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This past Sunday, I was briefly at a Swedish Lutheran church for a special Lucia-themed event, it being the Sunday closest to St Lucia Day (today, 12/13). To say I felt like a Jewish spy is to simplify my often-confused feelings on faith. It was my old light-up crown that the church’s Lucia was wearing, and yet the discussions of saints made me uncomfortable and an outsider. In the past, I have tried to visually reconcile my dual-religion upbringing by depicting them in concert, together: as a dark-haired girl dressed as Sankta Lucia, a self-portrait lighting a menorah. But in this volatile age and devoid of my personal context, that would be an image of assimilation rather than reconciliation. So I suppose I’ll leave it to you to decide if these girls are lighting the same menorah or not. 

As Christians, we should support our Muslim brothers and sisters during Ramadan!

  • The month of Ramadan is a time for Muslims to focus on their faith. Muslims read the Qur’an, focus on God, and fast from sunrise to sundown. 
  • Wish your Muslim friend a Blessed Ramadan by saying “Ramadan Mubarak (Moo-baa-rak)!” or simply “Happy Ramadan!”
  • The Iftar is the breaking of the fast after sundown. If you are invited to an Iftar dinner, you should go! It is a wonderful opportunity, and it is always a great time!
  • Offer to help out! (If you live in the Northern Hemisphere) Ramadan happens during the summertime, so offer to help them with strenuous outdoor work. 
  • Take time to learn about Islam! Ask questions! It is important gain knowledge of Islam during a time where islamophobia is on the rise. 
  • Educate your church about Ramadan and Islam. 
Hindu and Jewish women wed in 'UK's first interfaith lesbian marriage'

A Hindu woman and her Jewish soulmate have married in what is believed to be the UK’s first interfaith lesbian wedding.

Kalavati Mistry and Miriam Jefferson met more than 20 years ago on a training course in America, and tied the knot on Saturday in a Hindu ceremony, wearing traditional red-and-white bridal colours.

Ms Mistry, 48, had kept her sexuality a secret for years and said it had been “very difficult for me as an Asian gay woman”.

But her friends and family have been “welcoming and embracing” to Ms Jefferson since she revealed their relationship, she said, adding: “I hope many many gay people - no matter what religion or culture they’re in - are in loving relationships.”

The couple, who both work for an interfaith organisation, married at the Chutney Ivy restaurant in Leicester.

Ms Jefferson revealed they had already had a Jewish wedding in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas, earlier this year.

She told Mail Online: “It’s really nice to now have a Hindu wedding here, because it brings both of us together and completes both of us in my eyes.”

The couple will return to live in the US after the wedding.

marvelouslymadmm  asked:

I have a Half Roma (father) half Ashkenazi Jewish (Mother) character who's parents met while working together on the Holocaust Museum being opened in DC(90s). I currently have her family being very disapproving of the marriage, and his brothers disliking her family for being snobs, as background tension for his childhood. Are there any resources or feedback on racial tensions and religious tensions I am missing between the two groups? I really want to get this right, as I love the character.

Writing about tensions between Jewish and Rroma in-laws

I’ll be blunt: there are tensions? If there are, I am completely unaware of them. What I usually see is Jewish Tumblr and Twitter users reminding each other to remember that we stick together with Rroma people because of shared bullshit, and speaking out to educate random non-Rroma gentiles (and each other) not to use the g-slur. I would also find it totally reasonable that Jewish characters might be anti-Rroma by accident or uneducated about Rroma people even being a real thing because of not knowing any better, like if someone hadn’t educated them, or if they were anti-Rroma because people who aren’t Rroma can be anti-Rroma, not specifically because they’re Jewish.

