Readings that speak about love, justice, and respect. The Qur’an, spirituality vs religion is a popular topic and difficult to understand. Here are just four examples: Muhammad taught all believers in God were equal, and that the rich should share their wealth. He urged better treatment of orphans, poor, and women. Many Makkans disagreed and rejected Muhammad’s teachings. "When they encounter empty talk or derision, they ignore it with quiet dignity... responding humbly even to foolish or ... Read More about the Qur’an, spirituality vs religion
Religion is the only human endeavor which has consistently attempted to provide us with a model to pattern our individual lives harmoniously. Our religious traditions encourage ordinary people to live and think at levels of integrated complexity that would be otherwise impossible. If we are going to succeed in transforming the misguided and destructive values that are leading us to the brink of disaster, the future will require us to embrace more fully the vast knowledge and wisdom which can be ... Read More about Religion and Tolerance
Women's interfaith and prayer is a topic about the lack of justice throughout much discussion in today's world. The Dialogue demonstrates that the issue of women's interfaith and prayer for justice continues to be unanswered. Even women do not inspire other women to pray for peace and justice in this world. After 2000 years women's voices are still unheard, and we need to ask why. None of the 5 great religious organizations have encouraged women to speak out for faith and justice. Large ... Read More about Women’s Interfaith and Prayer
Altarpiece - the new ICONOSTASIS The altar is where we come to perform a ritual, to honor something which is greater than ourselves. Themed on religion, an altarpiece refers to a piece of artwork, placed on or behind the altar of a Christian Church. It stands like a frame behind the altar for the purpose of education and adornment. What is an ICONOSTASIS ? it is meant to be a visual learning tool for understanding our life of Prayer. Architectural structure of the ... Read More about What is an ICONOSTASIS ?
Christian Icons in Byzantine Egypt In Byzantine Egypt, Christian concepts and ideals became steadily integrated into the daily lives of its citizens. Evidence supporting this includes a number of encaustic panel paintings unearthed, depicting early Christian symbols and imagery especially Byzantine Christian Angels. In Medieval times however, encaustic reliefs were typically associated with portable objects. Since Christian missionaries were constantly traveling, they required smaller ... Read More about Byzantine Christian Angels