In these religiously raucous times, one can be easily confused. Susan Strouse offers in this readable book, practical ways of dealing with our confusion, while suggesting accessible paths toward the building of authentic interfaith community. She poses essential intrafaith questions to guide us as we seek to be faithful, hospitable believers. Through stories and theological insights, Strouse lavishes all who seek to live with grace in the current milieu a most meaningful gift. – Kathleen S. Hurty, Ph.D., co-editor of Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership: Where Grace Meets Power
An eye-opener that addresses the heart of something vital. Dialogue, respect, compassion are all bound up with each other. If this work is not done, it puts the human species in very grave peril. The book is an urgent and timely presentation for a pluralistic and respectful dialogue between the great wisdom ways of the worlds, with a view to dispelling ignorance and bias and promoting understanding through dialogue. - Roger Creet, member of First United Lutheran Church
Susan - I found your book enjoyable throughout. Your breakdown of the subject matter and handling each in bite-size pieces is very smart. Your section ending questions are also well-placed. I found myself either agreeing with or learning from everything you wrote. I would recommend the book being used in congregational settings quite highly.” - The Rev. Brian Stein-Webber, Chief Administrative Officer, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
INTERfaith dialogue is challenging enough, but INTRAfaith conversations are even more so. Rev. Dr. Strouse has given us a much-needed toolbox for engaging respectfully with each other to increase our understanding of the “other”.
Linda Crawford, Executive Director
Interfaith Center at the Presidio
San Francisco, CA
Pastor Susan M. Strouse is a native of Pottstown, PA (near Philadelphia) and a graduate of Antioch University/Philadelphia (B.A. in Human Services) and the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg (Master of Divinity) She has previously served congregations in Buffalo, NY and Novato, CA. She has been at First United Lutheran Church in San Francisco since December 2004.
In 2005 she received a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. Her area of study and interest is interfaith theology, particularly working with congregations and clergy to explore the meaning of being a Christian in our religiously diverse world. She is a member of the board of directors of the Interfaith Center at the Presidio and served as Interim Executive Director in 2011-2012.