Twenty five local high-school students and leaders met Saturday at Asbury United Methodist Church to learn about different faiths in a program called Interfaith Works. The idea is to encourage young people to have open discussions, ask questions and learn from each other about the different religious backgrounds in the room.
Prerna Abbi was the guest speaker. She is a humanist with Hindu roots and is particularly passionate about infusing interfaith plurality into community service.
Abbi is part of the Interfaith Youth Core, a group of young people from all faiths and traditions that promotes the common good of all. She led the youth in discussions and community building activities that focused on interfaith dialogue and service. During one portion of the morning, youth read sacred texts from various religious traditions and talked about how the value of service was present in all of them.