Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Rabbi to address united efforts

Karen Dietlein Osborne writes in the current issue of The Evangelist:
In 2004, two dozen Philadelphia Jews, Christians and Muslims gathered for four days of interfaith dialogue and understanding.

It was "a very intensive and vigorous and thoughtful and heartfelt retreat in which people shared their own spiritual journeys that brought them" together, said Rabbi Arthur Waskow, director of the Shalom Center in Philadelphia and one of the organizers of the event.

He will speak about the weekend and interfaith understanding at the Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Each person in the 2004 retreat was able to further understand each other's positions, the rabbi said, because they shared their faith and spiritual journey.

It "brought us close together as human beings and carriers of our own spiritual traditions," he said. "This went much deeper -- to the heart of what we believe."

At Rabbi Waskow's Shalom Center in Philadelphia (, different faiths continue to "work together to know each other and work at shared actions," he said.

You can read the rest of the article here. Rabbi Waskow’s talk is being sponsored by the Albany diocesan Commission on Peace and Justice, the Interfaith Alliance, and the Capital District Board of Rabbis. At 7 p.m., a "Stop the Hate Vigil" will precede his talk. We hope to see you there.