Saturday- The day began with a session entitled “Kill Them (Qur’an), Do Not Spare Them (Torah), and Cast Them Into Everlasting Fire (New Testament): Context of Difficult Religious Texts” with Karen Armstrong, Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, and Jonathan Brown. All three spoke of how their religious traditions dealt with violence in their sacred texts. “Every generation is equidistant from God” said Brown; every generation has to look at scripture and tradition and it’s current situation and choose for itself how to live.
In the evening we gathered for the evening plenary on “War, Violence and Hate Speech,” with Alan Boesak, Karen Armstrong, Tariq Ramadan, John Esposito, Medea Benjamin, Jane Goodall, and more. What a day!
Lest you think that a day bookended by a discussion of toxic sacred texts and examination of war and violence was all grim and ugly, I also:
A full day, by any measure!
This is the archive for the Bay Area Interfaith Connect, the former newsletter for the Interfaith Center at the Presidio .