Intra v. Inter

logo--grn shadow The attack on the Boston Marathon left a lot of nerves rattled myself included. I feared the crazies would come out of the woodwork demanding the heads of those who would attack a peaceful event that the Boston Marathon is. I looked to my deities for comfort just as millions of others did around the world when they heard two bombs had been set at the finish line.

I was gratified to hear there was to be an interfaith service. The service included “Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley joined Rev. Liz Walker from Roxbury Presbyterian Church; Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Methodios; Rabbi Ronne Friedman of Temple Israel; Rev. Nancy Taylor, minister at Old South Church ; Nasser Weddady, chair of the New England Interfaith Council and director of the American Islamic Congress; Bishop John Borders III, pastor of Morning Star Baptist Church in Mattapan; and the Rev. Roberto Miranda, pastor of Lion of Judah Congregation in Roxbury on the altar as the service began.” (source). I listened to the service as I headed out to an appointment.

What I heard on the radio was intrAfaith: that is, the faith of three God fearing religions. Jews, Christians, and Muslims have a lot of work to do within their three faiths when it comes to getting along and not using Mother Earth as their pulpit. But I don’t like the use of the word “interfaith” do describe the work the Big Three participate in. Rather, I call that intrafaith.

Interfaith would have included Hindus, Buddhists, and Pagans. I’m sure there was at least one Hindu, one Buddhist, and one Pagan ran the marathon out of the 26,000+ runners that Patriot’s Day. It would’ve been nice to have been acknowledged for the fear we felt, to be comforted in our time of need. So if — when sadly — this happens again let the leaders of a myriad of faiths come together instead of just the Big 3 so we can all heal collectively. When putting together interfaith events please make sure they are interfaith and don’t just represent the three most dominant religions.

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