Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Letter To The Members of the American Muslim Association in Oklahoma

Dear members of the American Muslim Association of Oklahoma,
I would like to take a moment and apologize for the unwise and ignorant actions of our fellow Oklahomans who defaced the exterior of the Grand Mosque this past weekend.
In Christianity, the church is a community of persons united by certain principles.  This is distinguished from the church building.   Therefore no ignorant action, perpetuating dislike and misunderstanding, one can ever truly deface your community.   

I will keep you in my thoughts, and please know that so many of us treasure the variety of different practices and traditions you bring to our city and our state.  

I know that we serve a common purpose.  I hope that we can continue to work together - as it says on your website - “towards the goal of spirituality, betterment of humanity, and performing charity.”

“Our ardent prayer and hope is that peace prevail throughout the world.”

I hope to see you soon.   

Your neighbor,   

Steven Stark  (a member of Mayflower Congregational UCC)

Monday, April 29, 2013

Janos Starker Playing Bartok

Thanks for being an interesting character, Janos Starker - and an amazing cellist.