Friday, February 25, 2011

Faith Club Author Speaks at Vol State March 2

Ranya Idliby has been working to transcend religious barriers and overcome stereotypes and she has two friends to help in the journey. Their book “The Faith Club” brings together a Christian, Jew and Muslim to explore faith and values. Idliby will bring that story to Volunteer State Community College for Unity Day 2011. It's a rescheduled date due to weather issues on previous dates.
“The Faith Club” has been praised by critics as setting a path for a conversation many Americans may want to have. Idliby is a Palestinian-born American-Muslim. Along with Suzanne Oliver, an Episcopalian and Priscilla Warner, a Reform Jew, she tackles the issues keeping religious believers apart, and explores how a new context can deepen religious faith.

Idliby will speak on Wednesday, March 2 at 12:15pm and 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Caudill Hall on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. It is free and everyone is invited. For more information call 615-230-3461.

1 comment:

Portugal said...

This book does more than put a band-aid on the uneasy co-existence of the three Abrahamic faiths in America and over the world. The authors here confront stereotypes about their own and each others' faiths, and they don't pull any punches. The Jewish woman, Priscilla, confronts Christian Suzanne, challenging her claim that she'd never heard Jews being blamed for Christ's death. But that's nothing compared to the discussion that emerges when the Israel-Palestine situation comes up. I strongly recommend this book for Americans who simplistically wonder 'Why don't the Arabs just take care of the Palestinian problem?' The Muslim, Ranya, whose parents lost their ancestral home when Israel came into being, offers the little-heard (in this country) story of Palestinian dispossession. She is quite clear in her condemnation of Muslim extremists, and it is wonderful to read how she has become an important figure in uniting the American Muslim community, which is overwhelmingly moderate, and represents a sort of diaspora from around the world. I learned that most Muslims in the world aren't even Arabs, many do not wear head dress, and that the faith itself is much closer to my personal beliefs (raised Catholic, married to a Jew) than I would have guessed. Ich bin ein Muslim -- who knew? While, unlike Suzanne, I had a thorough education in the horror Christians have inflicted on Jews, I was taught next to nothing about Muslims -- just the oft-repeated story about the thousand virgins who are the reward for those who self-annhiliate in the name of Allah.