Visiting St. Mary's Orthodox Church in Livonia on Easter anniversary was an opportunity to enhance our interfaith understanding!
Ambassador Dr. Ali Ajami, our Khollan Al-Wafaa, Shaikh Hassan and I visited one of our best Interfath friend, Fr. Shalhoub the leader of St. Marry church in Livonia.
We did this after honoring the anniversary of Qana and also the victims of yesterday criminal terrorist tragedy in Syria in a memorial service in Dearborn!
Fr. Shalhoub is known as a great voice of wisdom, justice and human rights in our clergy community. Both the Fr. and his assistants and his congregation members warmly welcomed us and gave us an orientation about the artwork of their facility and the religious history behind it.
I told Fr. Shalhoub and his congregation that in this messy world, full of death, destruction, murder and corruption the concept of Easter is a reminder of life and resurrection, regardless of our theological differences on this Christian faith doctrine!
We need to promote the value of life and necessity of a global spiritual resurrection!
That should happen through fostering the culture of love, peace, forgiveness, friendship and reconciliation, not warmongering, fear, violence and hatred!
It's a blessing to be able to strengthen the gift of diversity in a world of division, darkness and destruction!
During the Islamic Hose of Wisdom dinner on April 30, we will listen to a great Christian pastor and professor who will fly all the way from Virginia to Detroit to speak about the love and sacrifice of imam Hussein for freedom, justice and peace in the world!