Jewish people sometimes have religious tension over interfaith marriages because our parents get freaked that if we marry gentiles we’ll all die out. There’s a such thing as marrying someone of another faith but promising to bring the kids up Jewish. I know more than one person who came out and their parents were like “okay, fine, but still marry a Jew.” The other reason parents get freaked out is that deep down sometimes it’s very hard to believe that a gentile really does think we’re human and okay and not secretly plotting between ourselves to take over the world. Like, you know that General Order 66 thing in the third Star Wars prequel where suddenly all the stormtroopers just know what Palpatine means, and start killing all the Jedi? Some gentiles think we’re up to shit like that so the idea of marrying a gentile means worrying that deep down inside that’s what they or their family think of us. You know what, though? This is very similar to some of the toxic mythology about Rroma people out there. So if both sides believed the non-Rroma gentile slander about the other side, then maybe that’s where the tension comes from, too.

But can we talk about this “both sides hate the other” idea for a second? I don’t know your background, but if someone who’s not a member of two marginalized groups chooses to write a story that makes both of those groups look bad for giving each other trouble, that makes me a little uncomfortable. Think how awkward it would be for a straight cis guy to write about the tensions between lesbians and bisexual women. It would almost seem as if lesbians and bi women were each other’s biggest problems, rather than straight people and cis men specifically perpetrating the most discrimination and systemic oppression against all women who love women. 

Now, as I said, I don’t know your background–if you’re Jewish or Rroma yourself, find a writing buddy of the other group and together you can talk about ways to make your story really ring true–if that’s a realistic conflict in the first place, anyway.

By the way, there’s no reason you can’t have family tension that doesn’t have anything to do with people’s ethnic background. Personality differences can happen within marginalized communities just like anywhere else, and plenty of people don’t get along with their family’s in-laws or find them snobby or not good enough. Just make sure your fictional in-laws’ “objectionable traits” aren’t directly derived from lazy stereotypes.

–Shira

I am thinking about starting an interfaith blog. With the rise of fascism and xenophobia, I think it is important that there be dialogue and interaction between religions. 

I wish to get a bunch of people from differing religions. Mods would represent their respective religions and will be willing to answer questions and talk about their faith. 

I am a Christian, and I am looking for those who are Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu, Pagan (or any other faith) that may wish to become mods. I would prefer if mods were engaged and informed in their faith (but you don’t need to an expert). You can send me a message or reply to this post if you are interested.

Us visibly religious people need to have more solidarity. It takes so much courage in this increasing secular world to wear a hijab, a yamaka ,a turban, a tichel, an orthodox Christian headscarf, monks robes, or anything else that shows pride in your tradition and commitment to God. Y'all are my people. Much love and respect.

It is not uncommon for religious believers in the struggle to discover that they have more in common, theologically speaking, with comrades from very different religious traditions than they have with members of their own communities who are not involved in the struggle. This religious commonalty in the struggle demands a theological framework which can give it expression and explain it.
—  (Gross, 1990, 2); epigraph from Qur’an, Liberation, and Pluralism by Farid Esack

post-mortem-pixie  asked:

I have a character who has a Jewish dad and Muslim mom, so I was wondering if it's okay for her to belong to both faiths and how I could combine the religions

Interfaith Household: Combining Religions?

Kaye and I both feel that the way this can work is if the family is mostly non practicing or if the kid chooses one or the other religion to actually worship in. You will probably have to do more of your own research to figure out which one of these options to go with. 

“Combining” the religions may not actually be possible if we are talking actual beliefs, but if we’re just talking cultural identities then you can probably pull it off with sufficient research.

–Shira

I’m Jewish, and I support my Muslim brothers and sisters.

“וַיִּקְבְּר֨וּ אֹת֜וֹ יִצְחָ֤ק וְיִשְׁמָעֵאל֙ בָּנָ֔יו אֶל־מְעָרַ֖ת הַמַּכְפֵּלָ֑ה אֶל־שְׂדֵ֞ה עֶפְרֹ֤ן בֶּן־צֹ֙חַר֙ הַֽחִתִּ֔י אֲשֶׁ֖ר עַל־פְּנֵ֥י מַמְרֵֽא׃” “And Isaac and Ishmael his sons buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, at the face of Mamre” (Gen 25:9)

According to the Hebrew Bible, the children of Abraham/Ibraham came together when our shared patriarch Abraham/Ibraham passed away.  We are a family and must continue to work towards creating peace between our beloved peoples and traditions.

