Monday, June 23, 2008

The Bridge Builder

The following poem was recently dedicated to me by my friend Rosie Haji (Houston, TX) for building bridges with other faith communities:

The Bridge Builder
An old man, going a lone highway,
Came at the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm, vast and deep and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.
The old man crossed in the twilight dim;
The sullen stream had no fears for him;
But he turned when safe on the other side
And built a bridge to span the tide.

"Old man," said a fellow pilgrim near,
"You are wasting strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day;
You never again must pass this way;
You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide -
Why build you the bridge at the eventide?"
The builder lifted his old gray head;
"Good friend, in the path I have come," he said,
"There followeth after me today
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm that has been naught to me
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building the bridge for him."

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Film focuses on interfaith friends

Film focuses on interfaith friends

Calgary Muslims and Christians are coming together Sunday to continue building bridges of friendship.

The interfaith hospitality and dialogue gathering is set for 4 to 6 p.m. at the South Calgary Community Association, 3130 16 St. S.W.

"We want to talk about how we can make Calgary a beacon of hope for the future," says Keith Newman, one of the event's organizers.

"More and more immigrants are coming to Calgary and it's natural for them to mix with their own people. But we want to start becoming a more inclusive city.

"When we sit down and talk, we find we all want the same things."

The event will include a screening of The Imam and the Pastor. The movie tells the story of Pastor James Wuye and Imam Muhammad Ashafa, who led rival warring militias in Nigeria during the 1990s before they found common ground and forgiveness.

Wuye lost a hand during the pitched battles while Ashafa saw his spiritual mentor and two close friends die.

"Muslims in Canada can sometimes feel like they're under attack because of often-negative press," says Newman.

He hopes larger public meetings like Sunday's will eventually transform into a series of small, in-home gatherings between local Muslims and Christians.

Sunday's meeting is being supported by Initiatives for Change, the Muslim Council of Calgary and the Anglican Diocese of Calgary.


Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Bridges To a Common Future

You are invited to join us in building a common future founded on trust and understanding. Let’s make Calgary a city that shines with hope for future generations.

Come to an evening of hospitality hosted by members of the Muslim and Christian communities in Calgary in conjunction with Initiatives of Change - where we hope to bring the lens through which we view each other into focus with the help of the film:
The Imam & the Pastor.

Sunday June 22, 2008
4 pm to 6 pm
South Calgary Community Association
3130 16 Street SW
Free Admission
Refreshments will be served

The Imam & the Pastor

Brought to you by:
The Anglican Diocese of Calgary
Initiatives of Change - Building trust accross the world's divide...
Muslim Council of Calgary