“What a joy to have a space where people can think differently but love the same” – These were the words of Rev. Nima Taylor, minister of the Cape Town Unitarians as she reflected on the mornings Sacred Connections. The morning began with lighting the Chalice, which for the Unitarians, the flaming chalice represents the light of truth, the fire of compassion and the commitment to and the warm embrace of community.
From here, four different speakers, representing Islam, Judaism and Christianity, had been invited to reflect on the question of ‘What do you love about your religion’.
Sheikh Ismail Keraan spoke about the collective and communal consciousness and ethos of working together and caring for society during the holy month of Ramadan; a time that builds social cohesion, displayed through the values of patience and commitment, leading to the development of empathy and love.
Dr Leonard Suransky reflected on the importance of family, charity and the wonderful sharing of Shabbat in the Jewish faith.
And Thuli Mjwara and Rev Michelle Boonzaaier from Inclusive and Affirming Ministries, spoke to the importance of inclusion in Christianity; sharing their own stories of their faith and ever-moving journeys with God.
It’s honest and heartfelt sharings like these that bring us together in an expression of our common humanity and love for the sacred. Thank you to everyone who attended, and to our wonderful hosts, Rev Nima Taylor and the Cape Town Unitarian Community. Our next Sacred Connections will be at the Novalis Ubuntu Institute on the 28th April!