Belfast Telegraph

Perspectives: Marching to a different tune

By Alf McCreary

EVERY month a mountain of religious magazines lands on my desk, and I try my best to keep in touch with developing religious trends in the Province and much further afield.

EVERY month a mountain of religious magazines lands on my desk, and I try my best to keep in touch with developing religious trends in the Province and much further afield.

Recently the magazine of the United Kingdom Baha'is caught my eye, with a feature on a Baha'i school in Belfast.



The magazine states: "Every Sunday morning for the past 15 years, children have been travelling across Northern Ireland to attend a Sunday School in Belfast.

They come from towns as far apart as Rostrevor, Magherafelt and Lurgan ... the school has a curriculum that has been refined over the years and is based on Baha'i principles, teaching the unity of religions, and the unity of humanity.

The school is named after the famous Irish Protestant clergyman George Townshend, who became a Baha'i."



I am not a Baha'i but as a Presbyterian I welcome a spread of faiths in our small Province that for too long has been obsessed by the differences between Roman Catholics and Protestants - as if there were only somewhat differing versions of one faith and nothing else.

Those who think that their version of spiritual truth is the only one will have a rude awakening on the other side...

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