NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Four separate faiths came together here at Stephen F. Austin University today for a good cause.
An event titled Faith and Justice: Exploring the Crisis of Empathy was held on Friday where attendees tackled difficult topics and situations on how faith organizations can play a vital role in each.
Faith Education Community Board Member Jerry Williams said it's great to see people of different faith are working together.
"What we're really interested in is how people of faith and we mean this in very much an inner faith way, how people of faith can begin to sort of work together to address some of the most important problems that we have." Williams said.
Some of the topics that were discussed at the seminar were racial issues, climate justice, mental illness, gender equality and child abuse.
"I think the issue for us as Americans is that we are forever sort of dividing into two hostile camps. We don't like each other whether we are talking about politics or religion." Williams said.
This year's key note Speaker Reverend Patrick Delahanty also made his way out from Kentucky to speak on a subject that he is very passionate about.
"The use of the death penalty risks the execution of innocent defendants and the faith community has been there for a long time, but the urgency has increased." Delahanty said.
The hope is that by addressing some of these issues people of faith may become more motivated to get involved.
"A lot of what we do or possibly can do to solve social problems maybe can be motivated by our faith." Williams said.
Something that also makes this event so special is how diverse the groups are that come together for a greater cause.
"Generally we see this diversity in faith as sort of a cause of conflict but what we want to suggest is that actually people of faith no matter faith tradition often have a lot of things in common." Williams said.
Well over a hundred people turned out to hear sixteen different speakers that were present at Friday's faith and justice based seminar.