A rabbi, an imam and a pastor walk onto a stage… (The Economist)

After nearly 17 years on the road, the Interfaith Amigos are a trio (an imam, a rabbi and a Christian pastor, to be precise) who know quite a bit about America’s religious scene. Based in Seattle, they have given hundreds of presentations to audiences across the United States, as well as Canada, Japan and the Middle East. With a mixture of exhortation, stimulation and humour, they urge people to think differently about religions, their own and that of others.

It started in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks, when Rabbi Ted Falcon invited Jamal Rahman, an imam who practices Sufism, to join a Jewish Shabbat service, “because people had to see a different face of Islam.” Then they were joined by the Reverend Don MacKenzie, a Protestant minister, and they became a kind of travelling treble act.

Sometimes they are heckled or challenged aggressively; a bit more often they receive messages of protest after their act. But mostly their message is well received (admittedly from a self-selecting category of people who are open to such things) and Rabbi Falcon says the need they respond to seems more acute than ever.

Click here to read the full article!