The Church regards with esteem also the Moslems. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself; merciful and all- powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth,(5) who has spoken to men; they take pains to submit wholeheartedly to even His inscrutable decrees, just as Abraham, with whom the faith of Islam takes pleasure in linking itself, submitted to God. Though they do not acknowledge Jesus as God, they revere Him as a prophet. They also honor Mary, His virgin Mother; at times they even call on her with devotion. In addition, they await the day of judgment when God will render their deserts to all those who have been raised up from the dead. Finally, they value the moral life and worship God especially through prayer, almsgiving and fasting.

Since in the course of centuries not a few quarrels and hostilities have arisen between Christians and Moslems, this sacred synod urges all to forget the past and to work sincerely for mutual understanding and to preserve as well as to promote together for the benefit of all mankind social justice and moral welfare, as well as peace and freedom.

—  Sec.3: DECLARATION ON
THE RELATION OF THE CHURCH TO NON-CHRISTIAN RELIGIONS
NOSTRA AETATE
PROCLAIMED BY HIS HOLINESS
POPE PAUL VI
ON OCTOBER 28, 1965

The Golden Rule poster by Paul McKenna (Golden Rules for Peace, gathered from 13 Religions).

Native Spirituality
We are as much alive as we keep the Earth alive.
- Chief Dan George

Baha'i Faith
Lay not on any soul a load that you would not wish to be
laid upon you, and desire not for anyone the things you would
not desire for yourself.
- Baha'u'llah, Gleanings

Buddhism
Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find
hurtful.
- The Buddha, Udana-Varga 5.18

Christianity
In everything, do to others as you would have them do to
you; for this is the law and the prophets.
- Jesus, Matthew 7:12

Confucianism
One word which sums up the basis of all good conduct…
loving kindness. Do not do to others what you do not want
done to yourself.
- Confucius, Analects 15.23

Hinduism
This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would
cause pain if done to you.
- Mahabharata 5:1517

Islam
Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what
you wish for yourself.
- The Prophet Muhammad, Hadith

Jainism
One should treat all creatures in the world
as one would like to be treated.
- Mahavira, Sutrakritanga

Judaism
What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. This is
the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary.
- Hillel, Talmud, Shabbath 31a

Sikhism
I am a stranger to no one; and no one is a stranger to me.
Indeed, I am a friend to all.
- Guru Granth Sahib, pg. 1299

Taoism
Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain and your
neighbor’s loss as your own loss.
- T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien, 213-218

Unitarianism
We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web
of all existence, of which we are a part.
- Unitarian principle

Zoroastrianism
Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself.
- Shayast-na-Shayast 13.29

Jewish Lesbian

So, I’m not the best storyteller but here goes. 

I come from a conservative household. My da’s grandda was an Orthodox Rabbi. My mother was a first generation American (born to a Shoah survivor). We kept a kosher house and my sister and I grew up in skirts.  When I was in primary school I dreamed about growing up to be a rabbi one day. 

Then I had a a crush in middle school. On a girl. Her name was Michelle. She had a rose tattoo on her foot. I ignore it but start to drift from observing. Stop saying the Shema. Start wearing pants instead of skirts. By the time I graduate middle school, I don’t go to synagogue with my family anymore. 

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anonymous asked:

If an interfaith couple gets married (one Jewish, one whatever else), would their male guests be obligated to wear kippahs? Even if they aren't themselves Jewish?

Hi there,

That’s a great question - one that depends on a variety of factors.  (Please note, as this is a Progressive space I have swapped your original usage of the biological sex “male” to the gender as to be more inclusive of this imaginary couple’s wedding guests.

Factor #1:  Is this a Jewish Wedding?   Are there only Jewish officiant(s)?  Will any other faith traditions be included- making this a wedding that is really not a Jewish wedding?  If this isn’t a Jewish wedding (and yes, a Jew and a non-Jew can be married in a Jewish wedding), but an interfaith ceremony in which other faith traditions are included - why would you enforce people to wear Jewish ritual items?   (Unless.. see factor 3)

Factor #2:  If this is a Jewish Wedding, what is the theology of the officiating clergy?   Would the rabbi(s) and/or cantor(s) normally police, men to wear kippot at their services?  Would they police or encourage all genders to wear kippot at services?

