Addressing the Unique Needs of American Converts to Islam
We at Interfaith Horizons have developed a holistic curriculum for local religious groups and faith communities to assist in deepening and expanding multi-faith practice. We offer courses of varying lengths, both online and in person, for individuals and groups.
Our foundational piece is Religiological Reflection, a coherent systematic method for both knowing ourselves and knowing the other, developed by Dr. Alan Godlas of the University of Georgia,
Our approach (ABC) engages:
We always try to do these things in the the context of CCF - Community, Creativity and Fun!
In today's world where divisions of religions, cultures, politics, tribes, race and/or ethnicity, and sexual orientation threaten the balance of civic life and promote suspicion, hatred and violence, we feel it is a spiritual imperative of religions to lead the way in compassionate respect for each other, and while acknowledging our differences, to come together in positive ways to proclaim the ultimate unity taught at the core of all the great traditions.
Interfaith practice leads us on the wild and wonderful journey of knowing ourselves and one another more deeply. Workshops and courses are listed below. Contact us for more information.
I. Religiological Reflection
Religiological Refection is an exciting and thought provoking way of examining our faith:
what we rely on as true,
who God is and how God relates to us,
what are we as human beings, our culture, our psychology,
what is creation and the cosmos, how do we relate to that,
what is our purpose in life and what do we do to attain that purpose.
Participants will walk through their own reflections on these questions and then interview others. For interfaith practice the results are amazing. Not only do individuals learn about themselves and their faith, the communities of faith learn about each others. From this experiential process, the road to deepen and expand local interfaith understanding and actions emerges in a practical and creative way.
II. Emotional Intelligence for the Interfaith/ Multifaith Intercultural World
Emotional Intelligence is studied and cultivated in the development of leadership and the strengthening of teams in the workplace. It is used by coaches and counselors, by pastoral care persons, religious institutions and in families. Here in an interfaith and/or intercultural setting it is a bridge between religiological understanding of self and other, and the powerful listening and responding skills introduced in the Interfaith Communication Skills workshop. Emotional intelligence is a set of skills that allow us to know our own emotions, understand them, manage them, use them in a positive manner. Emotional Intelligence cultivates empathy and the ability to step out of the comfort zone. It also helps us to know, understand others, and successfully develop working teams.
III. Interfaith Communication Skills
This lively experiential unit focuses on developing interfaith rapport through self knowledge, understanding your own bias, and developing increased communication skills of listening, clarifying, pacing and responding, It addresses cross cultural communication issues, and language that supports or hinders communication
IV. Interfaith Action on the Local Level
The Religiological Reflection frequently highlights shared values such as hospitality to the stranger, care for the sick, the elderly, the homeless, the poor, the hungry, the imprisoned, as well as areas of justice and peace making. These areas of service to the greater local community when done in interfaith partnership deepen interfaith practice and witness core values of faith and cooperation to the greater community. Interfaith Horizons is available to interfaith communities to facilitate the path forward as the communities discerns. We are also now developing an interfaith curriculum focused on faith perspectives in environmental justice to assist communities in identifying shared values and local needs.
V. Liturgy and Interfaith/ Multifaith Prayer
How do you create an interfaith prayer service that actually allows people to enter prayer space together, a liturgy of union before the divine that is more than a token event? What are the Do's and Don't 's of Interfaith Prayer and Liturgy? This course leads the group through a discussion of general forms of cross cultural prayer that serve as a containers capable of holding multiple traditions, and that generally allow individuals of differing traditions to experience prayer together. Participants will create a prayer service and critique it.