Project Conversion is an interesting project being undertaken by a fellow down the road in Raleigh; over the course of this year, he is “adopting” a different religion each month and blogging about it, as a sort of exercise in encouraging increased understanding of and communication with the religiously “other” in our midst. What I find most interesting about this is that he’s not just reading some books and trying on a few practices – he’s taking on mentors in each faith and getting actively involved with the communities in his area (as much as he can – there’s apparently only one Baha’i in Raleigh, which surprised me), really diving in head-first.
So far he’s been through Hinduism and Baha’i; March is devoted to Zoroastrianism, which I’m looking forward to as I know almost nothing about it as a living faith. If you want to start from the beginning, the first post is here (he only posts a couple of times a week, so it doesn’t take too much time to get through the whole archive).
PS – bonus thought for the day!
“Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out. Forget this, and achieving enlightenment will be the least of your worries.” – from David M. Bader‘s “Zen Judaism: For You, a Little Enlightenment”
Andrew actually lives in Lumberton which is a small town about 90 miles southeast of Raleigh. There is only one Baha’i in Lumberton, there are many in Raleigh. He visited them a few times during his Baha’i month.
Ah, that makes sense – thanks for the additional info! I’ve lived in or near Charlotte for 30 years now, but my knowledge of the geography “down east” (that is, east of Raleigh) is still sadly sketchy.