Closed to Close is dedicated to creating connection and compassion for those around us. We believe that choosing to engage with our pluralistic society in this way is powerful and that by doing so, we can solve the most significant challenges communities and nations face. At Closed to Close, we provide resources that help foster empathic and compassionate problem-solving.
We do this by engaging communities, shining a light on the stories of vulnerable people, and strengthening interfaith relationships.
We believe that pluralistic societies can thrive when communities, with diverse backgrounds, come together to solve problems and embrace one another with love and respect.
We seek to foster the sacred place called empathy. A place where we're willing to see ourselves in others. Where we connect. Where we see value in every person and every perspective, even when we disagree. Especially when we disagree. Where we can celebrate and mourn with those around us. Where we are vulnerable enough to authentically invest. A place where toleration isn't enough, but where we embrace one another with love and compassion.
Simply put, our aim is to interview people of different faiths with the hope that we can transform the currently divisive dialogue into one that recognizes and appreciates the similarities and differences that make our country, and our world dynamic and beautiful. Regardless of how wholeheartedly we cling to the truthfulness of our personal faiths (and what a wonderful thing that is), we must come to appreciate and empathize with people of all religious persuasions. In so doing we can become a powerful force in establishing and maintaining the religious liberties of all people.
Religion is under attack.
In order to protect the divine rights of all individuals, people of faith must make the shift from being closed-minded to close.
As you watch our interviews, we encourage you to do so using the pillars suggested by the Former Bishop of Stockholm for the Church of Sweden, and professor emeritus at the Harvard Divinity School, Krister Stendahl (1921-2008). We also encourage you to get involved. Share our message, and become an advocate for religious liberty. Thank you, and may God bless.
Three Rules of Religious Understanding
When trying to understand another religion, you should ask the adherents of that religion and not its critics or enemies.
Don't compare your best traits to their worst.
Leave room for 'holy envy'.