We at All Pilgrims are aware that Christians live and practice our faith in a world that includes numerous other religions. While we accept the path and teachings of Jesus as the center of our own spiritual life, we also recognize that there are other paths to the sacred that are taken by a great many people across the globe and in our immediate community—Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and more.
We seek a greater understanding of our neighbors of other faiths in part because we know that creating a just and peaceful world requires mutual tolerance and respect. But more than this; we also believe that a progressive Christianity invites us to learn lessons from the wisdom and faith practices of others that will help us on our spiritual journey.
Although our interests ultimately extend to world religions generally, our recent focus has been on the three Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam). In particular, we have worked to develop a special relationship with the Ithna-Asheri Muslim Association of the Northwest (IMAN), a congregation of Shi’ia Islam centered in Kirkland, Washington. During this time of Islamophobia in many corners of our country, we consider it our duty as Christians to reach out the hand of brotherhood/sisterhood to our Muslim friends.
A small team of All Pilgrims members leads our interfaith ministry by organizing events in cooperation with our friends from IMAN and public programs that have included, among others, an afternoon with the Three Interfaith Amigos and a discussion with author and comparative religion scholar Lesley Hazleton.
The Interfaith Group is open to all new members. To receive email about upcoming Interfaith events, please contact the Church Office email@example.com