The indispensable guidebook to help the well-meaning guest when visiting other people s religious ceremonies updated and revised. New edition
We North Americans live in a remarkably diverse society, and it s increasingly common to be invited to a wedding, funeral or other religious service of a friend, relative or coworker whose faith is different from our own. These can be awkward situations....What will happen? What do I do? What do I wear? What do I say? What should I "avoid" doing, wearing, saying? Is it okay to use a video camera? How long will it last? What are their basic beliefs? Will there be a reception? Will there be food? Should I bring a gift? When is it okay to leave?
These are just a few of the basic questions answered in How to Be a Perfect Stranger. This easy-to-read guidebook, with an Everything You Need to Know Before You Go checklist, helps the well-meaning guest to feel comfortable, participate to the fullest extent possible and avoid violating anyone s religious principles while enriching their own spiritual understanding. Featured faith traditions include:
African American Methodist Churches Assemblies of God Baha i Baptist Buddhist Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) Churches of Christ Episcopalian and Anglican Hindu Islam Jehovah s Witnesses Jewish Lutheran Mennonite/Amish Methodist Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Native American/First Nations Orthodox Churches Pentecostal Church of God Presbyterian Quaker (Religious Society of Friends) Reformed Church in America/Canada Roman Catholic Seventh-day Adventist Sikh Unitarian Universalist United Church of Canada United Church of Christ"