(Plainfield, IN, June 28, 2011) Worshipers attending Sunday service at the Washington National Cathedral in D.C. this past weekend were of a much more diverse variety than usual. Joining Christian worshipers were members of the Muslim and Jewish community for a special interfaith service focusing on promoting religious tolerance in our communities. ISNA President Imam Mohamed Magid joined Rabbi Ilana Schwartzman, Assistant Rabbi at Temple Beth Zion, and Reverend Dean Lloyd of the Washington National Cathedral, to lead prayers and speak during the interfaith service.
The holy books of all three Abrahamic faiths were on display during the service and in place of the traditional Sunday mass, each faith leader led recitations from their own holy books that focus on respect for diversity. "God could have made all of us look the same and go to the same temple or same church, but God willed that humans are diverse," stated Imam Magid.
This service was a part of a larger Faith Shared campaign led by the by the Interfaith Alliance and Human Rights First. The Faith Shared campaign is an initiative to help correct the misconceptions about Islam and Muslims within American society. The goal of the campaign is to promote interfaith events throughout the nation at churches, mosques, synagogues and other places of worship to create understanding between faith communities.
In addition, the campaign uses photos, videos, and print coverage from around the world of their faiths promoting tolerance and interfaith understanding to combat the mis-conception that Islam does not promote tolerance or that people of different faiths cannot support one another, particularly members of the Jewish and Muslim faith.
For more information on Sunday's events, including some beautiful photos, please click here.
I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…