Interfaith is a Two-way Street

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Safaa told us that, in her native language, she could tell us so much more about what Women of Faith means to her, but what she does say is perfectly clear. "This group is my life." Members of our local Islamic Center continue to be threatened, but when she's with us, she feels safe. We are safety. She tells us about the death threats and that it doesn't make any sense to her because she's been here since 1982. Her children were born and raised here. This is her home. Understandably, she's … [Read more...]

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The Spirit of the Season

As we enter the winter holiday season I am struck by the discord that seems to arise each year at this time over whom the holiday “belongs to”. It’s as if there is a conclusion that the celebrations of the season are limited to one religion only, that the celebrations are a finite commodity to be “owned” by one group or another. How silly. Just because I celebrate Yule, someone else celebrates Christmas, and another joins with family to honor Kwanzaa doesn’t mean that any of us impacts the meanin … [Read more...]

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Hatred is the Poison of the Soul

“Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me.” By Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller, 1955This month I find myself trapped between the events of 9/11 and a Samhain that seems more and more filled with the angry voices of both the living and the dead. Perhaps that is why Mabon with its call for balance and for letting go of that which is not helpful seemed especially poignant. There is so much hatred and fear in the world and it seeps into our souls like some slow and insidious poi … [Read more...]

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Community Pilgrimage – Sharing Our Faiths

For our ancient ancestors having a fear of that which is “different” was a survival trait that kept them alive.  And this deeply engrained trait has remained active throughout human history into the present time.  However, it is now more of a problem than it is a help in promoting peace and understanding amongst groups of peoples. One area in which this fear of the “different” has remained strong is the realm of religion.  And this fear has led to violence, open warfare, and even genocide, not i … [Read more...]

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Pre-Ramadan Dinner With Friends

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My invitation came by email, though I wasn’t sure from whom.  I pinged a Muslim friend and learned she was going to attend so I turned in my rsvp, “yes.”  But what was a Pre-Ramadan dinner?  Should I wear a veil?  Would I have to take my shoes off? Would the program be long and boring?  Would we have to wait until sundown to eat – oh no, thank goodness Ramadan did not start until the following morning.The event turns out to have been a program of the S.C. Dialogue Foundation who are primarily … [Read more...]

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