January 14 – May 31, 2019
Today I want to express my gratitude for the wonderful "Interfaith Dialogue and Iftar Celebration" at the spiritual center this past Sunday. A diverse group of Muslims, Jews, Christians, and people of other beliefs and backgrounds gathered around tables in the sanctuary and listened to a few inspiring talks on our theme of "Classical Heroines and Contemporary Women"; our speakers told stories about Miriam (Moses' sister), Fatimah (Muhammad's daugher), and Mary Magdalene (Jesus' disciple and friend), and how they shape the life of faith for women and men today.
We then continued the conversation at our tables and learned so much from talking with people we had never met before from different backgrounds. We talked about what we learned from the speakers and also what we need to change moving forward in terms of gender justice and interfaith relations. The photo shows a Muslim teenager with his Jewish friend speaking eloquently about the courage needed to talk about our religious differences (a topic that came up in the conversation at their table).
Also, the ASK Muslim Sunday School that meets in our building during the program year provided a fabulous vegetarian meal to cap off the celebration!
In a world where there is so much hatred and misunderstanding across religious and racial-ethnic lines, it was a pleasure to come together to dialogue and break bread together, and do our small part to build the kind of multi-faith community that is the foundation for a peaceful world.