Is the following sentence parallel? "The program commenced with the speaker explaining the definition of recollection, which means reuniting with God and that we need to have faith in Him."
If I added another gerund phrase in the sentence and said, "which means reuniting with God, admiring Him, and that we need to have faith in Him." the sentence would sound totally wrong in contrast to the first sentence that sounded right.
So is it allowed to not follow the parallelism rule when you're connecting only 2 ideas?