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8072433303_dfced8ffee_o#WIHW2016 – World Interfaith Harmony Week 2016

Today is the first day of World Interfaith Harmony Week 2016, an initiative first proposed by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan, based on the pioneering work of The Common World Initiative, and adopted by the U.N. in 2010.

Mindworks Publishing will be commemorating the week with Words of Light, a seven day blog event highlighting poetry that expresses elements of interfaith harmony, and through showcasing some of the poetry featured in our interfaith publication, The Muslimah Speaks: Her Voice, Her Spirit. Our first post opens with a collaborative poem written by sisters-in-law Elizabeth and Kate Lymer, one Muslim, one Christian. A beautiful reminder and demonstration of interfaith harmony.


 

Over Kiln and Kin

 

Our differences aren’t sharp

Like terror cutter headlines.

Our differences are conversation starters.

 

Our similarities are long

And we stretch to give support.

Our similarities are mutual sustainers.

 

The word that flows between us

Is a cooling, warming wellspring.

It leaves us whet for more,

Shaped for change –

Moved to provide renewed support.

 

Sometimes we’re warm women.

We bake cakes,

Pour tea,

Flow word.

 

Sometimes we’re cool mothers.

We play games,

Sing songs,

Raise peace.

 

Always, we’re true sisters.

We make mistakes,

Forgive them,

Support good.

 

We say, we believe.

Those words sound blunt to some

But we hear the tones as One.

 

Our harmonies are not sharp

Like terror cutter headlines.

Our harmonies are a bed of stones.

Smoothed.

Supported.

Supportive.

 

We’re too busy shaping up to be cut down.

 

Elizabeth and Kate Lymer are sisters-in-law who grew up in rural Wales, home to delicious bakestone cakes. One woman is Muslim and one is Christian. As aunts and mothers, they mutually enjoy finding and discussing religious children’s books as gifts to nurture the spiritual growth of all the young cousins.

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