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Ann Holmes Redding to speak at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

What do you think? (1 Comment) October 29, 2010 at 4:01PM

Ann Holmes Redding is speaking on “What is Our Piece of the Peace?” on Monday, Nov. 15, 2010 at 7 p.m., at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (111 NE 80th St).  All are welcome.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church | Photo credit: Peter Strimer

Ann Holmes Redding is a minister and author.  In 2006, she founded Abrahamic Reunion West, which her website describes as “committed to healing the Abrahamic family’s global dysfunction.” Her engagement with Islam led to Ann’s defrocking after 25 years as an Episcopal priest.

Ann is co-author of Out of Darkness, Into Light: Spiritual Guidance in the Quran with Reflections from Jewish and Christian Sources.  Her article “The People of God and the Peoples of the Earth” was published in The Peoples’ Companion to the Bible.

“Ann is one of the finest preachers I’ve ever heard,” Catherine Kovell of St. Andrew’s told us.  “Her spirituality transcends organized religion and can appeal to just about anyone.”

The event flier reads:

If both Muslim and Christian can co-exist within one person, then Ann’s experience suggests human beings are able not merely to exist together, but to cooperate and thrive.  We can join together to become the beloved community and work together to cherish our shared home. Though our human communion is broken into pieces, because God is one, we are all one.  We can make the decision to act as one, working to unravel the lies that tell us the contrary. We must search our traditions for the pieces of that truth and bring those pieces together—our pieces of the peace.

Come hear Ann address some of the burning issues of our time and receive her inspiration to face and overcome them.

Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets.  They are $12 in advance and $8 for students, seniors, or low-income people.

One Response to “Ann Holmes Redding to speak at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church”

  1. R.A.F.D says:

    I Respect Ms. Redding very much and I believe that her intentions are genuine. However, one CANNOT TRULY be a Christian and TRULY be a Muslim at the same time. Here is why… First of all, the CORE doctrine of Christianity is that Jesus is God. Not a seperate entity from God, not a Prophet, but GOD. Christians believe that Jesus died and rose from the dead. Only God could rise himself from the Grave (without medical assistance and modern medical advancements). The Episcopal Church in Particular takes a Real Presence stance on the Eucharist, or Communion (Lords supper). This means that because The Episcopal Church IS a Christian Church, and a liturgical and Sacramental Church, they believe that Not Only is Jesus God, but that in Holy Communion, the Bread and Wine are no longer just Bread and Wine, but that they in fact, in some form Actually BECOME the REAL PRESENCE of JESUS CHRIST-GOD.
    The Muslim Faith finds this Absolutely ABHORANT and COMPLETELY refutes ANY belief that Jesus is Divine in ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM! This includes Denying the Ressurection as well as the Real Presence in Communion, as well as the Trinity, (which they view to be a paganistic doctrine). Muslims believe that Jesus was a prophet… and Not even the Greatest Prophet.. They believe Mohammed was the Greatest prophet… and that Jesus was a Minor Prophet! I respect the Muslim faith, I myself am not Muslim and have no intention of ever becoming Muslim… But the Point I am making is that… both Muslims and Christians alike can agree on one thing… You cannot be a Christian and a Muslim… You cannot have your cake and eat it too. I do not doubt that Ms. Redding is a Brilliant woman and a deeply spiritual person, and probably an extraordinary preacher… but on this she is incorrect. This doesnt make her bad, or hellbound… it just makes her incorrect.
    Religion is a Journey, and often times on that Journey we surprisingly decide to vear off on a new path. However, that being said… You cannot walk on two paths going in different directions at the same time… it is impossible. Being a Christian Means that You accept Jesus as God. Being a Muslim means that you accept Mohammed as the Highest of Prophets and Allah as The One True God. This Means that Muslims DO NOT believe in the Holy Spirit (which Christians believe in). This also means that Muslims COMPLETELY REJECT CHRIST’S DIVINITY. One Can Appreciate Islam for the spiritual value that it retains, and perhaps even worship in mosque from time to time and retain certain spiritual rituals… but you cannot Truly be Both. However, there are some things that are ‘One or the Other”. An example being, that a person cannot be ‘a little pregnant” A person is either Pregnant, or Not! Another example would be, Life. One is either Alive, or is Dead. You cant be both Alive and Dead at the Same time… it is Impossible. Some things are a One or the Other.
    It’s unfair to both religions to claim that one is both because one cannot Truly devote themself fully to either of these faiths. If a person chooses not to Believe that Jesus is Lord and instead accepts Mohammed as the Highest of Prophets, then Good Luck in their new Spiritual Journey..AS A MUSLIM. But If a person Still believes Jesus is Divine, and Still believes in the Holy Spirit… then they are still a Christian.
    It is only fair to make a Final Choice. Fair to ones self, Fair to ones Faith Community (whichever that may ultimately be) and Most Importantly, Fair to God.
    I Truly Wish her Many Blessings in Whichever Faith She truly Decides to Fully Devote herself too, and I wish her the best on her New Spiritual Journey.