Over-The-Rhine International Film Festival- Interfaith Breakfast

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On Sept 27th, The Over-the-Rhine Film Festival celebrated our cities rich diversity of faith’s in an Interfaith Breakfast. it was a coming together of faiths and cultures to share stories that celebrate the Human Spirit, as well as raise awareness of relevant issues facing our community. The films were intended to open our hearts and minds to the disabled and often ignored or disadvantaged. The all-inspiring keynote speaker, Michigan State Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein shared his experiences being blind and his reflection on his wisdom and perseverance in creating a better community. His persistence in finding justice was a message to the religious community. As our city changes and grows in new dimensions, we must be vigilant to the needs and the voice crying out for help.


Mary in the Abrahamic Religions

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The WINC’s, or Women’s Interfaith Network of Northern Cincinnati Suburbs group, hosted “Mary in the Abrahamic Faiths” on October 8th. This talented and friendship seeking group of women have been meeting for several years sharing their faith stories, religious practices, visiting each others places of worship, participating in prayer services, celebrating cultural events and working together for those in need. As they are able to share their faiths, they discovered a common woman of strength, courage and deep faith in God. Her name is Mary or Miriam from the Abrahamic Religions. The scriptures each tell a different story, but the same truths are prevalent. The stories of Mary and Miriam in each of the Hebrew, Christian, Muslim, and Baha’i sacred scriptures describe woman with a passionate heart, always putting God first in her life even when it meant she could be expelled from her own community. Some faiths describe her as a great prophet, others a beautiful creature of God, others describe her as the Mother to us all. This woman of ancient times seeks truth and justice. Her strength is unbreakable to the cultural norms or to the persecution of her people. Her heart is honest and compassionate. She knows the poor and the oppressed. She desires freedom and equality. She magnify’s God’s greatness to the world to through her words and actions. Mary and Miriam exemplify a truth, the reality of God’s grace.