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Monday, September 12, 2005

interfaith dialog

as i sit down to describe an event i attended yesterday, the first word that comes to mind is "magical." i participated in an extraordinary exchange; i feel lucky to have been part of it.

the program, called "a faith-based discussion of conflict and humanity," included 4 panelists from the Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and Bahai faiths. each panelist focused on conflict and humanity, yet so much more was expressed and exposed in the 2 hour exchange. there were 30 of us attending at edmonds community college. 30 people learning from the wisdom and generosity expressed by the panelists, and engaging in the warmth and curiosity of the audience.

there were so many lessons to be learned from these wise leaders. at one point i stopped my typical note-taking frenzy, and listened, realizing that true knowledge would seep in without my pen to paper. i still haven't processed all of it, but one thought keeps looping through my brain: "you can only achieve justice justly."

this powerful event is going to stay with me for a long time. i have deep respect for those who organized it, and look forward to future collaborations. thanks to all who were involved.


At June 06, 2006 6:50 AM, Blogger Mojo said...

The first thing that came to my mind while reading your post is the imams and rabbis for peace gathering or hundreds or scholars representing Muslims, Jews and Christians for a noble cause. This major event was organized Under the High Patronage of His Majesty Albert II, King of Belgium
And of His Majesty Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, King of Morocco. A second congress was also organised in Spain. Though the attempt to organize the first congress in Al Akhawayn University in Morocco was sabotaged by people against progress, The two events show that there are millions of people out there who will defy negative and backward thinking and extend their hands and ideas beyond their national borders and beyond their religious thoughts.


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