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Passover, Easter intersect, faiths come together

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March 31st, 2009

The "golden rule" seems to be the backbone of every spiritual practice. Christianity says, "Do unto others as you would have done to you." Judaism says, "What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow man." Even Buddhism echoes, "Hurt not others with that which pains yourself."

No matter the diversity of religious beliefs, spiritual faiths promote unity, kindness, and love.

The pastoral ministries department at all Erickson campuses supports their interfaith communities. "My job is to make sure people are comfortable in their traditions and do whatever I can to enhance that," says Richard Haddon, pastoral ministries coordinator for Ann s Choice.

"There are formed councils for each denomination that are run by the residents," says Nancy Burke, the new pastoral ministries coordinator for Maris Grove. The predominant councils at both communities represent the Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish faiths. There is also an Interfaith Council, and Burke is interested in implementing more interfaith programming, like journaling and personal reflections activities, that appeal to everyone. Also at Ann s Choice are the Freethinkers, the Quakers, the Unitarians, and the Buddhists, Haddon says.

Passover and Easter happen to intersect this year. To promote unity and to foster awareness of the different religions, both Ann s Choice and Maris Grove will be holding a seder on April 14, the meal indicating the beginning of the holiday and telling the story of Passover. Ann s Choice will be holding an ecumenical, or universal, Easter service on Monday, April 13, and both Catholic communities will be holding the traditional Stations of the Cross.

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