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Joining and belonging

Joining and belonging

I had gone with Ahmed to his Sufi group a couple of times, and this time there was an initiation rite for several new disciples. The initiation rites followed the…

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Sharing our stories

Sharing our stories

It all started with my involvement in a cooking group which is part of the offer from our local church community centre situated in the multi faith area of the…

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Miracles, healings and God

Miracles, healings and God

I once went with a group of students to the shrine of Sufi Qamar Ali Darvesh at Shivapur, a village near Pune in India. We watched the phenomenon of the levitating…

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Insecurity and security

Insecurity and security

Miriam had her baby and decided to keep her. For a time she lived in a home for women who were single mothers as her family refused to see her or…

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Thinking about face

Thinking about face

I vividly remember the first time I became personally aware of the concept of ‘face’—which I now know to be linked with ‘shame.’ I was 18, teaching night classes to…

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Understanding salvation

Understanding salvation

A conversation with a Muslim friend sharpened the meaning of salvation for me in relation to these worldview themes. I asked him for his views of salvation. This is his…

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Hospitality: Being a good guest

Hospitality: Being a good guest

On one occasion I was visiting the family of one of the girls from the college hostels where I worked. They were a well-off family who owned their own hospital…

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Jesus Victory

Jesus Victory

In Saudi Arabia I was once the guest for dinner of a Christian Pakistani couple and their two small children. They had lived in Riyadh, the capital, for several years…

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Cleaning and purity

My first 'ah-ha' moment related to what purity means for my local friends in Indonesia was when a neighbour's child messed on the floor in my house. After the mother…

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