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Whichever path you find yourself on, your journey will eventually lead you right to the heart of God.

How Do You Imagine God?
God in America and USA WEEKEND Magazine are partnering to explore Americans' images of God.

How do you imagine God? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator God is the higher spirit dwelling within our own spirit. God is with us every step of the way. The experience of God is the most wonderful, glorious and awesome thing we can ever experience, here on Earth or anywhere in the Universe. Truly connecting to the Spirit within, and not just trying to play along, is the truth, the life, and the way.

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator each major religion has a Core Value and a unique way to express it - Interfaith Spirit Quest seeks to be a light pointing to the wisdom to be found in these other religions. Instead of just one way, one path, we believe we are all on the path. Each experience in its own unique way brings us closer to God and to each other. Think deeply spiritual, but not too religious.
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator as an individual, it was when I experienced an undeniable connection to and realization of the existence of God. Via a personal quest in search of the true God, through interaction with nature (God's creation) and much prayer, I experienced the existence of God within my own spirit, I developed extraordinary feelings of gratitude toward God for my life and the people in my life, and for the adventure filled Earth and Universe we live in. This was the result of a keen sense of awareness and mindfulness that had been developing over a period of time.
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator being developed through a mix of historical and contemporary figures within spiritual, philosophical and scientific realms.
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator the freedom that being on an interfaith spirit quester brings.

How I Practice My Faith

Where and when do you practice your faith? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Interfaith Spirit Quest (ISQ) meets usually meets every week or every other week at a coffee shop, nature area, or other suitable location. We typically meet on Saturdays.
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Life is challenging enough, living the faith as a member of Interfaith Spirit Quest is easy, it is designed to teach us how to handle the everyday challenges of life, how to find peace for our spirit through community and nature, and how to be more aware and mindful of the Spirit of God within.

Religion & the Public Square

What should be the role of religion in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Everything is politics. People of various faiths have various opinions and should never be denied the right to voice their opinions, both in public and within their faith groups.
Should courses about religion be taught in public schools? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Every child should be exposed to the variety of religions in the world so that they may know, and with this knowledge they may choose. Information, not ad-vocation, is the key to properly educating children about the various religions.
Should the Bible, Torah, Quran or other religious texts be taught as works of literature in public schools? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Religious texts should not be taught as works of literature because this is deceptive indoctrination. Teaching students about the various religions is preferred because it is open and honest. An interfaith panel could determine the worthiness of the information that is taught about the various religions so as not to paint any one religion as superior or inferior. Let the student decide how to use the information.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator As an interfaith minister and as the facilitator of Interfaith Spirit Quest, I of course believe that interfaith dialogue is important. The more we know about each other and the more about the religion of the other, the better. It is not unlike the early history of the United States of America, immigrants learned to get along with each other despite their various cultural differences.
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes and no. To those who have 'open' ears, let them hear (to paraphrase a Biblical quote). Those who have open ears are more joyful, happier people. Some individuals are not open to hearing different views about religion, we respect this and take comfort in the fact that all of our chosen paths will eventually lead all of us right to the heart of God.
Do you feel that you have a duty, because of your faith, to put your beliefs into action? What are some of those actions? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I like to use the term 'calling' as opposed to 'duty', which strikes me as militant. Putting our beliefs into action at Interfaith Spirit Quest means that we try to reconnect people to each other, to nature and to God, through education and experiential activities.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Possibly, depends on the motive of the individual doesn't it? Politics needs to change from a money oriented mindset to a mindset of integrity and humaneness. What is good for life? Not 'how do I get mine?'.

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Published October 11, 2010

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