Factor #3:  Assuming that the clergy is comfortable with the couple making their own choices, what does the couple want?  Would the couple feel more comfortable in this holy moment for their guests to wear kippot?  Does it make a difference to them?   If you grew up as a Conservative or Orthodox Jew (movements which discourage Jewish and non-Jewish marriage), would you feel more comfortable carrying the tradition that you (and/or your partner) grew up with having people wear kippot?

Factor #4:  Think about the Jewish person’s Jewish family, how do they feel about this whole issue?  Although you aren’t throwing a wedding for your family, there are certain traditions that’s absence might make them feel uncomfortable.   Do you think Grandpa Alfred or Savta Sid, mom or dad, of Great Uncle Joe would feel uncomfortable if this custom wasn’t encouraged at your simcha (celebration)?   How can you make this day both special for you and your partner, while also making sure that it is as easy as possible?

Bonus Factor:  A beautiful American tradition for both Bnai Mitzvah and Jewish Weddings is the inclusion of customized kippot.  Beyond personalizing the design to fit you and your partner’s style and your wedding theme, a little inscription from your event is written on inside of the design.  Imagine the memories that these mementos will bring for your guests ten, fifteen, or even thirty years in the future when lighting their Hanukkah candles, or when grabbing a kippa on their way out to shul.   On a personal note, my family’s collection of Bnai Mitzvah and wedding kippot is extremely holy to all of us!

I hope that this helps!

Shabbat Shalom!

PJ

Thrilled to announce that I’ve been picked as a moderator for the new Interfaith Connect blog, the purpose of which is to “help educate the world about religious plurality, encourage interfaith partnerships, and inspire acceptance and respect.” We currently have mods from different Hindu, Jewish, Pagan, Muslim, Christian, and Sikh traditions and we’re all super excited to get this project off the ground.

Feel free to give us a follow or signal boost to anyone who might find the project interesting. All faith backgrounds are welcome!

Conversations with Tibetan Woman

A couple of weeks ago, I was in CO, which has quite a Tibetan population. I went into a store and met the owner, an absolutely joyful woman from Nepal. She was friendly, quick to laugh and joke, but when the conversation came around to gods and goddesses (she was particularly interested in my Molnjir pendant), she became very sad. 

She told me how Christians come into her store day after day with pamphlets asking if they can pray for her, and with warnings of Hell, and why she should accept Jesus. 

Now, let’s back up. These things have NO meaning for this women. She did not grow up in Western Christian culture where we learn about Jesus as kids because of Christmas, Easter, and the overwhelming Christian perspective here. Christianity isn’t just foreign to her, the concept of a single god demanding worship is utterly bizarre. 

I spent about 10 minutes explaining the basics of Christianity from a polytheistic perspective: 

That Christians believe their single God incarnated as a human and sacrificed himself willingly so that everyone can go to a loving/peaceful afterlife. Anyone that does not accept this, will not have a loving or peaceful afterlife, and the entire reason every Christian seeks to convert others is they believe it is an act of love to preserve your soul after death. 

NO ONE. Literally NO ONE had ever explained it to her. She was so thankful for an explanation she hugged me. And while she did not agree with any of this, for in her tradition her gods ARE loving and would never subject someone to pain and misery for eternity, she was extremely happy to understand. 

Now, this woman has some understanding that the Christians coming to her shop, while completely uneducated and suffering from an extremely small worldview, are not coming with hateful intentions as she previously thought. 

This is why interfaith dialogue and discussion is SO important. 

Even if you don’t share beliefs, learning about someone else’s is the greatest act of love and compassion. For Christians, I guarantee you will not get ANYWHERE with a relationship or a discussion with someone unless you are willing to learn about them and their beliefs FIRST. Secondly, avoid telling someone their beliefs are “evil”, “damned”, or “wrong”. You are attacking something sacred to them, even if you do not agree, how would you feel if someone told you that your god was their definition of the devil?

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