Shari and Jacob Take a Trip
Team Member: Jacob Yonan
EVENT DATE Aug 09, 2015
Shari Halliday-Quan wrote -
We're family, and we've got a lot in common, but we've also found our spiritual homes in very different types of religious communities. We've got a lot to learn from each other...and about each other. So we're taking an interfaith trip, and we need your help to do it.
With flights for Jacob, train and bus tickets, registration fees for the workshop, car rental in Boston, gas and food, we estimate projects costs to be $2100. We need help in making make this happen, and we'd love to have your support. Whether it's $1000 or $5 or words of encouragement, everything is appreciated.
While we were growing up, our family wasn't particularly religious. Despite this, Shari and Jacob are now training to become religious leaders. This convergence of career paths is certainly a surprise for these two cousins born a decade apart, but it's made even more interesting by the large distance between our two religious traditions. Shari is a Unitarian Universalist, a religious liberal who believes that Black Lives Matter, marriage equality is a human right, and atheists, pagans, and Jesus-lovers can worship together in our church. Jacob is a non-denominational Christian who has a heart for God and people, hoping to reach the world with the message of Jesus. While he is a member of Hillsong Church and a bible college student at The Master's College, Jacob has a strong desire to reach out to others that believe differently, in hopes of learning and understanding those outside of his own circle, while also showing love to those individuals as well.
We are both called to ministry. We're doing the same thing (we think!), but in very different ways and from very different perspectives (we think!). We think, but we aren't sure and we'd like to find out. Thanks to an opening in both our schedules before Shari begins seminary in pursuit of her Masters of Divinity and Jacob begins his sophomore year of college, we are planning an interfaith trip together to learn more about each other's traditions. We'll spend time attending events, meeting people, and going to Sunday services with people from both of our religious traditions. Along the way, we hope to learn more about each other's faiths, as well as get to know each other as adults.
We'll also be blogging and taking photos so you can follow along. Please visit our blog, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Share widely, and if you have any questions or suggestions for us during the trip, please don't hesitate to leave a comment.