Bob Dylan has a Christmas album out this year, replete with “O Come all Ye Faithful.” Irving (“Israel”) Berlin wrote “White Christmas” before Bing Crosby made it famous.
But Jews writing or singing Christmas songs doesn’t begin to catch the depth of interfaith dialogue my guests today are calling for.
They’re a Christian preacher, a Jewish rabbi, and a Muslim sheik — an imam. They call themselves the Interfaith Amigos. And they want to get the world really talking, understanding, across lines of religion.
This hour, On Point: a Christmas Eve conversation with the Interfaith Amigos.
The Interfaith Amigos are the authors of “Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi, and a Sheikh, (published by Skylight Paths).
Ted Falcon is founder and senior rabbi at Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue in Seattle. He’s co-author of “Judaism for Dummies,” and author of “Journey of Awakening: Kabbalistic Meditations on the Tree of Life.”
Don Mackenzie is a minister in the United Church of Christ. He recently retired from leading the University Congregational U.C.C. in Seattle.
Jamal Rahman is a Muslim Sufi minister and co-founder of Seattle’s Interfaith Community Church. An adjunct faculty member at Seattle University, he’s co-author of “Out of Darkness, Into Light: Spiritual Guidance in the Quran With Reflections from Jewish and Christian Sources,” and author of “The Fragrance of Faith: The Enlightened Heart of Islam.”
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Later this hour, we’ll hear from Los Angeles Times reporter Noam Levey in Washington about this morning’s vote on health care reform.