Hi to those in Vancouver-
FYI- I sent the following to the Beaverton discussion group. ?You are also invited if you'd like to attend.
Hi to those in the Westside Science and Religion Discussion Group,
Our next topic on Mon. Jan. 17th is ?Thoughts on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict .? Click here for all the details:http://tinyurl.com/38hepyn
The reason why we have this topic is because it was suggested by our Muslim presenter, Mohammad Rahman. He has been our regular presenter for the Islamic faith, but this will be his last event. Going forward, we will see if we can replace his slot with a Rabbi, to represent the Jewish faith. So this may be the last time in our series to meet him and his congregation, so you may want to take advantage of that. I have worked with him for years on various interfaith projects, and I?m sure our paths will meet again.
On this topic about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, you may be asking yourself ?why should I attend this? I don?t have any answers or even know much of the situation?? So let me give a suggestion. It could be good to attend just to learn more about how people feel about this. I think Muslims, particularly, are upset with how the (mostly) Muslim Palestinians are treated by the Israelis, and some of this you can only learn first-hand by dialoguing with them. (By the way, there are also Christian Palestinians that also feel like they are being abused by Israel).
And rather than being focused on a specific solution, I think it is an important discussion about how we should seek a solution (choosing a method to pursue). Is it a matter of simple fairness and reason, or should prophecy and Holy Books be consulted? And how could religion even play a part when each religion even has its own internal conflict over how to best resolve all of this?
This note is posted at the discussion board here, in case you?d like to comment on it:http://tinyurl.com/2433t24