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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Attitude of Gratitude

If you are new to the Rumi Forum, we thought it would benefit you to see some of the previous things we have done over the years. As one way of doing this we will include some articles from the main stream media that have covered our activities involving intercultural and interfaith dialogue - all in the hope of increasing community harmony and improving attitudes towards social inclusion.

Attitude of Gratitude
Community religious groups wrap week’s worth of interfaith events with Thanksgiving service.

Representing Burke Presbyterian Church where she serves as head pastor, Elizabeth Braxton took some time during her comments Wednesday, Nov. 26 at the 25th Interfaith Thanksgiving service at St. Mary of Sorrows Church in Fairfax to reflect on a year’s worth of work.

"I think as I look out here about the wonderful year we’ve had with our interfaith relationships," she said to an audience of Muslims, Catholics, Protestants and Jews that filled the pews.

A coalition of churches and theologians, the audience had helped keep the homeless men and women from freezing with their Hypothermia for the Homeless campaign. They ran food drives to help restock the barren shelves of Ecumenical Communities Helping Others (ECHO) in Springfield and sponsored a Hunger Walk to benefit charities both local and international.

They did not do it alone. St. Mary of Sorrows, Adat Reyim synagogue on Westbury Oaks Court in Springfield and The Rumi Forum, a Muslim-based interfaith organization in Washington, D.C., all partnered to sponsor a week’s worth of events culminating in the Thanksgiving service. The night featured prayers and comments by all four of the faiths represented.

"As Protestant, Catholic, Muslim and Jew, we come together in joy on this national holiday to give thanks to God. Let us give thanks for that freedom," said Cuneyt Mehmet Simsek of the Rumi Forum in the call to worship.

Maureen Cassidy of St. Mary of Sorrows compared each faith and church represented that night to individual trees connected by a shared community....CLICK LINK BELOW FOR FULL ARTICLE

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Guests from the Rumi Forum 2010 Ramadan Iftar Dinner Series held over numerous nights. Guests from think tanks, media, universities, embassies, interfaith and religious organizations and NGOs were in attendence