I work with the Network of Spiritual Progressives (affiliated with Tikkun Magazine) - a spiritually oriented progressive political group whose members include people from a variety of religious and spiritual traditions. On Sunday, 06 Aug 2006, we held an interfaith gathering in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Pray for Peace in the Middle East. During the course of the four hours we were there, about 80 people - Jews, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, and others - came to share their pain, prayers, and hope regarding the violence, and the possibility of peace, in Lebanon, Palestine, and Israel.
Early on in the event, I sang a song that I wrote in 1978, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of both the founding of the Jewish state of Israel, and the Palestinian naqba ("catastrophe") of dispersion and exile [See blog entry, "Land in the Middle"].
A Buddhist nun responds to my Israel/Palestine peace song, "Land in the Middle" (see my blog, 21 Aug 2008).
Our tree shrine in the foreground.