while being loyal to your own family (Jonathan to his father Saul).
Friendship and support worked then.
It works now.
The more positive the interactions between people and groups the more constructive the relationships between them.
Do you have examples of how you and others interacted as friends in ways that helped each other, and brought closer each others families and/or groups?
Does your heritage, culture, way of life be it religious, spiritual and/or humanitarian have any thing to say on-point here?
Have you any original thoughts which advance such acts of friendship?
We can all learn from one another.
We are all able to teach each other.
When we do both with an open mind, and in the spirit of friendship everyone wins.
Please follow the site CoC, TOS; and the Four B's.
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We look forward to your words of wisdom and inspiration for the greater good.
Peace and Abundant Blessings to One and All.