Dear friends in the URI community,
This week, our Jewish and Muslim sisters and brothers celebrate the coming of a new year in each of their traditions. These celebrations remind us of the common ground we all share. As we celebrate what makes our traditions unique, we also celebrate our connections as we honor the spirituality that flows from the deepest places of our humanity and faith.
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, invites us to reflect on our actions over the past year. It invites us to consider what changes we might make in our lives to more fully inhabit our relationships with each other and with the principles that sustain our lives. The beginning of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar, invites us to reflect upon the sacred journey of our lives, using fasting and prayer to focus on those things that bring meaning to our lives and to those around us.
We are all blessed by the coming of a new year, and by the teachings from Jewish and Muslim traditions that enrich us all. Happy New Year.
The Rev. Victor H. Kazanjian Jr.
United Religions Initiative