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Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi & a Sheikh [Paperback]

Mackenzie Pastor Don , Rabbi Ted Falcon , Sheikh Jamal Rahman
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June 1 2009
A deeply personal journey to interfaith collaboration that offers hope for an inclusive and healing way of being together in the world. Too often religion seems to fuel more hatred than love, more conflict than collaboration. Interfaith Talk Radio’s “interfaith amigos”—a pastor, a rabbi and a sheikh—provide a rich understanding of the road to interfaith collaboration by sharing their stories, challenges, and the inner spiritual work necessary to go beyond tolerance to a vital, inclusive spirituality.From their deep commitment and lived experience, they present ways we can work together to transcend the differences that have divided us historically. Together they explore:The five stages of the interfaith journey The power of our stories The core of our traditions The promises and problems of our traditions New dimensions of spiritual identity And much more Along with inspiring insights and encouragement for tapping into the promise of interfaith dialogue, they provide practical actions, additional readings and discussion questions to help you embody their revolutionary spirit of healing. Pastor Don Mackenzie, PhD, Rabbi Ted Falcon, PhD, and Sheikh Jamal Rahman, former hosts of Interfaith Talk Radio in Seattle, share an evolving process to deepen interfaith awareness. Their work promotes greater understanding between faith and also non-faith individuals and communities in order to discover the kinds of energies that can help transform and heal both person and planet.Pastor Don Mackenzie, PhD, is a minister of the United Church of Christ, and recently retired as minister and head of staff at University Congregational United Church of Christ in Seattle. Previously he served congregations in Hanover, New Hampshire, and Princeton, New Jersey. His interest in interfaith work began while a student at Macalester College and continued with his living and teaching in Sidon, Lebanon, in the year prior to the Six-Day War in 1967.Rabbi Ted Falcon, PhD, a popular teacher of Jewish meditation and spirituality, is founder of Makom Ohr Shalom, a synagogue focusing on Jewish spirituality in Los Angeles, and, with his wife, Ruth Neuwald Falcon, founder of Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue in Seattle. Ordained at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, he has served in Los Angeles as a congregational and then a campus rabbi. His books include Judaism For Dummies and A Journey of Awakening: Kabbalistic Meditations on the Tree of Life.Sheikh Jamal Rahman is co-founder and Muslim Sufi Minister at Interfaith Community Church and adjunct faculty at Seattle University. Jamal has a passion for interfaith work and travels often, presenting at retreats and workshops. His books include The Fragrance of Faith: The Enlightened Heart of Islam and Out of Darkness Into Light: Spiritual Guidance in the Qur’an with Reflections from Christian and Jewish Sources.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting to the Heart of Interfaith Dec 11 2010
This is an excellent presentation on the subject of interfaith dialogue amongst the three major Abrahamic faiths. It would make a helpful aid for a discussion group. Interfaith action is the direction to embark upon if we are ever to have peace in our world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interfaith through New Eyes June 29 2009
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The friendship of the Three Amigos (since Sept. 11, 2001), has broken fresh ground in the world of interfaith dialogue. Recounting how they each opened the door to welcome the other, voicing the challenging tenets of each faith, and expressing hope through their personal story and vulnerability, Don, Ted and Jamal widen the path into a world not only of tolerance, but of understanding past and present violence, deepening mutual respect, and new ways to encounter the Other. A shared voice narrates this slim volume which includes personal reflections on four different topics. We hear each voice, and we hear the whole. Because of their friendship, this book is not didactic, but real. Not merely instructive, but affecting. This view will give you fresh hope for a new beginning to venture onto the shared path.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rich and encouraging work Aug. 14 2009
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I would recommend this book to anyone seeking to broaden their understanding of how the Abrahamic faiths can operate in a real-world, open-hearted, spiritual context. Although the work is integrative in many respects, the content and approach serve to enrich the reader's understanding of each tradition in its own right. The content ranges from engaging personal stories, to exploration of specific content from religious teachings, to guides on how to initiate and support dialogue among people of different religious and spiritual backgrounds. The authors explore what they find beautiful as well as what they find uncomfortable in their traditions, and do so in a manner that invites inquiry and evokes hope.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hope and Help in Disheartening Times July 19 2009
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Do not be deceived by the light-hearted, easy-going appearance of this slim paperback book. Inside its covers you will find a surprising depth of experience that will evoke a full range of emotional responses. A Christian pastor, a Jewish Rabbi and a Muslim Sheikh share their courageous journey that began on 9/11 and continues to deepen and broaden every day. They take us beyond the safe zones of interfaith dialogue, down the slippery slope of confronting the "truths and untruths" in each of their respective traditions. This is not a journey for the faint of heart. Nor is this a theoretical account of what "could be" or "should be," but it is rather an honest, practical guide to what can be, and even what must be if we are to achieve peace and reconciliation in our time. As Jamal says, "Only that which comes from the heart can open the heart." Read this book, take it to heart, and share it with others, and you will experience the truth in these words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful and inspiring book Aug. 20 2009
By Sara E. Davies - Published on
In this short but inspiring volume, the authors suggest meaningful dialogue is possible only when we let go of the fears that prevent us from listening to one another. We don't need to be threatened by beliefs or practices that differ from our own. We can remain secure in our own traditions, while opening ourselves to new perspectives. As we learn to listen more deeply, we discover and are enriched by the unique insights of each faith tradition. The "three amigos" recount their religious journeys, personal practices, and share what each of them loves, questions, and wants us to know about his own religion. These revealing and moving stories capture the essence of spirituality - the wellspring of life from which humanity emerges, the face of God reflected in each of us. - Sara Davies, co-author, Great is Peace: A Modern Commentary on Talmud Bavli Tractate Derek Eretz Zuta
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5.0 out of 5 stars MUST READ for any HUMAN BEING! July 13 2009
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This book is written for every human being with a heart. You will feel your heart open to love and kindness in just the first few pages. I am buying it for several of my friends as a gift of hope for the future, knowing that this book promotes a healing, understanding and love. As Rabbi Ted says, "From Strength to Strength, PEACE to PEACE and from love to love. We can all use a little help.
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