I grew up in a Christian home, where a photo of Jesus hung on my bedroom wall. I still have it. It is schmaltzy and rather tacky in that 1970s kind of way, but as a little girl I loved it. In this picture, Jesus looks kind and gentle, he…
Christians all around the world today will celebrate the Epiphany, the day when the Wise Men are said to have visited baby Jesus in Bethlehem bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh…
Regardless of what our material senses may try and tell us, awe is not a chemical reaction but a wholly spiritual response to the infinite ways in which God’s love for his/her creation is expressed. It is, as Eddy writes, Love, or God, reflected in love – that extraordinary mashup of wonderment, reverence, and gratitude that words alone will never be able to express.
Try as we might to see this with our eyes or somehow hear this with our ears, ultimately it can only be understood as we adopt a more spiritual view of reality.
The path to interfaith cooperation has been cobbled together in a different way on the other side of Houston by Bishop James Dixon II and M.J. Kahn.
When Dixon, the pastor of a large African American church called the Community of Faith, put together a citywide faith-based relief effort for Tax Day Flood victims in April, he decided to invite Islamic leaders to participate alongside area pastors. Out of this response to tragedy grew a discussion on how to build a bridge of understanding between Christians and Muslims to combat Islamophobia.
“There are a lot of misconceptions about Islam,” Kahn said. “Most people aren’t afraid of Islam itself. They are afraid of the unknown.”
Their hope is that with greater love and greater understanding, there will be a greater chance for peace.