Multi-faith panel encouraging stronger neighborhoods
Chattanooga parents gathered today at the creative discovery museum to understand their differences and find common ground.
This multi-faith panel consisted of representatives from the Christian, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim faiths who talked about their experiences raising children in Chattanooga.
The goal was to build a stronger community.
Parents from different walks of life gathered together to help one another raise children.
Christians, Muslims, Jews, and Hindu’s explained their core values so their children will know how to interact with each other.
“Kids want to fit in you want them to fit in but you don't want it to compromise their beliefs to do so,” said Edisa Razic, representing Muslim-faith. ”So it's a challenge.”
Four panelist shared their experience with rising children in Chattanooga.
They were also asked to share any challenges.
“Our challenges are probably pretty similar no matter what that we are in the opportunities for engagement are really widespread,” said Alison Lebovitz, representing Jewish-faith.
Alison Lebovtiz says her mother referred to America not as a melting pot but as a stew.
The stew allows everyone to come together without losing their individuality.
“People different faiths colors backgrounds they should get to know those people they should appreciate their differences in by doing so they can appreciate who they are as individuals too,” said Lebovtiz.
Edisa Razic says she moved to Chattanooga when she was younger as a refugee.
She says she knows people have a lot of questions about the Muslim faith.
Razic encourages those questions.
“Just ask away every time someone says I hope this doesn't offend you know absolutely not you're not going to offend me if you ask me questions,” said Razic.
Many of the parents I spoke to say they attended the panel because their child was getting ready to go to a bigger school this fall.
The event was the first of its kind.