The A.R.E. provides education, inspiration and action to promote inter-religious harmony in our multi-faith society. We are non-political and respect all faiths and spiritual paths equally. We also acknowledge those, such as Humanists who play a vital role in bringing peace. To raise funds for our work we have just opened a shop selling gifts associated with peace and interfaith harmony, see www.peacegifts.shop
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The A.R.E. demonstrates ways in which different faiths can and are working together to promote interfaith harmony. This includes presentations at schools, universities, places of worship, and private homes. We place special emphasis on our presentations and workshops at prisons. When Abrahamic Reunion’s international spokespersons, Rev David and Dr Anna Less, visited the UK May 2017, they were interviewed by BBC Radio 2. Listen to the Good Morning Sunday interview.
We may know who we are, or we may not
We may be Muslims Christians or Jews
But until our heart becomes the mould for every other heart
We will only see differences
RumiThere is a light in this world: a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometimes lose sight of this force when there is suffering, too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people, who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.– Richard Attenborough
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A Universal Unity Initiative Event at St Ethelburga’s Centre For Peace & Reconciliation, London.
David Less, Chairman of the Abrahamic Reunion Board, speaking after a concert organised by Abrahamic Reunion England at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in London. Also speaking were Sheikh Ghassan Manasra and Dr. Ann Less.
You can listen to their talk below.
This was the third speaking tour to the UK that The Abrahamic …
Abrahamic Reunion – an introduction
This video summarises the work of the Abrahamic Reunion through interviews with International Director Sheikh Ghassan Manasra, Co-Founder Rodef Shalom Eliyahu McLean, Co-Founder & Executive Director Dr. Anna Less, Co-Founder David Less, member Maher Abu Rami, and footage from multi-faith peacebuilding events.
Limmud Conference in Birmingham, UK
Rabbi Mordechai Zeller, Sheikh Ghassan Manasra and Rabbi Michael Hilton
Sheikh Ghassan Manasra and Rabbi Mordechai Zeller
Sheikh Ghassan Manasra and Rabbi Michael Hilton (Part 1).
Sheikh Ghassan Manasra and Rabbi Michael Hilton.
Sheikh Ghassan Manasra and Rabbi Mordechai Zeller (Part 1).
Sheikh Ghassan Manasra and Rabbi Mordechai Zeller (Part 2).
S Nadeem Kazmi, Human Rights Advocate and Humanitarian Consultant.
The Abrahamic Reunion stands out as a reminder that we are of one unified origin. In celebrating our human diversity, inter-connectedness and interdependence we are ‘reunited’ in facing common challenges as one family. I celebrate your achievements and congratulate your work.
Dr Jenny Goodman, medical doctor and psychotherapist.
I find myself totally inspired by the work of the Abrahamic Reunion. In a darkening world, they are lighting the way to peace and understanding, and showing us all that the impossible is in fact possible.
The work of the Abrahamic Reunion was never more needed than now. Remember the Alexandria Declaration which united the three great faiths, to demand ceasefires and genuine negotiations for a comprehensive peace. Public opinion on all sides must be mobilized for this purpose.
“I love the Abrahamic Reunion and the Peace Gifts Shop.” “All the faiths in communion, eating at the same table. This is a dinner that Rumi would love to attend.”
“This is noble work and the Abrahamic Reunion has the ambitious goal of peace between all religions. May their work continue to spread the message of harmony in a world that is so much in need of it”
How it all began
In 2004, a group of spiritual leaders in Israel from the Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Druze faiths founded The Abrahamic Reunion to promote inter-religious harmony. They work by using interfaith dialogue, praying together, visiting each other’s places of worship, celebrating each other’s festivals and dining together. The Abrahamic Reunion is non political and believes that harmony between different groups is best achieved by first achieving harmony between individuals.
Inspired by their vision, after a tour of their peacemaking activities in Israel, we set up Abrahamic Reunion England. We act independently to promote interfaith harmony in our society. We often invite founder members of the Abrahamic Reunion to England, to give presentations and trainings that are ideally suited for the UK, under the auspices of our Universal Unity Initiative programmes. View the Abrahamic Reunion England Powerpoint.
View a delightful video of a Abrahamic Reunion get together https://vimeo.com/250494849/2e0f4805f2
Also watch a conference held at CCPE “The Jewish and Muslims Paths to Personal Transformation” with Nigel Hamilton, Rabbi Danny Newman and Sheikh Ghassan Manasra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUYV7hfoz5A
We believe that we all have the potential to be prejudiced against those who are from a different group or culture, especially if we don’t know them. We can all have a major effect in bringing harmony and friendship between different faiths by learning about each other’s religions, meeting members of other faiths and celebrating our differences and similarities. We also believe that all spiritual paths in essence teach peace and friendship.
If we know people from other faiths and backgrounds we will be more open to them, less prejudiced and treat them with compassion and friendship. Building bonds with other community members is an essential part of the process of creating peace and harmony with other communities. However what clear evidence is there for this beyond our own common sense, what research has taken place?
“The Abrahamic Reunion functions as a bridge between the divides created by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Using interfaith engagement as its method, the Abrahamic Reunion models that friendship across national, ethnic and religious lines is not only possible, but can be meaningful and successful. In a climate of ignorance, hate and violence, the Abrahamic Reunion provides an outlet for peace that impacts the experience of citizens and transforms individual understanding of the other”.
Analysis of Strides for Peace in the Israeli-
Palestinian Conflict with the Application of
Theories by Butler and Buber
Rebecca Katherine Buchanan
Research showing that the methods used by the Abrahamic Reunion are successful in reducing prejudice………………