The Southern California Interfaith Summit
By Jasmine Baker, Long Beach State
Over the years faith has become an increasingly difficult conversation to bring up. There was a time when it was ridiculous to think that someone you know could be a Nazi. Now Jews, Muslims, Black churches, and other minorities are being threatened. In this increasingly hostile environment, it is important for all of us to reach out to each other and talk, share, and inform. Ignorance is the stem of hatred.
The David Project is a blessing for this exact reason.
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, I met a surprising amount of people of other religions, and some that I had never even heard of. I was surprised at how others immediately connect to me. In many parts of the world, religions do not take well of each other, but at The David Project everyone was there to learn. I opened up and shared some personal parts of my struggles with finding faith and a community, and so did they. We all talked about how we are going to make the world a better place and after countless stories of how hate has targeted my community, I finally felt hope that this generation will make the change.