SR is a place where to welcome and be hosted at the same time. What has been important for me was getting to know my SR colleagues more than their opinion. What we share when we enter the SR room is the text which is in front of us. That means that I do my best to read it with the other group members, to think about it with them, to benefit from the other’s reading of it – all without thinking that we have to come to a common understanding.
Rose Aslan, PhD candidate in Islamic Studies at the University of North Carolina, immersed herself in Scriptural Reasoning for three weeks at the Cambridge Inter-faith Programme Summer School. Here she writes about her experience for the Huffington Post.
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Prophet Abraham’s first prayer was “Oh Allah! Make this world a dwelling of peace”. I believe SR has given us the tools to make this possible or at least keep alive the hope that we can learn to embrace each other with enough dedication and sincerity.
Scriptural Reasoning is a good platform to understand each other and improve mutual respect and understanding among different traditions. I felt it was an interesting and fruitful experience, especially given the tensions between these three faiths in the past. SR provides the opportunity to bring Jews, Muslims and Christians together on the same table, talking to one another, teaching one another and allowing one another to be more faithful to their own traditions and to collective peace and integrity, and most of all through their most sacred texts.