Rev. N. J. L’Heureux, Jr. is the executive director of the Queens Federation of Churches. He is the moderator of the Committee on Religious Liberty of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. He is also the president of the Queens Interfaith Hunger Network. He is the former chairman of the Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing and former chairman of the Committee of Religious Leaders in the City of New York.

“We as people, from whatever country, with whatever faith, whatever culture we spend our lives growing up in, it’s very important that we recognize one another as members of the same human family. And that we see each other in the light of familiarity, rather than difference.”

“Obviously, for those who encounter it, the Hizmet Movement portrays a sense of dialog and coming together. For those who’ve never heard of it, obviously, it has no meaning whatsoever. I think that that is important, that we do experience a common life, a common understanding, and that starts with understanding what the faith commitments are of the other. It’s not a denial. It’s not a merging of the faiths. But it’s a recognition that there are elements, and surprisingly so, that are much more alike, even within the theology of the faiths, than there are things that are different.”

“We are people together in one enterprise, which is God’s enterprise. Whether we follow the teachings of Islam, or of Judaism, or Christianity, Buddhism, Hindu, etcetera, however we seek to identify ourselves, and to capture with some sense of sensitivity and understanding, our relationship with God and one another, it really winds up coming out very similarly, irrespective of the different faiths. And for us to deny that reality for the sake of creating a siloed community, to be able to be triumphalistic, to say “we are the ones, and the only ones, and we have all the truth and no one else has the truth,” that’s just simply ignorant and wrong.”

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