It would have been so easy for God to have created humans with only one color, one faith, one language, one culture, etc., but He didn't, and for very good reason, in my opinion.

God created us differently because He wanted to give all of humankind the gift of diversity so that we might better come to know and appreciate our differences, but look at what we have done with this covenant! People around the world are blowing up each other and murdering innocent faith goers.

For this and other reasons, you don't want to miss Multi-Faith Conversations: How Friendships Among People of Faith Show the Way Forward in Today's Divisive Climate, a free event on Wednesday evening, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Whaling Museum's Cook Theater.

The idea began with Rabbi Raphael Kanter of Tifereth Israel Congregation, who joined me in conversation on 1420 WBSM, along with Reverend David Lima, Executive Minister, Inter-Church Council of Greater New Bedford and Martin Bentz, Outreach Coordinator, Islamic Society of Southeastern Massachusetts.

Fr. Jack Oliveira, Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in New Bedford couldn't make the radio appearance but will be part of the multi-faith event that will be moderated by Beth Perdue, the Regional Engagement Editor for GateHouse New England.

Four Abrahamic congregations in New Bedford are coming together from separate houses of worship to promote peace and understanding among communities of different faiths. I support and commend their effort because people have a proclivity to fear something that's different. Embracing our differences as well as our commonalities will help all of us to grow individually and as Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Phil Paleologos is the host of The Phil Paleologos Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @PhilPaleologos. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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