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Episcopal Students Hold Global Community Day

5:36 PM, Feb 8, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  A day dedicated to religious and cultural awareness brought the student body at Episcopal School of Jacksonville together.

A half-dozen ministers participated in the experience called "Global Community Day."

Matthew Levenson, who teaches history, helped organize the event that involved students quizzed on their understanding of religion, both their own and others.

"I wanted them to see how much they knew and hopefully the feeling while we know some of the questions, there are a lot of things we did not know and want to learn more," said Levenson.

Imam Joe Bradford represented the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida and fielded questions from students wanting to know details about the Islamic faith.

"You are going to find ignorant people where ever you go," said Bradord about people not understanding religions other than their own.

"It is really just a thing about educating people. It is hard to condemn a person for their ignorance. You really need to bring the positive out of it and try to make it a learning moment," said Bradford.  

A Pew Foundation survey of 3,500 adults recently found that most Americans could not answer more than 16 of 32 basic questions concerning religion.


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