All One . I see this bumper sticker around Asheville a lot and always smile inside when I see it.
Max Hunt’s article, “Hidden in Plain Sight: WNC’s Eastern European Subcultures,” [Oct. 14, Xpress] was a testament to this pan-spiritual philosophy. While collectively we may worship differently, have different looking spiritual paths or none at all, we are “all one” human family.
I enjoyed reading the piece and learning about the Russian Orthodox / Eastern European community living locally. I have witnessed stories like the ones presented by Hunt in my own faith community as a Baha’i. Many Persian families and Baha’i immigrants from other cultures come here ([to] Western North Carolina and the USA) due to religious persecution. They are drawn, much like the Eastern Europeans, to our soil so they can practice their faith freely and enjoy a better quality of life with their families.
I am grateful to live in a community and a country that embraces diversity. I am always eager to learn about the journey of others and enjoyed Hunt’s article. More, please.
— Becky Morgan