By GARY STERN
THE JOURNAL NEWS
(Original publication: June 7, 2007)
WHITE PLAINS – The Faith Club started small, uncertain, frightened.
Its three members – one Jew, one Christian, one Muslim – had shaky holds on their own faiths (and mostly apprehension about the other two).
But they were living in the post-9/11 world and pushed on, writing a book about their awkward and rewarding relationships – a flesh-and-blood example of what interfaith understanding means. They called the book “The Faith Club.”
And now the club grows, town by town, city by city, as its three original members travel the country to talk about their lives and sign their books. Yesterday, they came to the YWCA in White Plains to address the Westchester-based American Muslim Women’s Association, a group that also formed in the months after 9/11.
They described a journey that many could relate to, starting from pretty much nowhere.
“It was news to me that Muslims trace their ancestry to Abraham, as Jews and Christians do,” said Suzanne Oliver of New York City, the Christian member.