So a pastor, a rabbi and an imam walk into a crowded, fancy hotel ballroom in California’s Silicon Valley…
Each clergyman says a few inspirational words and offers a prayer of invocation. The men of the cloth then embrace and seven hundred folks in the room clap and cheer because the three of them— the pastor in his faux-linen dog collar, the rabbi in his crocheted yarmulke, and the imam in white robes beneath an ankle-length gabardine overcoat— present a compelling image, a brief reminder that options beyond antagonism are readily available for the spiritual heirs of Abraham.
My friend and colleague Rev. Ben Daniel, pastor of Foothill Presbyterian Church in San Jose, is also a writer on religious topics and a blogger. This last week, he touched on interfaith concerns in writing about his experience as one of the clergy offering the invocation for the ING annual dinner. His comments on “cultural jihad” are well worth reading.
- Cultural Jihad*: Nothing to Fear (www.bendaniel.org)