Interfaith Conversations

St. Luke’s Interfaith Conversations provide a safe space to listen to and learn from leaders and people of other spiritual/faith traditions. These evenings foster conversation, celebrate our differences, and develop tools to strengthen the whole. 

June 14, 2017

Traveling Day Society

The Traveling Day Society will provide an evening of Native music, chant, and storytelling.

The Traveling Day Society is dedicated to supporting those at the crossing point in their Spirit Journey from the physical world to the Spirit World. We are an inter-tribal and multi-cultural blend of musicians using the voices of the Drum, the Native American Flute, and other traditional instruments to create a prayerful and respectful environment to help enhance a peaceful “crossing.” The Traveling Day Society works closely with hospital Spiritual Care professionals as well as the Hospice Community to provide our services when requested.

June 7, 2017

Ray Kingfisher

Ray Kingfisher will share the Message of the Water Protectors, as well as Native Culture and Way of Life.

Ray is an American Indian community activist from the Northern Cheyenne tribe of Montana. He was first exposed to civil disobedience at the age of 15, during the Bureau of Indian Affairs Takeover. The former owner of the American Indian Entertainment & Dance Co, Ray is an active participant in Native song, dance, and lifestyle. He also served as a supply runner and occupant at Oceti Sakowin Resistance Camp at Standing Rock, North Dakota from September 2016 to February 2017.

May 20, 2017

Eat With Muslims

Eat With Muslims is a program where we sit down to a Middle Eastern dinner and share dialogue and stories from each other’s perspectives. We will meet downstairs in the Guild Hall. The only thing you need to bring is yourself.

Ms. Absie is a Somali writer and filmmaker. She has been featured on PBS programs, advocating for community dialogue and understanding. “We eat together and share stories because, as Will Rogers once said, ‘A stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet.’”

Ms. Aden is a Somali-American who has studied Economics and African Studies at the University of Washington, and who has recently finished law school at American University. She has advocated for immigrants and asylum seekers from all different backgrounds.

March 29, 2017

Dr. Ann Holmes Redding

Anne Holmes Redding is a former Episcopal priest, who was defrocked in April 2009 for having become a Muslim in March 2006. She grew up in Cheyney, PA. Her father was a noted civil rights lawyer in Delaware. Redding identifies with both faiths “100 percent,” explaining that this is possible in the same way that she can be both an African American and a woman. Her remarks have evoked excitement and controversy among both the Episcopal and Muslim communities. She continues to worship in the Episcopal Church, as well as with Al-Islam Center of Seattle. (more)

Hear a recording of her talk at St. Luke’s

March 22, 2017

The Rev. Terry Kyllo

Terry Kyllo is a human, a husband, a father of two, the pastor developer of The Catacomb Churches and he does not live by bread alone. He has written two books: Being Human: The Image of the Serving God (2004) and Apprenticeship: Embracing Life and Practicing Humanity in the Way of Jesus (2011). Terry Kyllo attended seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, receiving his Masters of Divinity (a four-year degree required for Lutheran ordination) in 1991. Terry serves as a pastor of an ecumenical partnership of five churches in the Skagit Valley of Washington state.

Hear a recording of his talk at St. Luke’s

March 15, 2017

Faiza Sultan

Faiza Sultan has worked as an Arabic and Kurdish interpreter, translator, teacher, and curriculum developer for more than sixteen years. She is serving as the president of NOTIS and is the founder and the president of Translation4all, Inc. She taught Arabic at the college level, and she has been developing online lessons for the GLOSS project. She is a writer, a poet, and a cultural adviser. She has been featured in many local newspapers and on TV and radio shows, such as NPR. She was also featured in a documentary about translators at war called “The Language of War.”

Hear a recording of her talk at St. Luke’s

March 8, 2017

Imam Jamal Rahman

Jamal Rahman is a popular speaker on Islam, Sufi spirituality, and interfaith relations. Along with his Interfaith Amigos, he has been featured in the New York Times, CBS News, BBC, and various NPR programs. Jamal is co-founder and Muslim Sufi minister at Interfaith Community Sanctuary and adjunct faculty at Seattle University. He is a former co-host of Interfaith Talk Radio and travels nationally and internationally, presenting at retreats and workshops.

Hear a recording of his conversation at St. Luke’s