May 27, 2015


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Let’s converse, not convert

Donna Harris has a challenge for a reader of the faith page: She would like to have a serious face-to-face discussion with you about God.

"I think one of the things I’d like to do is sit down and talk to a person of faith and see what they believe," says Harris, president of the Humanists, Atheists and Agnostics of Manitoba (HAAM).

Baptized Roman Catholic, Harris describes her family as not terribly religious and she would like a better understanding of why people of faith, particularly Christians, believe in God.

"My rational, science-based mind doesn’t include belief in a supreme being," says Harris, who recently spoke to a confirmation class at Windsor Park United Church about atheism and humanism.

"I no longer see any evidence for a deity (because) this world is too random or too neutral."

But she is curious about why — and how — others come to a different conclusion and she’s willing to have a discussion with someone who wants to converse with her about faith without setting out to convert her.

I’m happy to facilitate that discussion. But I’ve got a few ground rules: Come prepared to listen, be respectful, and most of all, please don’t condemn. Send me an email and I’ll set up a conversation with Harris, one that I may share with the readers of the Faith page at a later date.

And I wish I didn’t have to say this: No hate mail, please. Let’s have a dialogue, not a diatribe.

brenda@suderman.com

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