Visit Peacemaking Communities in Palestine-Israel Our lives changed on an annual fact-finding pilgrimage to Israel-Palestine with the Friends of Sabeel Colorado. If you want to learn more about present conditions in the wounded Holy Land, join the upcoming Spring Witness Visit, May 10-18, 2016. Our friend Joy Lapp, who guided our 2007 trip, will also lead this year’s visit. Her experience, […]
Our friend Mona Haydar spoke to NPR about her simple, daring “Talk to a Muslim” outreach in Massachusetts. Frightened by Islamophobia but eager to share a loving Muslim face with other Americans, she offered hot coffee and donuts on a cold day. Listen to her here.
Our latest Caravans newsletter is now available here. Enjoy Adam Bucko’s foreword to the new edition of Holy Daring: Conversations with St. Teresa, the Wild Woman of Avila, by Tessa Bielecki. The season of Advent is upon us–a perfect time of year to slow down. David Denny’s Caravans reflections on “slow thought” may encourage you. And find […]
A Tribute to My Rebbe on the First Anniversary of His Death Tessa Bielecki Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi was born August 17, 1924 in Zholkiew, Poland and died in Boulder, Colorado on July 3, 2014, almost reaching his 90th birthday. I first met my “Rebbe” in July of 2004, when we both spoke at a conference on […]
ISIS, Cotton Candy, or Rūmī? The last fourteen years seem particularly agonizing for Christian-Muslim relations. The 9/11 attacks and reactions to them continue to generate violence, chaos, and suspicion. I have been haunted by the latest depredations of the “Islamic State” and some of the reactions these crimes provoked. Then I read “What ISIS Really […]
I recently received a comment on my earlier post, “Are Muslims a Threat to Us?” I posted my reply on that page, but want to publish it here, too: Thanks for responding, Fr. Romansky. After some positive responses to “Are Muslims a Threat to Us?”, I am not surprised by your challenge. First I have […]
The satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo was attacked by young French Islamic radicals in January. The same day, another young fanatic held Jewish hostages in a Parisian kosher market. In the end, seventeen people died. When I heard this, I felt the horror and dread so many of us share. Just days before the shootings, […]
Our Winter Caravans newsletter is now available here. Hope you enjoy our look back at the past months and news of upcoming events. We also include Donna Couch’s wonderful review of Season of Glad Songs, our Christmas anthology. By the way, Season of Glad Songs makes a wonderful holiday gift.
A review of Woman, Man, and God in Modern Islam, by Theodore Friend (Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 2012, 378 pages) For thirty years I lived at the Spiritual Life Institute, a monastic community that offers hospitality and solitude to retreatants who wish to go into the desert to pray. One of our most fascinating guests was […]