At the Practical Matters conference at Emory University in March 2018, the public plenary session featured inter-faith teachers, scholars, and activists to address three big questions: What are the practices of vibrant faith communities? What is the best way to sustain them? And how can we live into them and transform them? This conversation was moderated by Dr. Robert Franklin, Laney professor for Moral Leadership at Candler School of Theology. Practical Matters is proud to publish the video in full.
In this conversation, Pastor Brian McLaren emphasizes the need to be more inclusive in our common good story and offers a proposal of meta-practices that would bring about practical applications of the core values and traditions. Dr. Diana Butler Bass employs the metaphor of a sinking island to put forward a need for a more outward-looking attitude as a solution to find the core of gratitude in religious traditions. Finally, Dr. Abdullah Antepli recommends exploring differences in the faith traditions to understand the origins of their vibrancy.