In this episode, I reflect on what I learned through the Ramadan Conversations series, and share some thoughts on #Orlando and how we might respond to such a tragedy. The dates I listed are for interfaith Iftars happening in AZ, OH, NJ, CO, CA, IL, KY, and IN over the next few weeks. Please check them out and plan on attending these events if you are in these areas. Also let me know if you want to host the FRIENEMIES Tour in your area, 9/1-9/18 in IL, IN, MO, IA, WI, or MI.
I talked with Haroon in the late afternoon last week. Which means, Haroon had been fasting since about 5am. He speaks with the energy of a college student (which he is) despite the lack of fuel in his body. We talked about Ramadan hi-jinx and what makes good deeds 'good'. It's some good conversation on the flip-side of the horrors that took place on Sunday in Orlando.
SE7EN FAST: se7enfast.com
I'm also booking the FRIENEMIES Midwest Tour. To find out more, visit jroberteagan.com/speaking
In Part Four of the Ramadan Conversations series, I caught up with Seher, who was the first guest on the Frienemies Podcast (Episode 2) last fall. We talk about Ramadan as a gift that is only as good as what you put into the experience. To find out more about how you can connect with Muslims this Ramadan, click the link below for SE7EN FAST, a hub for interfaith Iftars occurring around the country.
SE7EN FAST: www.se7enfast.com/#/locate
In Part Three of the Ramadan Conversations series, I talked with Sondos, my friend in Southern California. We talk about Ramadan for American Muslims as potentially a more authentic experience than for Muslims in the Muslim world, among other things. This is perhaps the most hopeful, helpful, and mind-changing conversation I have had so far.
To RSVP for SoCal Iftars, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also check out www.missunderstanding.co
In Part Two of the Ramadan Conversations series, I talked with Bassel, my friend and founder of Eid.Pray.Love. He's full of insight, and talks about how Ramadan is a special time of spiritual introspection and an opportunity to put on new practices in the future.
Bassel's Twitter: @viabassel
Welcome to the Ramadan Conversations series! In this short episode, I share my first experience with Ramadan and why it made no sense to me while I lived in Jordan. Through the course of several years and the upcoming conversations with my American Muslim friends, things have changed. I hope that things will change for you as well.
I caught up with Jordan Denari, Research Fellow for the Bridge Initiative, a project of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. We talked about what brought her to this work as a Catholic from the Midwest, as well as what makes her hopeful for peace in the future between Muslims and Christians.
Here is a link to a piece written by her as well as one of the YouTube videos of Fr. Frans van der Lugt which Jordan referenced in the conversation.
I caught up with my friend Brian Newman of The Isaac Ishmael Initiative to talk about the current refugee crisis facing Europe as well as what he believes the Church should be doing in response, both in Europe and the U.S. To find out more on how to get involved in helping the 62 million refugees in the world, go to www.wewelcomerefugees.com
Catherine Orsborn is the Campaign Director for Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign (www.shouldertoshouldercampaign.org) in Washington, D.C and a Doctoral candidate with Denver University and Illif School of Theology. She talks about how a Muslim and a Priest changed her way of understanding faith and certainty from a conservative Evangelical background, taking a bus tour with Jews and Muslims, and what she believes makes for peace.
I caught up with Sondos and Michal at the ISNA 2015 Convention in Chicago, again in a hotel lobby. Sondos is a Muslim from California, and Michal is a Christian from the Netherlands. They are the creators of www.missunderstanding.co , a story site of theirs and others' relationships across lines of religious difference. May their story inspire you to put your finger through the brick wall of fear which is painted on tissue paper, and see that it isn't real.