A group called The Dialogue Project held a meeting at a Jewish Community Center in my neighborhood of Bay Ridge in Brooklyn early last week. It brought together people of several faiths and several ethnic groups in the community: The faith communities represented were Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Moslem (and one Quaker of course); Our ethnic backgrounds were Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Arabic, African-American, Hispanic and East Asian. This group had met before, but this was the first time that I had heard of it.
Not everything went smoothly, which I thought was in itself a good sign: it showed that people were being real. I am tremendously encouraged that such an effort is under way and I hope to continue participating. I understand that future meetings will consider projects the group can undertake in the wider community to foster greater understanding between and among groups.
- - Rich Accetta-Evans