As they say in some Arabic speaking cultures, “Ahlan wa sahlan,” which translates: “These are your people and this is your land.”
In the biblical tradition, the Tent of Meeting was a sanctuary where the Jewish people encountered Yahweh on their way through the desert to the Promised Land. We interpret the Tent here as a sacred “place” where sons and daughters of Abraham and Sarah may meet one another, and in that respectful human encounter also meet the One in whose image we are created, the One with whom Jews, Christians, and Muslims have all made sacred covenants.
We offer human interest tales and spiritual reflections about the Abrahamic traditions. We look for significant and hopeful stories that may not be widely reported, introduce you to our partners in this Abrahamic work, and also review relevant books, movies, and the occasional art exhibit.
Since the present always bears both hope for healing and scars from the past, we sometimes include historical information to help us understand the present and work toward a future based on respect, reconciliation, and peace. If you have stories you wish to share, send them to us, and they may find their way onto our site.
“Total Trust” Between Friends “Make Friends” is a recent video featuring world religious leaders calling for interreligious friendships. It is a project of the Elijah Interfaith Institute, which “seeks to create a community of religious leaders, scholars and practitioners from all faiths, who are inspired to find novel ways of sharing the wisdom of their traditions […]
Ten years ago Fr. Dave Denny and I took Sabeel’s Israel/Palestine Witness Trip. It changed our lives, as you can read in my account, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem” or Fr. Dave’s “Rooftop Oasis.” If you want to know what’s really going on in this vital region and the heroic peacemaking efforts of both Palestinians and Israelis, this […]
Protecting Muslim Neighbors Our Muslim neighbors are among several groups of Americans suffering anxiety and feeling threatened these days. So it is heartening to hear news of non-Muslims expressing solidarity with them. A “Protect Our Muslim Neighbors” rally took place in Denver on February 4. The Denver Post report focused on a Moroccan family and Somali immigrants who […]
Sixth Parliament of the World’s Religions Part Five of Five There were over 600 programs at the Sixth Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, so it was mind-boggling to read the catalogue, let alone decide which programs to attend. After three days my head ached, so I took a break on the […]
Sixth Parliament of the World’s Religions Part Four of Five We are often plagued by the notion that religion wounds and divides people instead of bringing them together, partly because we see sacred texts abused and interpreted violently. One workshop I attended at the Sixth Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City put […]
Sixth Parliament of the World’s Religions Part Three of Five Peacemaking efforts in the Holy Land are only a few of many hopeful movements around the world. Why don’t we hear more about them? The Sixth Parliament of the World’s Religions helped counter the media’s negative mentality (“If it bleeds, it leads”) by giving ample […]
Sixth Parliament of the World’s Religions Part Two of Five The theme of the Sixth Parliament of the World’s Religions was Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity: Working Together for a World of Compassion, Peace, Justice, and Sustainability. Plenary speakers and workshop leaders clearly exhibited “faith in action.” They were not simply “talking heads” full […]
Sixth Parliament of the World’s Religions Part One of Five “Religion may be the problem,” said Rabbinit Hadassah Froman from the Holy Land, “but it’s also the solution.” I agreed, and I suspect, so did the other 9,805 people from 80 countries and 300 religious traditions who also attended the Sixth Parliament of the World’s Religions […]
Sharing a Space in Between “There is bad religion that incites anger, violence and hatred, and good religion that incites the gifts of the Spirit — charity, peace, patience, kindness and joy,” insists Mercy Sister Maryanne Stevens, who chairs the board of Omaha’s nonprofit Tri-Faith Initiative. “All the major religions can turn bad and have […]
“Destruction may be… Creativity will be.” These words are the motto for a Palestinian school Tessa Bielecki visited on a fact-finding pilgrimage to Palestine-Israel. They highlight the stark contrasts and fragile hope that mark life in the Holy Land. Read Tessa’s reflections to learn what it feels like to wake up to cooing doves and […]