Crossing Paths is a Soul Matters version of the impactful Neighboring Faiths youth programs used throughout our UU congregations.
As with most “neighboring faith” programs, youth will learn about other faith traditions while remaining rooted to UUism and our monthly themes. The faith traditions covered include: Unitarian Universalism, Judaism, Christianity, Catholicism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Quakers, Islam, etc.
In Crossing Paths, we will explore various religious traditions through different lenses. One of those lenses is how each faith defines “the problem in the world”and “the solution” to that problem. For instance, Buddhism sees the problem in the world as suffering and the solution is Nirvana or enlightenment. Christians see the problem in the world as sin and thesolution as salvation.
We UUs have our own unique perspective. Put simply, we have tended to see “separation” as the problem and “reconnection” as the solution. What grabs our attention and breaks our hearts as UUs isseeing how the world separates or disconnects people from their deepest selves, each other and life’s gifts.
What grabs our attention and breaks our hearts as UUs is seeing how the world separates or disconnects people from their deepest selves, each other and life’s gifts. And so UUs respond by helping people restore those three sacred connections.