Shattering stereotypes, with video
November 10th, 2010
Omaha, NE – All Jewish peopleâ€¦ many Christians thinkâ€¦ and Atheists areâ€¦ well, you can fill in the blank with the stereotypes that can surface when people talk about different faiths. Â An Omaha-based organization has a project underway designed to help shatter those stereotypes.
Project Interfaith, a non-profit organization, is producing a Mosaic video project with interviews from people all over the community, sharing the stories of their different faiths. Beth Katz, founder and executive director of the group, said Omaha has a diverse faith community, but she finds it challenging to provide opportunities for people from different religious backgrounds to interact. That, Katz said, often leads to the development of stereotypes.
â€œWe have a video from a Hindu community member,â€ she said, â€œwho talked about how people think that sheâ€™s polytheistic, that she believes in many Gods.â€Â â€œShe wanted to have the opportunity to correct that,â€ she said, â€œand say that she indeed is monotheistic and believes in one God and thatâ€™s a common misperception about Hinduism in our community.â€
Since September, Katz said, a team of 40 volunteer interviewers has been traveling around the community capturing stories about various faith groups.Â Katz said the project is a powerful way to break down stereotypes and introduce different faith community members to each other.
â€œThe whole point of this is not to try to promote a particular religion or particular belief,â€ she said. â€œThis is really an opportunity for people to come together online and watch peopleâ€¦ and learn a little about the diversity within our community, religiously and spiritually.â€
Katz said everyone who identifies with a faith, and those who donâ€™t, are welcome to share their story.Â Organizers say theyâ€™ll conclude the interview gathering process by February of next year, and they plan to launch the Mosaic video project online in April.
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