Interfaith Dialogue
Evangelism Is Not a Dirty Word
The five of us have been sitting around the same antique table on a semi-monthly for more than four years. We rarely see each outside of these monthly get-togethers, yet I consider these women to be among some of my dearest friends. We come from different backgrounds, different demographics, and different parts of the metro Chicago area, yet we always have one thing in common – our mutual interest in facilitating each other’s spiritual accountability by engaging in respectful faith sharing. We began meeting as part of a small group through the Unitarian Universalist church that we were attending at...
Sharia! Coming to a Town Near You
  The new Islamic Center of Murfreesboro was finally able to open its doors after a two year feud with a few concerned citizens.   Some of the members of the Islamic Center have lived in Murfreesboro for over thirty years and always felt at home; that is until they needed a larger mosque.  A soon as they broke ground, they became the subject of protests, vandalism, arson attacks, and a bomb threat, as well as being dragged into the courts to defend their religion.  The source of the contention was summed up by Joe Brandon, the attorney representing the anti-mosque...
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What Growing Up in a Muslim Country Taught Us About Christianity
Today’s post is co-authored by Robynn Bliss and Marilyn Gardner. Fast friends despite age differences (Marilyn is older!) they share many commonalities that include growing up in the Muslim world. Our hope, and indeed prayer, is that this post will build bridges and get people thinking. Thanks for reading! July 20th began the Holy month of Ramadan for Muslims. This month long period of fasting ends on Saturday, August 18 with celebration and a feast. Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam, is marked by fasting daily from sun up to sun down. As Christians raised in Pakistan our...
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Faith Interview Series: Conclusion
The last thing I wanted to talk about before closing the books on this series is interfaith. So, I interviewed Robert Bruttell, the chairman of the InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit. He attended Catholic Seminary as a young man. He said, “I’ve maintained an interest as to how people come to their community values all my life. One of my constant concerns has been race and the racialization of our community. Much of that has to do with community values.” The IFLC focuses on creating bridges. There are a lot of ways to deal with the barriers between people,...
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Faith Interview Series: Zen Buddhist
The house was filling with white light from the humid, but serene Sunday afternoon. I was sitting at kitchen table listening to three women and a gentleman from the Detroit Lotus Sangha, a Zen Buddhism group, talk through the remainder of their lesson together. They talked about practicing a Mindfulness Day as I munched on the deliciously tangy split pea and tomato soup that Gwen, the host, offered me. Nancy, one of the women at the table who is a recently retired special education teacher from Troy, Michigan, told me that she first came to the Sangha (a Buddhist word...
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Faith Interview Series: Hinduism
Padma Kuppa, a Hindu woman from Troy, Michigan, was born in India. Her family moved to the United States where they remained until the 80’s when her family moved back to India. It wasn’t easy adjusting to being uprooted and moving back to mainstream Indian culture, since she was a teenager when her family moved. Padma attended engineering school in India, which is an extremely competitive program. In an article for Metro Parent Magazine, she said, “I was at the highest levels in math and science when I returned to India after 10th grade, but that was the norm for...
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Faith Interview Series: Muslim
Saeed Khan is a professor at Wayne State University, a PhD candidate, and a Muslim living in greater Detroit.  Saeed was born in Pakistan, raised in England, but has lived in the United States most of his life. He spent time in Houston, New York City, and then moved to Michigan where he is now. He attended Michigan University for his undergraduate degree and practiced law for a while after receiving a law degree from Cooley Law School. “Once 9/11 happened, I realized there was a need for not only getting into the public debate, but helping to really reshape...
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Faith Interview Series: Christian
For the section about Christianity, I ended up talking to two different men, a pastor and interfaith leader, and a former pastor who is now an elder and school teacher. Both of them serve very different roles in their community, but they both have been affected greatly by Christianity and have devoted their lives to it. Dr. Bob Cornwall, pastor of Central Woodward Christian Church in Troy, Michigan. He is a Disciples of Christ pastor who has been ordained for 25 years and has been pastoring for about 14 of them. He’s a graduate of Fuller Seminary with a PhD...
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Faith Interview Series: Neopagan Druid
The sun was out in Downtown Plymouth. The town was full of people bearing possibility and happiness. It was late Saturday afternoon the day before the Christian holiday, Easter. The park in the center of town was full of dogs, families, and people climbing in trees and the restaurants had their sidewalk tables out. The sun warmed the skin on my face as I walked down the street to Starbucks. I found Rev. Rob Henderson, Senior Druid of Shining Lakes Grove, ADF sitting to one side of the store on his laptop. He has lived in Michigan as long as...
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Faith Interview Series: Jew
Rabbi Jason Miller grew up in West Bloomfield, Michigan. He attended James Madison College at Michigan State University where he graduated with a degree in International Relations. He then went to the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York where he became an ordained Rabbi and earned a master’s degree in Education. I asked Rabbi Jason how he came to the Jewish faith. “I was raised in the Jewish faith,” he told me. When he was in college he became involved in the Jewish community on campus. “That led me to make the decision that after I graduated I would attend...
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