Interfaith peace

03/08/10 Doris Norrito
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About 150 women of all faiths assembled today to worship together for world peace. The common message expressed in song and dance was, 'let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me'. Representatives of Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths read from the scriptures of each holy book the message of peace as expressed by prophets.

Ann Goldman, a Jew, read from Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament. Pilar Saad, a Muslim, read from the Koran.

Sister Anne Dougherty showed an astronaut’s moon-view picture of the earth. "It’s beauty and fragility are in our hands," she said.

The service was co-sponsored by Bridge Builders, a 4-year-old South Tampa organization, and Women of Faith, a North Tampa organization. The two groups share common goals and unite to share events focused on bringing peace to the community and to the world.

Following the service, women of three faiths spoke: Esther is Christian, Farmida spoke for Muslims and Rev Debbie Moss represented Unity of Tampa.

The mission of these organizations is to create a space where trust, safety and openness for women of faith can build relationships and share wisdom. Lizbeth Cohn, who is Jewish, and Pilar Saad, a Muslim, found common goals.

Bridge Builders and Women of Faith invite all women to attend their meetings, and to join the next year’s Women’s Interfaith Service for Peace, at Congregation Schaarai Zedek.

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