Ever wonder how it is that so many different religions all expect to heal the world on only their own terms? Every religious denomination has published studies demonstrating how modern America is running from organized religion. There is a reason for this phenomenon: organized religion spends more time perpetuating itself than offering relevant paths for the expression of faith. Whatever your denomination, there are core values that we share and which should lead us into a better respect for one another.
Every Sunday afternoon at 4 pm, Rabbi Marc Kline of Monmouth Reform Temple is inviting all members of the public, of all faiths (and even “ye of little faith”) to do just that — during a series of free, “no holds barred,” non-denominational open conversations presented (not at a house of worship, but in the neutral territory of a favorite neighborhood coffeehouse) under the name “This Is About Faith!”
Hosted at no Joe’s Coffee House in downtown Red Bank, the all-welcome discussion groups are conducted by Kline (who recently took over as full time Rabbi at MRT in Tinton Falls) in an informal setting, at which ideas are embraced, voices are heard, and free speech is encouraged at all times.
“Sectarian readings of text get in the way of faith,” states Rabbi Kline. “Leave your dogma at home, and bring your life experiences.”
To take part in any of the weekly Sunday sessions of “This is About Faith!,” RSVP to Rabbimarc@monmouthreformtemple.org — or “just show up!”