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Fancy a cuppa

What an exciting morning last Sunday was with Dr. Ibrahim, the Grand Mufti, Mona Abdelraheem and many Muslim, Baha’i and Jewish friends joining us in worship.

There were many high moments.

Two stand out for me: Dr. Ibrahim relating the story of the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) welcoming a Christian delegation to his capital and insisting they hold their worship service inside the mosque. (They had requested his permission to leave the mosque to worship, but he protested that they should stay and hold their service inside.)

Be the best Christian you can be

In his compelling book Saving Jesus from the Church, Robin Meyers writes about a ministers’ conference he attended in Detroit, where Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel, spoke.

‘Let me be clear about something. I’m not going to try and convert you to Judaism. I would appreciate it very much if you didn’t try and convert me to Christianity. I endeavour to be the best Jew I can be so that you can be the best Christian you can be.’

'Rejoice with me'

‘Rejoice with me,' said Jesus but the religious leaders grumbled.

Rejoice or grumble?

Last Sunday was a remarkable day. We rejoiced.

Around 30 Baha’i visitors attended our morning worship service, and our guest speaker, Professor Fariborz Moshirian, spoke eloquently about the inclusiveness of the Baha’i faith. (Each Sunday, in their services, readings are taken from the sacred books of every great religious tradition.)

Carangal, North Head

Last Sunday afternoon, twenty of us gathered at North Head, where our host Dennis Foley took us on an adventure.

We walked by foot; we journeyed in spirit and imagination as Dennis shared stories from the Gai-marigal peoples, the original inhabitants of that place. They call it, ‘Carangal.’

As the 15th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Centre in New York approaches, I was especially taken by the story about the way indigenous tribes once solved disputes.

A warrior from each aggrieved party took his place, standing 100 metres away from his opponent.


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