Convergence of Christian, Jewish, Muslim Holy Days Creates Context for Interfaith Collaboration

October 18, 2005

Source: U.S. Department of State

On October 18, 2005 U.S. Department of State reported, "The rare confluence of Muslim, Jewish and Christian holy holidays during October and November this year is encouraging interfaith gatherings across the United States... American Muslims and Jews are taking advantage of this coincidence of their holy months to arrange interfaith gatherings across the United States... Muslim and Jewish students at Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, got together to share a traditional evening meal and pray when Ramadan began in some parts of the world on the evening of October 3, coinciding with Rosh Hashanah... At the University of Missouri in Columbia, the Jewish students’ organization Boone Tikkun and the Muslim Students Organization shared a potluck dinner on October 6... On October 13, the day of Yom Kippur, the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, hosted an evening vegetarian meal sponsored by Serving the One, an interfaith community group... On October 15 in Cleveland, Ohio, the Ershad Institute of the Iranian Shi’ite community hosted an interfaith program all day at the Bedford Christian Church of the Disciples of Christ."