1000s engaging across old faith taboos & political walls
Tuesday, 20 September 2011
There is no Clash of Civilizations
between the Muslim World and the West.
There is only a clash of ignorances.
~ Andre Azoulay, Moroccan Jew
Advisor to King Mohammed VI of Morocco
"Life is not a contest or a conquest,
but a quest for the best in each and every one of us."
~ Hugh, Mann, M.D.
Eagle Rock, Missouri
9/11 clarified forever: Neither technology nor distance can keep us safe.
Sustainable security lies best in excellent, perpetual relationships.
And dignifying each other.
This has always been prescribed in our wisdom traditions.
Now a book and an exquisite film remind us of our history, and prescribe our shared future.
Shalom/Salaam: A Story of a Mystical Fraternity reminds us that Islamic and Jewish ideas, traditions, and people commingled to positively influence both paths to deepen in wisdom, both peoples to flower.
Shalom/Salaam: A Story of a Mystical Fraternity reminds us of historic, loving interfaith relationships between Islamic mystics and spiritual Jews, most memorably for nearly one thousand years during the centuries of "convivenica" -- interfaith living together, in Muslim-ruled Spain.
Author Tom Block offers more at http://www.tomblock.com/11shalom/
LEARN MORE about his breakthrough book:
Shalom/Salaam: A Story of a Mystical Fraternity
Fons Vitae, November 1, 2010, 248 pages
documents the two most important thinkers of medieval Muslim Spain: Averroes
the Muslim, and his Jewish counterpart, Rabbi Moses Maimonides.
The 82-minute film explores the legacy of these two philosophers, as well as their contemporary importance for today's interfaith relations, especially for Muslims, Jews, and Christians seeking to overcome fear and ignorance created by distance between them.
Filmed over 10 years in the USA, Spain, Morocco, France, Italy, Egypt, Palestine, and Israel, this esthetically exquisite film is a must for students of religion, history, life, and community building.
Out of Cordoba:
Averroes and Maimonides in Their Time and Ours
Trailer (8-1/2 min)
Now appreciate everyday citizens who are meeting -- painting of picture
of our close-at-hand future together.
MUSLIMS & JEWS
FACEBOOK, THEN FACE-TO-FACE
Last July 2011 in Paris, France, about 100 Jews and Muslims sat on shared blankets snacking on carrots and Middle Eastern pastries.
It looked like a family reunion, but most of the people had never met face to face.
They are part of SHALOM PAIX SALAM -- http://www.facebook.com/groups/ShalomPaixSalam
Building bridges between Muslims and Jews in France, they are fostering a community on Facebook where members can interact directly online about their lives, questions that interest and even haunt them.
Its revolutionary, says Mohamed Kamli, a Muslim law student at the Sorbonne and one of the groups assistant directors. You dont have to go up to a random person on the street and say, You have a kipah, lets talk about some issues.
The group is trying to change the nature of the relationship of Jews and Muslims in France.
Already with 1,600 fans on Facebook, the group keeps transforming online contacts to authentic, face-to-face relationships while organizing film screenings, museum tours, lectures, picnics, and other meet-ups.
They even made a collective statement and peace march at the Eiffel Tower.
Putting aside politics is something that isnt done here in France by the other organizations, Kamli says.
That approach is what attracted two young Parisian Muslim sisters, Sana and Rizlaine Atifi, to the organization.
It's very important to connect all people, Rizlaine Atifi says.
In the world, there are so many problems about religion."
You can think whatever you want, but the most important thing is to respect the differences between us," agrees sister, Sana.
We can live together very well.
How to use Facebook to build friendships
between French Muslims and Jews
by Alex Weisler -- July 18, 2011
2,000 MUSLIMS & CHRISTIANS
CONSIDER THEIR SHARED FUTURE
The only hope we have to tone down our fear of Muslims and the only thing Jesus commands us to do is love its done by engaging others, says Bob Roberts, Jr., Senior Pastor at Northwood Church.
Last Sunday in Northwood Church in Keller, Texas, 1,000 Christians and 1,000 Muslims came together to embark on societal change.
It is part evangelical Christian churches in the United States increasingly embracing people of other faiths and willingly and actively engaging in meaningful dialogue in order to solve common problems of poverty, education, and social justice.
Two billion Christians and over 1.5 billion Muslims are over half of humankind.
Paired and cooperative, they can impact our society in a personal and powerful way in this 21st century calling for unprecedented creativity and cooperation.
1,000 Christians and 1,000 Muslims
Common Ground News -- 20 September 2011
VIEW VIDEOS from Texas:
Building Bridges with Fellow Texans
Northwood Church -- Keller, Texas -- 18 September 2011
Part 1 (6 min)
Part 2 (1-1/2 min)
Part 3 (12 min)
Part 4 (5-1/2 min)
Part 5 (1/2 min)
Part 6 (6-1/2 min)
Part 7 (1/2-min)
Part 8 (9-1/2 min)
200 CHRISTIANS & MUSLIMS
IN YOUTH INTERFAITH DIALOGUE
In October 2012, Muslim and Christian young adults will again engage face to face in Jos, central Nigeria.
3rd Annual Conference on Youth and Interfaith Communication
They will deepen and expand upon their brave, successful 2010 encounter, the
subject of a coming documentary film, DIALOGUE IN NIGERIA -- http://traubman.igc.org/vidnigeria.htm
VIEW the film's roll-in:
DIALOGUE IN NIGERIA
Roll-in -- 3-1/2 min video -- film coming in late 2011
IN THE HOLY LAND
BEYOND ABRAHAMIC FAITHS
EXPANDING INCLUSION OF WISDOM TRADITIONS
In Jerusalem, the Interfaith Encounter Association -- http://www.interfaith-encounter.org -- continues gathering widely diverse women, men, and youth in deep listening and learning.
Recent breakthroughs include participation by West Bank settlers.
Almost unnoticed last week, a handful of these Jews, Muslims, and Christians begin considering non-Abrahamic people and faith traditions, including of Sikhs, Hindus, Taoists, Buddhists, plus views and practices of indigenous Africans and Native Americans.
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These and hundreds of other success stories are preserved at http://traubman.igc.org/messages.htm