The Journey

Last Saturday, I attended a conference along with Vikki, Claudia and Pastor Dave. The speakers were a trio known as the Interfaith Amigos- individually Imam Jamal Rahman, Rabbi Ted Falcon and Pastor Don Mackenzie. "Their work is dedicated to supporting more effective interfaith dialogue that can bring greater collaboration on the major social and economic issues of our time." These men began working together after the tragedy of 9/11. 

One of the exercises we participated in was to go around our table, individually answering questions that were asked by one of the presenters. The best part of this activity was that each person was asked a new question, so you could fully listen to the answers, not spend time thinking about how YOU would answer that question. We were able to listen intently and given time afterward for asking questions about the person's experience, etc. 

Listening to these questions, and later re-reading them, make me think about how each of us is on our own personal spiritual/faith journey. Sure, we often take our spouse or other family members along for the ride, but it is our own journey and it is affected by so many different things. I encourage you to read these questions and think about how you might answer...

  • How is your faith different now than when you were a child? How do you think it may change as you get older?
  • Was there ever a time that you had to "stand up" to a question defending your faith/belief system?
  • When has forgiveness impacted your life? Your forgiveness of another, or their forgiveness of you?
  • When in your life have you felt farthest from God? What happened, consequences ? 
  • Was there ever a time when you felt led or guided by God? 
  • Do you believe in an afterlife ? Heaven, hell? How does your belief impact your daily life?
  • Loved ones do not always see eye to eye...Have there ever been conflicts in your family involving religion or beliefs? How did that impact you?
  • Do you see God actively participating in the world/human experience?

Gracious God, Thank you for opportunities to learn about other faith systems, for all of the people and situations you bring to our lives that help us grow and experience new things. May we open our hearts to the "oneness" of Judaism, the compassion for self/others of Islam, and the unconditional love/grace of Christianity.  

Psalm 46:10- He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”    

Andrea Heshmati


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