Interfaith “Dinner Dialogues” in Houston

Houston Chronicle reports on last night’s “Amazing Faiths Dinner Dialogue,” in which over 800 participated. Interfaith dialogue is most alive in Houston at the grass-roots level. On the grander scale there are a couple of things that go on, like the social ministries of Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston, and the pulpit exchange sponsored by the ADL, but Houston has less formal interfaith and ecumenical dialogue than any city I’ve ever been in. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity passes without recognition. Fear reigns in some quarters that real dialogue about sensitive issues is harmful. But time and time again the people of Houston show that they can handle it.