Tuesday, March 9
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Tag: interfaith

Daily Practice 2017.09.06 – Gazing Upon the Other

Daily Practice 2017.09.06 – Gazing Upon the Other

Meditation Yesterday, I had the privilege of a day apart with my colleagues. We were at a daytreat (1-day retreat) led by Jamal Rahman. I've known of his work for quite some time. I saw him first about 8 years ago as he was a member of the Three Interfaith Amigos. That is, Rabbi Ted Falconer, Pastor Don Mackenzie, and Imam Jamal Rahman. They are wonderful folks. We started the day by chanting a short song, perhaps 2 minutes or less, and going around a circle and chanting it to each person present. Looking into their eyes the entire time. Or I suppose we were to look one another in our eyes. I did. I kept my eyes open to the other and invited them subliminally to enter into this with me. The first time, I was surprised because I didn't think about eyes when we were given our instruct...
Christmas is Here!

Christmas is Here!

spiritual practice, Spirituality
An original piece of music from Larry Bridges, my son's music teacher! "May Christian, Muslim, Jew and all find peace through brotherhood." ... "Time to put aside the past time to start anew time to share in love at last. Christmas Day is near. Christmas Day is here." Larry Bridges: http://www.youtube.com/user/singerteacher Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/54908604@N08/6537302105 by the US Embassy in Pakistan, Creative Commons License 2.0

Caution: Heretic at Work

Christianity, Religion, Spirituality, Theology
This has been an extraordinary week.  On Monday, I was involved with a city-wide ecumenical worship service.  It was the culminating event for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  At this event, we had a wide range of ecumenical communities represented.  AME Zion to American Baptist to Unitarian Universalist.  We came together knowing that there is much that separates us, but we have one thing in common:  service to the world. Today, Thursday, I was involved in a interfaith worship focusing on prayers for peace.  Prayers were offered from the Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Native American traditions.  The prayers were done in each one’s tradition.  I experienced the chanting of the Buddhists, the words of the Christians, the song of the Qur’an in Arabic, the song of Jewish p...