Friday, March 27, 2009


I attended a fascinating book reading in Seattle last night where three co-authors read from their book, OUT OF DARKNESS INTO LIGHT, Spiritual Guidance in the Quran with Reflections from Christian and Jewish Sources.

The three authors are Jamal Rahman, a renown Muslim Sufi Minister, Kathleen Schmitt Elias, a former Roman Catholic Nun who is now a Sufi Jew and Ann Holmes Redding a Muslim and a Christian with a doctorate in Christian scripture. Ms. Redding is also an Episcopalian Priest.

It was an experience to hear them read and share the many crossover points and similarities of the major world religions. At one point Mr. Rahman, in talking about interfaith thinking said, "If one is flexible, one can never be bent out of shape." After the reading we were able to mingle with the authors and have one on one questions and answers.

Here’s what Desmond Tutu, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa has to say about the book:

"The writers of this thoughtful and wise book take us gently by the hand and show us, `Here is the one God, the God of us all, right here in the Quran.' This message is actually quite good news, although it challenges the assumption that God is wholly owned by Christianity, or any one religion. I hope that Out of Darkness Into Light is read widely and taken to heart so that we all can widen our circles of embrace and recognize the God of love and compassion in more people and places."

If you have questions about the validity of keeping Kosher in a modern age, or how your particular faith may fit with the world religions or if you are an agnostic with questions of the various faiths, this book is an excellent guide map.