Two U.S. friends and an Iraqi archaeologist – plus Pope & President – visit the ruins of Sumer in southern Iraq. Pope Francis visited there in March, 2021 because traditionally that is where Abraham, the “Father” of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, is from. During this visit, the history of the Sumerians is discussed along with a surprising story of probably the first-ever reported teacher-student-parent corruption!
iPub is embarking on a new, courageous project to bring the story of Pope Francis and Muslim-Catholic dialogue into the realm of the illustrated, or graphic, book. The authors of this illustrated book, Khaleel Mohommad, Professor, Moussa Serge Traore, Catholic Priest, and Leonard Swidler, Professor, will place this story in Iraq. It will follow the visit of Pope Francis to that country on a dialogue building mission to create peace, tolerance and unity between Catholics and Muslims there in March of 2021.
Through Dialogue we grow and expand our world view, into our whole-ness or holi-ness. When we encounter another, “alien ego,” through dialogue we grow, expand and “pass over” to an even more complete world view and whole-ness, or holiness. Thus we become more complete and transformed. This transformation can then be shared with those who are “home” or community.
Summing up Christianity, and perhaps Judaism as well, is Love, expressed in the “Golden Rule.” This core teaching is deeply rooted in the Torah and Judaism. It gives an actionable purpose to human life, as well as meaning to the question of “what,” or “who,” is God.
Our old wisdom when we lived on a tiny plot of the vast Earth is no longer adequate to deal with the tsunami of experiences and deluge of knowledge that is flooding over us today! We are increasingly aware that our understanding of the world is not limited and static. We must realize that all of our “knowledge” is interpreted and that nobody knows everything about anything. Therefore, dialogue is the path to building a bridge toward peace and understanding of others.
The world is too complicated for anyone to grasp alone; increasingly, we can understand reality only with the help of the other, in Dialogue. This is important, because how we understand the world determines how we act in the world.
Harold Kasimow’s new book, Love or Perish, explores the questions that still haunt those who try to understand how the Holocaust could happen if there is a God. Perhaps even more importantly, Kasimow relates his ideas about how interfaith dialogue can help to prevent another Holocaust from happening in our very divided and stratified global society.
“We have just embarked on a new year, but I wonder what the “new” is? After all, we still have the same president and the same problems repeated daily on the “news blues.” Our New Year’s resolutions still harbor the same gripes and opinions. We want to change, but we cannot seem to get beyond a cultural depression.” In this wonderful piece Sam Holt evaluates these questions and discusses what he believes we should do to overcome the New Years Blues.