Interfaith Understanding

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May 25-28: Pilgrimmage of Trust: Brother Emmanuel from Taizé, France will be visiting the US and Canada

During Week 51 of The First 52 Weeks, I visited a Taizé service with my family at All Saints Church in Pasadena, California. It was a peaceful and deligtful experience. Early last year, I attended another at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, a church that had been part of The First 52 Weeks as well – although … Continue reading

Muslim and Hindu Exchange Students, Jewish teens learn about religions

Something that has intrigued me on this ongoing spiritual journey is the topic of how culture and religious beliefs are passed from parent to child. Because of this, I found this Washington post article fascinating – it highlights a program by Congregation Beth El in Bethesda and AFS Intercultural Programs brings together U.S. and international teens of different … Continue reading

All American Muslim – The Reality Show

In January of this Year, the Chicago Tribune’s Page wrote an article sharing that “It Couldn’t Hurt to Have a Muslim Cosby Show.”  The premise was that the Cosby Show opened the door so America could look into the lives of a middle class Black family, and learn what that looked like. Although others disagreed, … Continue reading

Muslim cab drivers rescue New York City’s oldest Jewish bagel bakery from closing, plan to keep it kosher

# 19 of the 52 things I learned from 52 Weeks of Worship states…”Food and Worship go hand in hand…” In this case, Bagels and Bialys joined Muslim cab drivers with a small business owner in Brooklyn. Heartwarming story. The oldest bialys store in the country is still on a roll. The sweet smell of … Continue reading

Keeping Your Spirit Lifted – The Optimistic Diversity Radio Show

Part of the reason why “The First 52 Weeks” turned into an ongoing project was because I realized that my life was being blessed by a focus on continuing to see and experience God everywhere. Although there are 3 main churches where I now find myself worshipping when I am in Chicago, I still continue … Continue reading

From Christian, to Muslim…to Rastafarian

A curious story…the son of a Pentecostal preacher sues the government and wins. It appears that a prospective employer required him to cut his hair – something that did not agree with the Rastafarian faith that he began practicing after his journey took him from Christianity to Islam to Rastafarianism.  Read the story in the Roanoke … Continue reading

The 9/11 Decade: Small Leaps of Faith

  As the tenth anniversary of 9/11/2001 approaches, there are many stories emerging about attempts to encourage understanding between people of different faith communities. I enjoyed reading this New York Times article about this phenomenon. The more we can understand each other and the ways we worship, the better for us all, I think.  Read … Continue reading

Fasting For Ramadan bonds Catholic, Muslim Friends

#25 of the 52 Things that I learned from 52 Weeks of worship states: “It is quite ok to believe one thing, and stand shoulder to shoulder with people who believe something else.” Two women, Jordan Pahl, and Dahlia Bazzaz have learned this lesson, apparently. Their story of friendship and inter-faith sharing and understanding was … Continue reading

Four commenters of different faiths share their thoughts on, and experiences of, fasting

It’s been a few years since I went on a fast – for spiritual, or health reasons, but being the daughter of an alternative medicine proponent and holistic health practitioner (my mother), I have been inspired to do, or directed to do many fasts over my adult life – from water fasts, to juice fasts, to … Continue reading

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