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Getting to the Heart of Interfaith

The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi and an Imam

Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon and Imam Jamal Rahman

6 x 9, 192 pp, Quality Paperback, 978-1-59473-263-8

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A “Best Spiritual Book of the Year.”   —Spirituality & Practice

Featured in the New York Times, on CBS Evening News
and on NPR’s On Point and Here & Now

 

A deeply personal journey to interfaith collaboration that offers hope for an inclusive and healing way of being together in the world.

Too often religion seems to fuel more hatred than love, more conflict than collaboration. Interfaith Talk Radio’s “interfaith amigos”—a pastor, a rabbi and an Imam—provide a rich understanding of the road to interfaith collaboration by sharing their stories, challenges, and the inner spiritual work necessary to go beyond tolerance to a vital, inclusive spirituality.

From their deep commitment and lived experience, they present ways we can work together to transcend the differences that have divided us historically. Together they explore:

  • The five stages of the interfaith journey
  • The power of our stories
  • The core of our traditions
  • The promises and problems of our traditions
  • New dimensions of spiritual identity
  • And much more

Along with inspiring insights and encouragement for tapping into the promise of interfaith dialogue, they provide practical actions, additional readings and discussion questions to help you embody their revolutionary spirit of healing.

“A masterful first-hand account of interfaith dialogue. Insightful, interesting, informative, and important ... [will be] of great interest to individual readers and a rich resource for religious communities seeking to create such dialogue.”

Marcus J. Borg, best-selling author, The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith and other books

“[A] very personal book … proposes a road map for spiritual growth and interfaith cooperation. It will open [our] hearts and minds to each other and each other’s faith traditions.”

Rabbi Leonard A. Schoolman, founding director, Center for Religious Inquiry, New York; author, The Changing Christian World: A Brief Introduction for Jews

“Not an ordinary book, rather the lived experience of three religious leaders and the exploration of their faith differences. Lifts up a way to peaceful living based in understanding and compassion.”

Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, former general secretary, The National Council of Churches in Christ (United States)

“Courageous…. Provides an essential and inspiring guide to religious healing and the human step to spiritual maturity.”

David Korten, board chair, YES! Magazine; author, Agenda for a New Economy and The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community

“Brings us something new: true and honest friendship as evidenced in tough talk and deep interspiritual sharing. Read this book and live it. Get your clergy to do the same.”

Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author, The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Preparing to Practice

“Important. The perfect book to introduce the world of interfaith cooperation and understanding [and] a great way for any local religious community’s adult study group to safely dive in.”

Rev. Bud Heckman, director for external relations, Religions for Peace; author, InterActive Faith: The Essential Interreligious Community-Building Handbook

“Written with clarity, insight and wisdom ... provides a judicious model for developing bonds across religious boundaries.  Read it—and put its recommendations into practice.”

Sr. Mary C. Boys, Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology, Union Theological Seminary, New York City; co-author, Christians & Jews in Dialogue: Learning in the Presence of the Other

Pastor Don Mackenzie, PhD, Rabbi Ted Falcon PhD, and Imam Jamal Rahman—now known as the Interfaith Amigos—started working together after 9/11. Since then, they have brought their unique blend of spiritual wisdom and humor to audiences in the US, Israel-Palestine, Japan and more. Their first book, Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi and an Imam, brought the Interfaith Amigos international attention with coverage from the New York Times, CBS News, and NPR. Their second book, Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith, probes more deeply in to the problem aspects of our religious institutions to provide a profound understanding of the nature of what divides us. Their work is dedicated to supporting more effective interfaith dialogue that can bring greater collaboration on the major social and economic issues of our time.
Mackenzie, PhD, is former minister and head of staff at University Congregational United Church of Christ in Seattle. Falcon, PhD, founder of meditative synagogues in Los Angeles and Seattle, is author of A Journey of Awakening: Kabbalistic Meditations on the Tree of Life and co-author of Judaism For Dummies. Rahman, a Muslim Sufi minister and co-founder of Seattle's Interfaith Community Sanctuary, is author of The Fragrance of Faith: The Enlightened Heart of Islam and Out of Darkness into Light: Spiritual Guidance in the Qu’ran with Reflections from Christian and Jewish Sources.

 

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