Yesterday I have a simply marvelous time with with great group of teenagers at a suburban high school outside San Antonio. They sponsored an Imagine Peace Day to learn to be peace activists in their lives. There was a great keynote speaker and we had lunch and then went to break out sessions
I was working “The God Squad”; my friend Barbie, a Jew, and I, a Muslima, talked about the similarities and differences amongst Christians (as most of the kids were Christian), Jews, and Muslims. We gave them a handout that had 10 statements about religious practices and history and asked them to tell if the statement identified one or more of the religions. They kids were really surprised to learned that Jesus is such a prominent figure in the Quran, that Christians and Muslims (and Jews) have a lot in common.
We had a lot of really good questions from the kids as well. They really are up on current events and the things that are said about Muslims and the Quran, They were the most open and engaging group of young people that I have been with in a long time. Barbie and I enjoyed our time with the kids and wish we could do more to promote religious tolerance and understanding within our own communities and other communities.
A great thanks goes out to the Scherzt-Cibolob-Universal City school district for inviting us to their Imagine Peace 2011 Day this year and if they want us, we’ll be back next year.