Amicable Church kicks off interfaith conversation

Posted

TIVERTON — The Amicable Church in Tiverton has begun a several month endeavor to enhance communications between different faiths.

It began last Sunday, Sept. 30, with a visit to the church by Imam Farid Ansari, a Muslim cleric in Providence, who delivered a sermon about the reading of the Quran as prayer.

"Quran" is the Arabic spelling of "Koran," which the computer dictionary defines as "the Islamic sacred book, believed to be the word of God as dictated to Muhammad by the archangel Gabriel and written down in Arabic. The Koran consists of 114 units of varying lengths, known as suras; the first sura is said as part of the ritual prayer. These touch upon all aspects of human existence, including matters of doctrine, social organization, and legislation."

In its cross-faith initiative, Amicable will be using "elements of our worship service" at least monthly over the next several months "to listen to other voices," said Rev. William Sterrett, the church's pastor.

"I don't believe Christianity is the only path," Rev. Sterrett said. He has entitled the series as, "Faiths Converse."

On Sunday, Oct. 21 Rabbi Rick Perlman of Warwick will speak during the Amicable Church worship service about music in the synagogue. Rev. Sterrett said the role of music in worship "is to set the tone and give us instruction."

On Sunday, Nov. 25, Rev. Sterrett said a representative from the Buddhist faith will speak to the Amicable congregation.

The series will start the New Year on Sunday, Jan. 13, with Swami Yogatmananda, Minister and President of the Vedanta Society of Providence, speaking with the congregation.

Comments

1 comment on this story | Please log in to comment by clicking here
Please log in or register to add your comment
lance_macthrust

That sounds like an all-around bad idea. Remind us again which "religion's" followers regularly behead people?

Monday, October 1, 2012 | Report this

2016 by East Bay Newspapers

Barrington · Bristol · East Providence · Little Compton · Portsmouth · Prudence Island · Riverside · Rumford · Seekonk · Tiverton · Warren · Westport
Meet our staff
Jim McGaw

A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.