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In July 2015, we started Hearing the Call across Traditions: Readings on Faith and Service.  This is an inspiring collection of readings that raises deep questions about service and its roots in faith.  We will be exploring the connections between faith, service, and social justice through the prose, verse, and sacred texts of the world's great faith traditions.  The focus of the book is 1) Why do I serve? 2) Whom do I serve? 3) How do I serve?  This rich collection will create a platform for discussing and understanding the faith-based service of others as well as inspire us to reflect on the meaning behind our own commitment to improving the world.


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Previous Discussions:

For our first book, we read the chapters from Huston Smith’s The World's Religions that covered Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

Our discussion questions included:
  • What do you think Huston Smith “got” about your religion?  What did he miss?
  • What did you learn about the other religions?
  • What questions did this reading raise for you?


During the summer months when many of our members were traveling, we reviewed the documentary DVD on Three Faiths, One God: Judaism, Christianity, Islam.  
This DVD was a gift to us from the Episcopal Peace Fellowship of Arkansas and is currently available through our loan library.



 
We spent three months discussing The Faith Club: A Muslim, a Christian, a Jew—Three Women Search for Understanding.  

It is a good choice to start with because the authors, like us, were working through their own journeys, modeling a method to work through challenging questions. 



 


We could have spent more than the two months we gave to Bruce Feiler’s A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths because it offered such spirited discussions.  

We didn’t agree with a lot of things in the book—which is a very good thing as it creates opportunities for us to think through our own perspectives.  We’ve agreed: we’ll be coming back to this one again.





We used four meetings to discuss The Tent of Abraham—Stories of Hope and Peace.  The content includes current issues in Israel and Palestine, so to keep away from a political focus it is important to see how the authors weave the Abrahamic shared stories into positive examples for the modern day scenario.  

This is a rich resource that deserves careful reading and discussion.




 

In June 2013, we took a look inside the mind’s eye, as everyday people across America tried to define God in the documentary film, “God in the Box.”  The film explores diverse and unique perspectives, giving viewers the opportunity to respond to the questions:  What does God mean to me?  What does God look like to me?  The film generated lots of good questions and comments, and would be a good starter for newly formed interfaith groups.  
It can be purchased at WWW.GODINTHEBOX.COM 



During the summer months, we read Faith Stories: Short Fiction on the Varieties and Vagaries of Faith edited by C. Michael Curtis.  The writers explore the diverse world of faith in all its guises:  Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu, Quaker, Confucian, Jewish and Christian.  

It’s a good read to follow the God in the Box film because we were able to ask how these stories might challenge the way we, ourselves,  view God.  

Since the Little Rock Daughters of Abraham planned to attend the 2013 Dialogue Institute of the Southwest's Annual Friendship & Dialogue Dinner at the Clinton Presidential Center where Mustafa Akyol would be the keynote speaker,  we chose to read his book for our October and November meetings. 

In Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case For Liberty, Akyol addresses the underlying question at the heart of the debate concerning Islam--whether it is compatible with individual liberty and a free society.  This was an excellent read, and the book also initiated some really good opportunities to talk about personal experiences from our Muslim members who are also from Turkey.   



To start 2014, we decided to take a look at specifics from our three traditions.  In January, our Christian members lead the discussion on the Gospel of Luke from our Christian Testament; in February, our Jewish members lead the discussion on The Thirteen Principles of Jewish Faith; then our Muslim members led the discussion for two of our meetings on The Holy Qur'an and Its Interpretation and Chapter 1 of the Qur'an: Al-Fatihah (The Opening).  For our meeting in April, we gathered at one of our Jewish member's home to experience a Seder Meal together.




PhotoIn June the Daughters of Abraham toured the visiting artist Ludmila Pawlowska's Icons in Transformation Art Exhibit at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Little Rock, AR.  With our own personal guide, we experienced over 100 pieces of Pawlowska's work, learning about Icons and how they are used in the Christian community for contemplative prayer and other forms of worship.

You can find more information about the American tour of Icons In Transformation at Mila's website: 
 We started this book in August and discussed one chapter at a time over the next nine months.   We wanted to take our time because it explores the deeper dimensions of interfaith dialogue--that which the authors suggest divide us personally, spiritually and institutionally.  It proved to be a rich source for thought provoking and meaningful conversations.  We used the Amazing Faiths Questions for Interfaith Dialogue (available on our Resource page) to supplement our discussions.




In June 2015, The Little Rock Daughters of Abraham  attended the performance of Fiddler on The Roof  at the Reynolds Performance Hall in Conway, Arkansas.  This classic beloved musical tells the story of Tevye the dairyman who takes ultimate joy in his family and traditions. He works to raise his five daughters and see them married well, but must struggle against modern ideas and the rising tide of anti-Semitism in 1900's Russia that threaten to destroy his family and their way of life. 





View our Goodreads Book List which includes reviews by our individual members: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/16469181-little-rock-daughters-of-abraham-women-s-interfaith-book-group