Two Faiths One Prayer
Organized by: Kerry Chaplin
What is Two Faiths One Prayer?
On May 3rd, we Muslims and Jews prayed side-by-side in five public locations throughout Los Angeles. We spent the day with one another praying, eating, and riding public transportation, and invited others to pray with us.
Watch our video. Share with your friends. Donate. Spread the message that two peoples perceived as enemies can pray together towards peace, hope, and Divinity.
How Your Gift Will Help
Your gift will help us to share this short film within Jewish and Muslim communities and to host additional shared public prayers in Los Angeles and around the world.
The project was borne out of our experience as fellows of NewGround: A Muslim/Jewish Partnership for Change. As part of the fellowship -- an eight month conflict resolution, leadership training, and interfaith learning program -- we participate in two weekend retreats. During bi-monthly sessions and retreats, we learn about each other's religions, histories, and build strong connections and friendships which help dissolve whatever blinders we may have previously worn.
On our first retreat, after sharing our traditions of Shabbat and Isha, we realized that our prayer times intersected, and that perhaps, instead of praying in separate spaces, we share a prayer space. We felt that though our rituals and avenues of connection are different, our goal and our G-d is the same. The experience was profound for the participants and the observers. Those praying expressed a heightened sense of focus and intention in their prayers, and those observing reported a feeling of unity and deep connection.
Those feelings have stayed with us, and so we want to design a safe, sacred space for others to experience a little bit of what we felt -- or to at least observe that it’s possible for Jews and Muslims to come together in prayer. We hope people of our own faiths, as well as others, will even realize that we are praying to the same One G-d.
Our small group of Jews and Muslims will not solve the Middle East crisis, nor will we eliminate hatred among people worldwide. But we can stand together, in prayer, and strive to be a channel for change. For hope. For divinity.
The world is big, the hate is real, there is much work to do. But we must begin somewhere; we must turn to G-d and proclaim that its not “us against them,” but rather, “us and them,” united to repair this broken world.
For more info, visit www.twofaithsoneprayer.com.
Who's Supporting Us
NewGround has awarded us a microgrant to get us started. Help us get the rest of the way there.