Amicable Church kicks off interfaith conversation
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.