One doesn’t have to look far to know the world is in turmoil.

Gender, sexual preference, religion, race, cultural background, and other “dividing lines” abound.

So, what can be done to achieve peace?

I believe the ideal way to break down barriers and facilitate understanding is through education.
Education, both intellectual and emotional, usually occurs best when you personally meet someone who is different than yourself and everyone drops their barriers and becomes vulnerable. As you get to know them, they are humanized and you can see through the myth and misperceptions that previously clouded your thoughts about that “group,” however it may be defined (e.g., gender, religious, sexual orientation, cultural, etc.). We begin to realize that, in our humanity, we have more commonalities than differences. It is a beautiful thing to see unfold.

World Religion News wrote an article that helps us all both understand, and appreciate, the differences and similarities that inherently exist among many of the world’s religions.

An excerpt is below. Please read the full article HERE.

Take a look into other religions with these videos. Religions are taking advantage of the popularity of online video and using it as a way to introduce the public to different world religions with clips introducing their parishioners.

Meet a Muslim, a YouTube video by Tara Miele features a diverse array of Muslims living in America who together with their children and spouses share their experiences, joys, and fears. Contrary to the frequently featured images and clips of violent jihadists, this clip is meant to dismiss common misconceptions regarding the Islamic community in America. “Whether it is through Christianity, whether it is through Buddhism or if you are an atheist, Islam is just one of those paths to help us connect with the world around us,” commented a pediatrician in the clip. To many, being a Muslim in America seems quite a heavy burden. It is a proven fact, and researchers at the Pew Research Center have found that if a person knows a Muslim, he or she is more likely to have a favorable view of Muslims. There are very many variations to being Muslim. “What I like about Islam is that there are many variations to it.” Remarked a person in Tara’s clip. The ‘naughty’ Muslim adds, “Societies create their monsters, it’s the fear of the unknown.” Most, if not all of the people interviewed argue that ignorance fuels hatred towards the Muslim community. “How can you hate me so much when we’ve never actually spoken?” questioned one of the people in the video. The statement clearly illustrates the plight of Muslims in modern America.

The Church of Scientology’s video channel features a series called “Meet A Scientologist” through which you get to view life from the perspective of a Scientologist. Scientology is a religion founded by L. Ron Hubbard. Scientology doctrines are pillared on many principles among them being: “Man is an immortal spiritual being; his experience extends well beyond a single lifetime and his capabilities are unlimited even if not presently realized.” “I am a Scientologist because it works for me, I can take the things that I learn from it and apply in my life. I tell myself what to do; I run my life,” remarked Sandra, a personal assistant. Scientologists believe that Man is good and that his spiritual salvation depends upon himself, his fellows and his attainment of brotherhood with the universe. “Through Scientology, I was able to find solutions to problems in my life despite being an able real estate agent. I am at a point in life when I don’t have those stops; I can expand and win in life as much as I want to,” commented Matt, a real estate agent.

Meet the Mormons is a documentary that seeks to examine the Mormon faith through the experiences of individuals dedicated to the Mormon faith around the world. The Mormons are a group of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Mormon faith derives its name from the Book of Mormon. The people of the faith believe in the book of Mormon and have been known to refer to themselves as Latter-day Saints. People of the Mormon faith are from diverse backgrounds, and like every other person, they have their experiences and stories. The religion encourages humans who share a deep commitment to Jesus Christ, to each other and their neighbors to connect. The Latter-day Saints believe that through Jesus Christ all humankind may enjoy eternal life with their families in God’s kingdom.

Read more at World Religion News: “Meet People from Different Religions”