On Sunday October 29, 2017 we celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Anniversary by witnessing a play written about that by Pastor Dan Woodman and starring Sarah Jane Fuller, our Christian Education Director. Tuesday October 31, 2017 was Reformation Day, which is also the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation which was begun by Martin Luther.
As a further exploration of faith life, on Sunday November 12, 2017 I have invited Karima HadjZoubir, a member of the Daughters of Abraham to come and speak with us on Sunday morning. Karima Hadj-Zoubir has spoken and written extensively on Islam and inter faith dialogue.
The Daughters of Abraham Women’s Interfaith Book Group was formed as a direct result of the horrific and tragic events of September 11, 2001 by and for women of the three Abrahamic faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The women associated with this group read books that deal with the three Abrahamic faiths and the practice and experience of living as a religious person out of that experience. The books they read can be of various genres: biography, fiction, memoirs, history, poetry, etc. They help the people involved to talk about faith experiences. They learn about one another’s religions using the characters and situations in the books to explore the faith of other members of the group. By so doing they come to know one another as members of a unique community of friends.
The Daughters of Abraham say this about themselves – “As Daughters of Abraham we believe that the only way to confront discrimination, bigotry and xenophobia is through learning about the religions, traditions and history of others. We must learn to appreciate and value the uniqueness of every member of our society.”
A recent Boston Globe article about the Daughters of Abraham said this about the group, “The purpose of the book group is to help women of different faiths better understand each other’s beliefs. Members read religion-themed books, poetry, or articles and meet monthly for discussion. Among the titles on their list are “Mere Christianity,” “The Road to Mecca,” and “Hasidism and Modern Man.” The organization is named for Abraham, who is viewed as a founding father of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam by members of each of those faiths.”
This month we celebrate Thanksgiving, and enter our own holiday time where one of the main purposes of both the Advent and Christmas seasons is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, also known as the “Prince of Peace.” I believe that it is God’s will for us to foster peace in ourselves, our homes, our community and the world. Let us promote peace by coming to church on Sunday November 12 and hearing what a world leader in this process has to say to us.
+ In Christ, Rev. Keith