Interfaith Communities United for Peace and Justice in Los Angeles

March 23, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times,0,5305794.column

On March 23, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "they've been gathering every Friday morning at 7 o'clock since Sept. 11, 2001, trying to keep the world from unraveling... Muslim and Jew, Hindu and Christian, Buddhist and Sufi, one of these and one of those. It's a Los Angeles crowd, for sure, and a nice idea... Love, peace, common ground... this flock of clergy and scattered spirits, calling itself the Interfaith Communities United for Peace and Justice, meeting in church basements just past dawn. Up to 40 of them sit in a circle to hash out differences as a symbol of what's possible, even as the clash of civilizations proceeds... 'The history of religion is, how do you ... find common ground,' [Rev. George Regas, rector emeritus of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena] said as more than a hundred people carried protest signs, even as dozens of Pakistanis and Saudi Arabians waited in line to re-register with Immigration and Naturalization or face deportation."