April 2, 2017
The Light in our Being, Rev. Masud Ibn Syedullah, Special Guest
Rev. Masud Ibn Syedullah, a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, is one of the founding members of what is now the Episcopal-Muslim Relations Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Established in 1991, the EMRC promotes and enables communication, understanding, mutual respect and cooperation between the Episcopal and Muslim communities of the Greater New York area. Father Syedullah was in Omaha as part of the Tri-Faith Sacred Prism Prayer Retreat which was part of Roots & Branches: Programs for Spiritual Growth which provides an array of conferences, retreats, pilgrimages, and classes designed to offer guidance to those who seek to be more rooted in The Source, that they might be more fully themselves and offer Life-giving service to others. The Sacred Prism project seeks to build interfaith appreciation and understanding through the experience of prayer, music and scripture.
An African-American born into a family with a Christian mother and a Muslim father, Father Syedullah has developed a keen awareness of and sensitivity for interfaith concerns. Much of his ministry involves bridge building among people of different faith traditions, and helping Christians to understand their call to be in positive relationship with people of other faiths.
A member of the Third Order, Society of Saint Francis, an Anglican Christian community inspired by the life and witness of St. Francis of Assisi, his ministry emphasizes themes of reconciliation, peace-making, social justice, and respect for all of God’s creation.
NOTE: There are no written notes for this week’s sermon.