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Interfaith Dialogue and Connection with Tahil Sharma

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Tahil Sharma is a nationally recognized leader promoting religious/secular pluralism and social justice. He worked as the Hope Not Hate Campaign and Culturama Coordinator for AMP Global Youth, a project of Americans for Informed Democracy to promote interfaith cooperation and an intercultural, virtual exchange between students in the United States and the Middle East. He currently serves as a UN DPI-NGO Youth Representative for the Parliament of the World’s Religions and the Interfaith Liaison for Sadhana: the Coalition for Progressive Hindus.

Tahil also serves as a Religious Director from the Office of Religious Life at the University of Southern California and is a Germanacos Fellow with the Interfaith Youth Core, working on local initiatives to promote inter-religious dialogue and community engagement and service. He also serves as the Vice Chair for the Committee on Human Relations for the city of Claremont.


3 Big Takeaways:

  1. We all have common ground; we walk the same earth. We simply have to acknowledge it and work together for the common good.
  2. The way that you engage with your religion, faith and life philosophy is not the way that someone else may engage with it.  Two people that may affiliate themselves with the same, particular religion; however, their practice and beliefs may still differ.
  3. People may not be able to understand you completely, but that doesn’t mean you also misunderstand them completely. People’s lack of compassion is not an excuse for you to not be compassionate yourself.

Some questions I ask:

  • What is the hardest thing about doing interfaith work? (14:58)
  • How do you successfully engage with people who strong, opposing conviction to your own? (19:12)

Sneak Peak of More:

  • Serving as a Delegate at the United Nations (2:13)
  • Hindu Father, Sikh Mother (4:58)
  • A Tragedy and Calling to Do Interfaith Work (10:18)
  • The Search for Compassion and Understanding (26:34)


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