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

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SkyLight Paths Pub., 2009 - Religion - 183 pages
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Too often religion seems to fuel more hatred than love, more conflict than collaboration. The authors of Getting to the Heart of Interfaith¿a rabbi, a pastor, and a sheikh¿have developed a unique friendship that provides a rich understanding about the road to interfaith spirituality. These three ¿interfaith amigos,¿ as they have called themselves on their Interfaith Talk Radio show, embody a revolutionary spirit of healing. As they share their stories of how their friendship grew, they speak openly about the difficult matters, and the need to do the inner spiritual work, in order to go beyond tolerance and intellectual understanding 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.

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

User Review  - Lori Murton - Goodreads

Interesting intro to "interfaith" as it discusses the light & dark sides of Judaism, Islam, & Christianity. I especially liked the insights into mystical Judaism. I was expecting more of an ... Read full review

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

A great guidebook/manual/how-to for people interested in exploring interfaith dialogue. Also, a great set of personal stories and testimonies. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Don Mackenzie is former minister and head of staff at University Congregational United Church of Christ in Seattle; he also served as pastor of the Church of Christ at Dartmouth College for twelve years.

Pastor Don Mackenzie, PhD, Rabbi Ted Falcon, PhD and Imam Jamal Rahman now known as the Interfaith Amigos started working together after 9/11. Since then, they have brought their unique blend of spiritual wisdom and humor to audiences in the US, Israel-Palestine, Japan and more. Their first book, Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi and a Sheikh, brought the Interfaith Amigos international attention with coverage from the New York Times, CBS News and NPR.Their second book, Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith, probes more deeply into the problem aspects of our religious institutions to provide a profound understanding of the nature of what divides us. Their work is dedicated to supporting more effective interfaith dialogue that can bring greater collaboration on the major social and economic issues of our time.

Rabbi Ted Falcon, PhD, founder of meditative synagogues in Los Angeles and Seattle, is author of A Journey of Awakening: Kabbalistic Meditations on the Tree of Life and co-author of Judaism For Dummies.

Jamal Rahman is a Muslim Sufi minister at Interfaith Community Church and adjunct faculty at Seattle University; he is also author of The Fragrance of Faith: The Enlightened Heart of Islam and co-author of Out of Darkness into Light: Spiritual Guidance in the Quran with Reflections from Jewish and Christian Sources.

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