This year we were delighted to welcome Rabbi Rachel Montagu and Humera Khan to our Centre for our event for Inter Faith Week. This is Humara’s reflection on the day :
Spent a really interesting and thought provoking day at the Sisters of Sion. As part of Interfaith Week Rabbi Rachel Montagu and I presented on the theme Faith in and Out of the City. This was a Jewish Muslim exploration.
In the session we explored from our faith traditions how the urban and rural roots of our faiths have played a role in the psyche and practice of our historical experiences, the importance of the connection to nature and need to be connected to family/community.
In particular we discussed the issue of whether our faiths requires us to be connected to a place of worship or a community – or can we keep our spiritual connections without this in places where we are alone or isolated. After all spiritual/mystical experiences are usually known to occur in solitude in nature.
My mind is still buzzing with the discussions which as all discussions tend to do, covered so many tangental issues.
It was a great pleasure to do this session as I have known Rabbi Rachel for over 20 years and it had been sometime since we had last engaged like this with each other. Similarly, it had been years and years since last meeting with Sister Margaret Shephard from the Sisters of Sion. A testimony that good interfaith relationships creates good friends
*The Sisters of Our Lady of Sion is an international Congregation of sisters with a unique vocation for the Church and the World*