Our work at Bridges does not fit in existing religious, strategic or institutional molds. Bridges has discovered groundbreaking secrets hidden in the ancient languages of the scriptures:
Our work is exciting and thankfully does NOT need Universalism, Syncretism, Chrislam or Pluralism.
Our communities and our freedoms are negatively impacted by opposing ideas which are most apparent in the case of religiously founded radicalism.
Bridges represents a hopeful alternative, the yeast of an awakening already happening; one that is able to fuel fundamental change.
"Religion" as an institution is comprised of mainly man-made doctrines and traditions. "Pure religion, according to God, is to take care of orphans and widows when they suffer and to remain uncorrupted by this world."
Bridges does NOT promote an outward "conversion" to a particular religious institution in the traditional sense; Nor does Bridges promote the rejection of ones religion or cultural traditions.
The Bridges philosophy is that "conversion" and "true religion" is reflected by an inward "turning to" the one God, creator of heaven and earth.
While we may cherish and adhere to our faith traditions, we would rather associate ourselves as, "followers of Jesus the Messiah" and submitted to God, rather than defining ourselves by our religious identities.
Bridges does NOT promote an outward "conversion" to a particular religious institution in the traditional sense; Nor does Bridges promote the rejection of ones religion or cultural traditions. We are simply "Followers Of Jesus" -- Worshipping The God Of Abraham As Jesus Instructed.
A "bridge" is a means to connect people, often from different backgrounds and communities. A bridge is a necessary infrastructure, allowing those represented on opposite sides of a divide to interact with one another. In terms of our organization, our bridge facilitates a much needed process of conflict resolution between the commonly divided Abrahamic faith groups.
This "bridge" does NOT serve to "merge" these different groups creating "one religion", rather it serves to limit division and dispel any fears of the unknown. We are building bridges & friendships to follow God's greatest commandments.
"Common Ground" refers to mutually shared beliefs between two or more groups/cultures. For our organization, this also includes dispelling typical misunderstandings. Instead of dwelling on differences, we focus on the most important aspects of our individual faiths to uncover unique commonalities based upon our research of the Semitic scriptures.
Bridges To Common Ground even successfully addresses divisive topics such as:
In the process revealing newly understood agreements on these unnecessarily inflammatory issues. This ultimately brings these groups closer together in order to more effectively address problems such as religiously founded radicalism.
Bridges To Common Ground aims to empower what we refer to as "awakenings". These awakenings are occurring all over the world and are represented by both spiritual and political movements.
We see this awakening as an organic movement of people from all backgrounds and cultures, submitting to God, following Jesus and inspiring reconciliation...or in other words, a non-religiously exclusive, Jesus-centric movement.
We accomplish this by infusing these movements with hopeful and spiritual alternatives to the status quo. It is imperative that we re-direct fear and frustration, in it's place creating an effective and constructive awakening.
The result is not simply another nice sounding but mostly useless interfaith encounter or universalistic utopia, but rather a concrete, Jesus-centric blueprint to empower a major paradigm shift, both personally and culturally.