We all realize that our world, our country, and our community are becoming increasingly pluralistic. We are more likely than ever to have a neighbour, a co-worker, or a friend whose faith tradition is different than our own. We have moved past Christendom to a day and age where our reality is very multi-faith. While we can celebrate the diversity that means for us, we are also keenly aware that this reality we live in presents some challenges.
We have seen the worst side of religious conflict in the many acts of violence that over the centuries have been committed in the name of the Divine. In more recent years, conflicts fuelled by religious fanaticism and extremism have brought to our attention the need for a better understanding of different religions and different cultures. What do we really know about each other? It is incumbent upon us to look beyond ourselves to become educated about those who share a faith different than our own.
This is an invitation for you to join in a conversation about a book that encourages dialogue between the Abrahamic traditions of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. To encourage our conversation we will read a great new book. Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi and a Sheikh is a first hand account of interfaith dialogue between three faith leaders from Seattle. Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon and Sheikh Jamal Rahman are known as the ‘Interfaith Amigos.’ Theirs is a story which encourages compassion and understanding and demonstrates to the world that cooperation between the faiths is indeed achievable.
To register please call St. Mark’s by-the-Lake Church at 519 735 4921 or email the Reverend Kevin George at firstname.lastname@example.org . Books are available from the Church at a cost of $15. Please register by January 24th.
You can learn more about the Pastor, The Rabbi and the Sheikh by visiting www.interfaithamigos.com