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Interfaith Community Church Service, March 18, 2012
“The Beauty and Majesty of Prayer”
In his lively and inspiring style, Jamal discusses aspects of prayer from Islam and other traditions. He offers simple techniques for prayer in daily life along with meditations and stories for reflection. "May my breath connect me to mystery, divinity, God, within and without. God is the breath within the breath." Click the icon below to listen.
The Interfaith Amigos on Homophobia in Abrahamic Scripture
Weekday on KUOW 94.9 with Steve Scher First aired 11/9/2011 54 min., 25MB
The Interfaith Amigos—Imam Jamal Rahman, Pastor Don Mackenzie, and Rabbi Ted Falcon—are known for fostering open dialogue between different religions. One major sticking point in such conversations is homophobia in scripture. Certain lines of scripture are often used to exclude and breed hatred. Why does this happen? What can be done to stop it? What are the seemingly homophobic scriptures found in Abrahamic faiths really trying to say?
Sunday, September 19, 2010 Interfaith Community Church, Seattle (30 min., 7MB, Windows Media file)
A proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero. A plan to burn Qur'ans. A death threat against a Seattle cartoonist. These events and others illustrate today'spervasive and extreme levels of rage, confusion, intolerance, and fear. What attitudes and beliefs give rise to these reactions? Are there spiritual lessons that can be drawn from them? Jamal Rahman addresses these issues and more in a powerful and inspiring talk given at Seattle's Interfaith Community Church. Click photo at right to listen. You may also right click on photo, select "save target as" to save to your computer.
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Heart Meditation with Jamal Rahman Sunday, September 19, 2010 Interfaith Community Church, Seattle (7 min., 42 sec., 1.8MB, Windows Media file)
"All the great masters, all the great traditions say that to connect with the other we first have to connect with ourselves. To love the other, we have to love ourselves." This introduces the closing meditation for "Spiritual Lessons from the Mosque Controversy," a talk given at Seattle's Interfaith Community Church on September 19, 2010. Piano accompaniment is provided by Yanadevi Viniko. Click photo at left to listen. You may also right click on photo, select "save target as" to save to your computer.
Wisconsin Public Radio's "Here on Earth" "Mullah Nasruddin: Islam's Holy Fool" Talk presented by Jamal Rahman, August 18, 2010 Click on icon below to listen. Or right click on icon, select "save target as" to save to your computer.
Weekday on KUOW 94.9 "Beyond the Mindset of 9/11: A Discussion with the Interfaith Amigos" First aired 9/9/2009 54 min., 25MB
In many ways, September 11 unified our country, but to many, it also vilified Islam. Wars in the Middle East and fighting between Israel and Palestine have also contributed to fractured relations between religions. Locally, the Interfaith Amigos — a pastor, a rabbi and a sheikh — have joined to open a dialogue. They believe that open conversation between different faiths encourages tolerance, understanding and progress toward peace. How did their dialogue begin? How do they work together? Today we take a look at different faiths — the commonalities, the differences — and where the religions meet in the middle. The "Three Interfaith Amigos"—Jamal Rahman, Rabbi Ted Falcon, and Pastor Don Mackenzie—join us.
"Peaceful Coexistence" radio program, 90.1 KPFT The Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance at Rice University Houston, TX Click here for Boniuk Web site
April 17, 2009, radio program hosted by Dr. Jill Carroll and Kym King. First part of the program is an interview with Liz Budd Ellman of Spiritual Directors International. Jamal is interviewed in the second half of the one-hour program.
Weekday on KUOW 94.9 "Exploring Ecumenism with the Three Interfaith Amigos" First aired 3/19/2009 54 min., 25MB
For many people, September 11 renewed a desire to understand different religions. Across the U.S., interfaith communities and activities are expanding. Some people believe that all faiths flow out of the same source. Others believe religions are distinctly different, and lines shouldn't be blurred. What is the value of different religions working together? Does it muddy the waters too much? Are these efforts at unity and understanding the future of faith? The "Three Interfaith Amigos"—Jamal Rahman, Rabbi Ted Falcon, and Pastor Don Mackenzie—join us.
Click on this link for Karen Armstrong interview on Bill Moyers Journal on PBS, program on March 13, 2009, mentioned during KUOW discussion. You can view video or listen to audio.
Karen Armstrong has dedicated her life to the study of religion—both from inside the walls of a convent during her seven years as a Catholic nun and as a author of books on the world's faiths from Islam to Buddhism and a best-selling History of God. Her examination of the commonalities of the world's faiths has brought Karen Armstrong to her current project: the Charter for Compassion. Click here for more information.
Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008
44 min., 10 MB Jamal speaks on creating cultures of peace, justice and healing for the earth and all living beings. Meditation follows talk, 7 min.