In Good Faith

conversations at the crossroads

The "In Good Faith"  team is a community of religious, spiritual, and educational leaders modeling respectful, honest and engaging interfaith dialogue. "In Good Faith" columns answer questions about religion, spirituality and the things that matter to us as human beings - on the air or in 25 words or less.

 

It all started from…

the belief that interfaith dialogue is crucial to creating peace on the planet. Initiated in May of 2013, as the collaborative effort of Rev. Dr. Ahriana Platten and Mr. John Weiss, Chairman and then-Publisher of the Colorado Springs Independent newsweekly, In Good Faith is grounded in a commitment to dialogue that doesn’t aim at mere agreement, but rather embodies a process of respectful speaking and active listening in equal parts. 

The phrase In Good Faith was chosen as a reminder that each dialogue is entered into in an authentic, honest and open manner.  Participants in a conversation held “in good faith” come to the proverbial table agreeing to partake in a mutually respectful discussion aimed at a deeper understanding of spirituality, religion - more specifically, and the common concerns we share as human beings.

Questions are submitted by listeners and readers, as well as members of the In Good Faith team.  Some are academic in nature, such as, “What is the value of sacred texts and how do you know what is fact and what is fiction?”  Other questions are oriented toward day-to-day life circumstances, for example “My son is involved with drugs.  He is only 15 and I don’t know how to respond.  Does your faith provide an answer?” Panelists include clergy members, educators, and special guests with relevant experience.

Our goals...

-       To educate about various faith traditions

-       To demonstrate healthy interfaith conversation

-       To inspire others to engage in mutually respectful interfaith conversations

Connecting to us...

In its written form, In Good Faith is a column featured weekly in the Colorado Springs Independent, which is distributed for free and has "142,000 loyal readers."  In Good Faith-Conversations also airs as a one-hour podcast/radio program each week on Studio 809 Radio.

If you’d like to engage in conversation with other In Good Faith readers, listeners, and our panelists, please join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/interfaithconversations/  You may submit a question here, or send it by email to AskInGoodFaith@gmail.com

We are grateful to the Colorado Springs Independent, Studio 809 Radio, and Paul Schwotzer Recording Studio for their generous contributions to this project.

In Good Faith is a public service effort.  No participant, on any level, is paid for their involvement. Instead, the efforts of this team, and everyone involved, reflect a commitment to creating a world that works for all.