The summer after I graduated high school I had the honor and privilege of attending and interfaith youth conference in Washington D.C., entitled E Pluribus Unum. At the time interfaith meant Catholic, Protestant and Jewish students were represented at the gathering. We have come far in our country in our understanding of interfaith education and collaboration.
The conference was three weeks long, and was an in depth exercise in examining various issues of social justice--poverty, prejudice, health care, and many other topics. I had previously traveled on mission trips and cultural exchanges, but my time in Washington D.C., significantly changed the way I viewed the world. When I went to college I was blessed to travel around the world, visiting 13 developing countries. Once again, my perspective of our world changed a great deal and the effects of those travels remain with me today.
Why do I tell you about these experiences? Well, from July 19-21 of this year we will have our second interfaith youth camp. Last year we had our first youth camp and it was a fantastic experience. Thirty five students from five faith traditions came together to discuss faith, meet one another, fellowship, and serve our community. The project was a culmination of a year of planning by our youth council and received rave reviews from the parents and students. This year we will offer another 3-day intensive experience for students of all faith traditions to join together and get to know one another.
My transforming interfaith experiences inspire me to create similar opportunities for the youth of Houston. I believe that our younger generations have a unique opportunity to bring greater cohesion and peace to our society. My exposure to other faith traditions broadened my understanding of my own tradition, and taught me how to appreciate the diversity of the world in new ways. I know that the students who join us this summer will be changed. I encourage you to register your children if they are between the ages of 13-18, to contact us about volunteering at the camp, or help to sponsor a student who may not be able to afford to attend. We welcome your participation in a variety of ways. I encourage you to invest in our youth, the returns are great indeed.
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Director of Interfaith Relations
| Dinner Dialogue in a Box|
Questions for Dinner Dialogue Groups Many of you have let us know that you are continuing to meet with your Amazing Faiths Dinner Dialogue groups and we are thrilled to hear that great news! Each month you will find in this section a few discussion questions that you can use for your follow up meetings!
We would love to hear about how your groups are doing and any activities that you all choose to do together!
1. "Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression."
--Dr. Haim Ginott
Describe a time during your youth that a religious teacher or lesson made a great impression on you. How has that informed your life? If you could teach a child only one lesson what would it be and why?
2. "Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them."
--James Arthur Baldwin
What are you teaching the young people around you in your actions? Is there an area of your life that your faith challenges you to reform, to be better, to teach a different lesson?
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| In This Issue |
Red Tent Experience
Every 3rd Wednesday in June
Green Planet Sanctuary
13424-B Briar Forest
Houston, TX 77077
A gathering of women to slow down and share among other women. Please bring a vegetarian item to share however not mandatory.
*Dress in red tones and feel free to bring anything you wish to share.
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Word, Image, and Symbol in the Fatimid Architecture of Cairo
This lecture will be presented by Dr. Stephennie Mulder
Saturday, June 18, 2011
This program is co-sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and The Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance at Rice University.
Dr. LaJoyce Lawton
June 20-24, 2011
The Multitude Experience, LLC
15201 Mason Rd. Ste 100-155
Cypress, TX 77433
A Certificate in Ministry program designed to accommodate the schedules of busy professionals. Ministry Project required. Participants are responsible for acquiring textbooks and resources.
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The Raga in Hindu and Islamic Music
June 26, 2011
1409 Sul Ross Street
Houston, TX 77006
Presented in Cooperation with Sacred Songs, Sacred Sites
Musicians Jamuna Murali, Raja Rajeshwari Bhat, and Ali Durrant will showcase and detail the nuances and intricacies of two traditions of Indian Classical music, Hindustani and Carnatic, and the Muslim style of Sufi music. Hindustani music hails from North and Central India; Carnatic Music is based mainly in South India; and Sufi music is identified with Pakistan.
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