A few years ago Benyamin Cohen, the son of an Orthodox rabbi, decided to check out some Christian churches and see what all the excitement was all about.

He discovered lots of exciting things, like first time visitor parking at a Methodist church and ancient rituals at the Episcopal Church. He also learned that he had food and clothing commonalities with Mormons.

Cohen documents his journey in, “My Jesus Year.”

Religion students, youth groups and the theologically curious have taken similar journeys. We asked our panelists if they've been down this road.

Have you ever attended a church or place of worship for a faith outside your own? How did it help you better understand that faith? How did it influence your views on your own faith? 

Responses to this Viewpoint

Through interfaith dialogue I learn the most

Joe Niemiec |

In attending churches and activities for faiths other than my own I have found that it is through interfaith dialogue, panels, and one on one discussion that I learn the most. I may never “understand” a faith path but what I can do is learn the underlying teaching and respect the
beliefs of that path

My sample is wide

Bill Ellis |

My conclusion is that the spiritual “fault line” (if you will allow me a geological metaphor) is not best or most accurately drawn along the lines of which religion a person practices, as if the real issue in the religious and spiritual world today were whether or not a person is a Christian, a Jew, a Muslim or a Buddhist.

“Taste of Faith”

Kyle Franklin |

From the Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches, I learned the beauty of ancient traditions and felt a connection to billions of people who have participated in the same rituals for nearly 2,000 years.


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