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Holy Land Pilgrimage Can Lead to Interreligious Understanding

By Judith Sudilovsky
From Ecumenical News International

Jerusalem (ENInews). Pilgrims to the Holy Land who are searching for the roots of Christianity can also gain a surprisingly rich understanding of other religions, according to a prominent Franciscan clergyman.

“A pilgrim does not come to the Holy Land to understand politics or to understand the geography. First and foremost he is a religious pilgrim,” said Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, whose formal title is Custodian of the Holy Land and who is the head of all Franciscans in the region. “But of course when they come here as Christians they are exposed to the understanding and the presence of other Christians … and understand what ecumenical dialogue is and why it is so important.”

He spoke at a two-day interfaith conference on pilgrimage held from 28 to 29 December in Jerusalem, sponsored by the Israel-based Elijah Interfaith Institute and the Swiss-based Lasalle-Haus, also an interfaith organization.

Pilgrims are also exposed, sometimes for the first time, to Jews and Muslims living within their own context, he said. “An encounter with Jesus can’t be separated from an encounter with the people of different religions (in this land),” he said.

Modern-day pilgrim Franz Mali, a 51-year-old Austrian professor living in Switzerland, undertook a seven-month hiking pilgrimage to the Holy Land that started in Switzerland and wound through Italy, Austria, eastern Europe, Turkey, Syria and Jordan. The trip gave him a new view of the many Muslim migrant workers from Turkey and Syria living in Switzerland.

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Religious and Spiritual Leaders Reflect on 9/11

Beyond 9/11 to a Broader View of the World by Sister Joan Chittister, OSB

Healing, Hope and Humanity: A Sikh Reflection by Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia

It Is Time to Invoke Historys Other 9/11 of Nonviolence and Global Interfaith Dialogue by Anju Bhargava

9/11: Ten Years On by Eboo Patel

From Memory to Hope by Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson

Lessons from the Kaddish a Decade Later by Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen

WATCH: The Future Of Christian-Muslim Relations In The West

For A More Unified, Understanding New York by Georgette Bennett, Ph.D.

Did 9/11 Make Us Morally Better? by Miroslav Volf

Hate and Hope by Serene Jones

Reaching for Hope After 9/11 — Together by The Interfaith Amigos

WATCH: Finding Hope And Healing At Ground Zero

The Sukkah and the World Trade Center by Rabbi Arthur Waskow

An Opportunity For Reflection by Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori

Our post-9/11 failures by Desmond Tutu

Unite through compassion by Karen Armstrong

Remaking the world after 9/11 by Tony Blair

Radical Islam on its way out by Feisal Abdul Rauf

9/11 demands intellectual honesty by Sam Harris

Rebuilding our souls by Thomas Monson

Spirituality after the attack by T.D. Jakes

Peace begins internally by Donald Wuerl

Live the memorial by Katharine Jefferts Schori

Death and the hope of resurrection by Mark Driscoll

Divided world, divided hearts by Deepak Chopra

We grasped our brokenness anew by David Wolpe

Americans still dont know Islam by Yasir Qadhi

A prayer for America by Sally Quinn

From Ground Zero to the State Dept by Suzan Cook

10 Years Later, We Must Do Better by Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

Jerusalem: Violence, Peace and the Religious Imagination


National Broadcast by C-SPAN

Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 11:30–1:30 PM

A conversation and official book launch of James Carroll’s new book “Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World (Houghton Mifflin)”

James Carroll

The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones (Union Theological Seminary)

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf (Cordoba Initiative)

Rabbi Burt Visotzky (Jewish Theological Seminary)

Moderated by Lisa Miller (Newsweek)

The Interchurch Center (Ground Floor)

475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115

Please RSVP at Space is limited.

Light lunch provided

Parliament Major Speakers Discuss the Future of Islam and the West

Three major speakers spoke to the Parliament of the World’s Religions on the future of Islam and the West reports Australian newspaper The Age.  The panel discussion, titled Islam and the West: Creating an Accord of Civilizations featured pre-eminent scholars Dr Chandra Muzaffar, Prof Tariq Ramadan and Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf.

The wide-ranging discussion included a statement by Muzaffar that a decline in the global power of the West will decrease tension between the two cultures, while Ramadan expressed the need for mutual respect and acknowledgment.

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