Posted by: smstrouse | January 19, 2013

Peace Among the Religions: I Have a Dream!


Each week, in our church newsletter, we include a listing of religious and cultural observances for the month.  We’ve been doing that for a while now, and it’s always a helpful reminder (at least to me) that there are a whole lot of sacred times and holy days besides the ones on our Christian calendar. It’s helpful to know what our neighbors are doing and to be able to give appropriate greetings on special occasions.

This week, though, I was struck by the list for the rest of this month. What a wealth of opportunity to engage in religious dialogue, bridge-building and peacemaking.

  • January 18-25 is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
  • The 20th  is World Religion Day in the Baha’i faith.
  • On the 21st, we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
  • The 24th is Mawlid an Nabi, the Prophet Mohammad’s birthday.
  • The 26th is Tu B’shvat, New Year for Trees in Judaism.
  • And January 27-30 is Mahayana Buddhist New Year.

And, of course it’s still the season of Epiphany, when we remember that great interfaith occasion when those Zoroastrian Persians (Iranians) entered into the Christian Nativity story, seeking the new ruler of the Jews. You don’t have to take that story literally (actually it makes more sense if you don’t!) to see the astounding implications for our world today.

Looking at the list above gives me great hope for the future, as well as a renewed commitment to the work of peacemaking. May the dream of Martin Luther King – and of all visionaries – come to pass.




  1. Why don’t you post this somewhere we can see it every month! This is great!
    Maybe the conference website?????


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