What We Do
Paths to Understanding is a non-profit organization based in Washington State. We bridge bias and build unity through multi-faith peacemaking.
We do this by
Telling inspiring stories
Supporting existing relationships between wisdom communities
Supporting new relationships between wisdom communities
Acting together for the common good
Countering religious based dehumanization
Training for Community Organizing
What We Believe
The truth about these times require us to act together for the common future of life on our planet.
The truth of each tradition offers gifts for the common good, when we know how to receive them.
The truth about connecting with other wisdom communities instructs and strengthens our commitment to our own.
Our roots run deep in pioneering interfaith movements of the Pacific Northwest. Rabbi Levine, Father Treacy and Pastor Rollander began the Challenge Program on KOMO TV out of a desire to counter dehumanization in the 1960’s. Their vision continued with the formation of Camp Brotherhood, an interfaith camp and retreat center near Arlington, WA. At least 250,000 people have engaged in interfaith encounter at the Camp.
Our roots run deep in pioneering interfaith movements of the Pacific Northwest. Rabbi Levine, Father Treacy and Pastor Rollander began the Challenge Program on KOMO TV out of a desire to counter dehumanization in the 1960’s. Their vision continued with the formation of Camp Brotherhood, an interfaith camp and retreat center near Arlington, WA. At least 250,000 people who engaged in interfaith encounter at the Camp.
With our founders’ attributes of compassion, curiosity and courage we began a revisioning in 2018 to meet the future’s challenge. Out of concern for the anti-Muslim bigotry rising in 2015, Pastor Terry Kyllo launched a program called Neighbors in Faith. Neighbors in Faith produced over 200 events around Washington State since its founding and has joined Paths to Understanding in 2019. We are in talks with other interfaith groups whose rich experience and history can nourish our common mission as well. We are just getting started!
Our staff, board, volunteers, and contributors are walking the path to understanding. We would like to learn from and with you as we comprehend the challenges we face, grow in compassion for ourselves and others, and build cooperative relationships for the common good.
Paths to Understanding is committed to maintaining an environment free from all forms of coercion and harassment that adversely affect the lives of those who lead, work, partner or participate with us. This commitment includes the prevention of proper response to sexual harassment, as well as harassment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
Paths to Understanding seeks bridge bias and build unity. We value creating an organization in which diversity, equity, inclusion and access for:
- faith and non-faith traditions
- races, ethnicities and immigration status
- gender Identities and sexual orientations
- socio-economic backgrounds and status
- types, sizes and shapes of families
- ableness, learning style or level of education