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Connie Schultz: Christians, Jews, Muslims make interfaith leap 13 June , 2011

Churchgoing Christians are used to hearing their ministers quote from Matthew 25:35:

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you invited me in.

However, most Christians never get to hear Jesus’ message delivered by a Rabbi — and one who quotes Islamic text, too:

One should like for his neighbor what he loves for himself.

It’s also not your typical religious service when Muslims join Unitarians in thunderous applause as a Baptist preacher invokes the names of Harriet Tubman and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel in the same bellowing breath.

Nor is it common for hundreds of Jews to rise from their seats and sway to the soulful offerings of a black gospel choir.

I dare say most Americans never have listened to a woman whose title begins with “the Very Reverend” and ends with “dean of Trinity Church.”

Lord, what a night.

More than 40 different religious congregations showed up Monday evening for the founding meeting of a new coalition, called Greater Cleveland Congregations.



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