AFPI Retreat: “Religion & Violence”

For this year’s retreat we gathered together to discuss a very pertinent topic -“Religion & Violence”. Events overseas and here in the U.S. have pushed all of us to consider both our response to violence and our histories–especially as adherents to religious traditions–in perpetrating and being victims of violence. We first heard from Edina Lekovic from the Muslim Public Affairs Council on Islam and Violence. MPAC has participated in the White House task force on Counter Terrorism, and had much to share with us. Rabbi Aryeh Cohen of American Jewish University  then spoke on Judaism and Violence, and Rev. Francisco Garcia of All Saints Church followed by speaking on Christianity and Violence.  There was lots of discussion and connecting with old and new friends while continuing to build the interfaith community here in Los Angeles.


A Multi-Faith Future: Conversation with Eboo Patel and Ed Bacon

On Wednesday, November 12th, we held an important dialogue about our Multi-faith future at All Saints Church between Eboo Patel of Interfaith Youth Core and Ed Bacon of All Saints Church, Pasadena, moderated by our own Executive Director, Steve Wiebe. We engaged in a deep discussion about our Multi-Faith future by some of the best leaders in the Interfaith community. Students from the All Saints’ youth group and the Peace & Justice Academy asked very impressive questions which provided for great conversation.
“MLK didn’t change the minds of old white racists in the South. Their daughters did, after MLK changed them. In interfaith work, it’s not your job to find the toughest nut to crack and bang your head against it. It’s your job to find people in your circles that overlap with theirs and teach them to preach.” ~ Eboo Patel
Eboo Patel (front center), Rev. Ed Bacon (back center), and New Vision Partner’s Executive Director, Steve Wiebe (far right) take a photo with students from the All Saints’ youth group and the Peace & Justice Academy.
(From left to right) Rev. Ed Bacon, Eboo Patel, and Executive Director, Steve Wiebe.
(From left to right) Tony Banout, Rev. Ed Bacon, Eboo Patel, and Executive Director, Steve Wiebe.
(From left to right) Eboo Patel, Steve Wiebe, and Rev. Ed Bacon discuss our Multi-Faith future.
A young student from the Peace & Justice Academy asks Eboo Patel a question.

Interfaith Peace Service


Salam Al-Marayati on the Death of Osama Bin Laden and the “Arab Spring”

http://www.jewishjournal.com/opinion/article/opinion_death_of_an_ideology_20110517/


Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater on Father Greg Boyle and the Death of our Enemies

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rabbi-joshua-levine-grater/repairing-relations_b_858868.html