- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: SkyLight Paths; 1 edition (June 26, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594732639
- ISBN-13: 978-1594732638
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
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Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi & an Imam Paperback – June 1, 2009
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"A masterful first-hand account of interfaith dialogue. Insightful, interesting, informative and important ... [will be] of great interest to individual readers and a rich resource for religious communities seeking to create such dialogue."
―Marcus J. Borg, best-selling author, The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith and other books
"[A] very personal book … proposes a road map for spiritual growth and interfaith cooperation. It will open [our] hearts and minds to each other and each other's faith traditions."
―Rabbi Leonard A. Schoolman, founding director, Center for Religious Inquiry, New York; author, The Changing Christian World: A Brief Introduction for Jews
“Not an ordinary book, rather the lived experience of three religious leaders and the exploration of their faith differences. Lifts up a way to peaceful living based in understanding and compassion.”
―Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, former general secretary, The National Council of Churches in Christ (United States)
“Courageous…. Provides an essential and inspiring guide to religious healing and the human step to spiritual maturity.”
―David Korten, board chair, YES! Magazine; author, Agenda for a New Economy and The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community
“Brings us something new: true and honest friendship as evidenced in tough talk and deep interspiritual sharing. Read this book and live it. Get your clergy to do the same.”
―Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author, The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Preparing to Practice
“Important. The perfect book to introduce the world of interfaith cooperation and understanding [and] a great way for any local religious community's adult study group to safely dive in.”
―Rev. Bud Heckman, director for external relations, Religions for Peace; author, InterActive Faith: The Essential Interreligious Community-Building Handbook
“Written with clarity, insight and wisdom ... provides a judicious model for developing bonds across religious boundaries. Read it―and put its recommendations into practice.”
―Sr. Mary C. Boys, Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology, Union Theological Seminary, New York City; coauthor, Christians & Jews in Dialogue: Learning in the Presence of the Other
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Inclusive spiritual awareness--it's a matter of our survival.
"Look around you. We are living in a pluralistic world society. While we might not talk about it much, we usually interact each day with those of different cultures and different religions. What we have found is that not talking about our differences really does not help. Even if we differ, even if we disagree, it is crucial for us to deepen the conversation."
--from the Introduction
Too often religion, which was meant to unite, is used to divide. This is the challenge of interfaith dialogue and collaboration--to dig beneath the layers of faith and work toward common ground. Join in the conversation with Interfaith Talk Radio's "interfaith amigos"--a pastor, a rabbi and a sheikh--as they share their belief and practice of inclusive spirituality. They take dialogue beyond the creeds of each faith tradition to the shared values of love, compassion and peace that lead us to healing. Drawing on their deeply personal journeys to interfaith collaboration, they give you the tools you need to take the next step into greater dialogue and deeper celebration in your spiritual life and in your community. Using the five stages of the interfaith journey as their guide, they will inspire you to:
* Move beyond separation and suspicion * Inquire more deeply
* Share both the easy and the difficult parts of each tradition
* Move beyond safe territory * Explore spiritual practices of other traditions
"Brings us something new: true and honest friendship as evidenced in tough talk and deep interspiritual sharing. Read this book and live it. Get your clergy to do the same."
--Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author, The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Preparing to Practicee
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Interfaith, according to the authors, involves recognizing the similarities of core beliefs among the world's three great Abrahamic religions. They identify these central values as "oneness" (Judaism), love (Christianity) and compassion (Islam),and "each is intertwined with the others."
None of the three has given up his traditional faith. "Each tradition speaks words of healing and wholeness," they say. The ultimate goal of Interfaith is "a deeper understanding and appreciation, not determining who is 'right.'"
Besides reading "The Heart of Interfaith" in the Kindle edition, I also had the privilege of hearing the authors speak in my community. They are warm, wise, and funny, with boundless enthusiasm for the peacemaking task that has become their life's journey. If you ever have a chance to hear these three "Interfaith Amigos" speak in person, please do so! I guarantee you'll appreciate their genuineness and sincerity.
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