The Washington National Cathedral, considered the United States’ “national prayer house,” hosted a Muslim service Friday, the first such event in the sanctuary’s history.
Muslim prayer rugs were laid and “the Arabic call to prayer echoed among the vaulted stone arches,” which the dean of the cathedral, the Very Rev. Gary Hall, called “a beautiful sacred language in a beautiful sacred space,” according to The Washington Post.
Welcoming the worshipers, director of liturgy Rev. Canon Gina Gilland Campbell said, “Salaam, shalom, peace. You are all so very welcome here.” She also used the occasion to issue an impassioned call for interfaith understanding, saying, “Let us stretch our hearts and let us seek to deepen mercy for we worship the same God.”
Christian and Muslim leaders also spoke about the need for religious dialogue and harmony, including South Africa’s Muslim Ambassador to the U.S. Ebhraim Rasool, co-organizer of the event. Rasool used the sermon, or Khutba, to call for the protection of Christians in the Middle East, as well as greater Muslim tolerance for other religions, saying: “I think that we must return to the Muslim prophetic tradition in which the Prophet, may peace be upon him, invited Christians to his own mosque that he established in Medina – and said to them, you can pray here.”
Islam is the third-largest religion in the United States, behind Christianity and Judaism, and with at least 2.6 million adherents, constitutes approximately 0.8% of the country’s population.
In the little American town of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, exists a secret world that very few people are aware of. If you look carefully around town, you’ll notice itty bitty doors placed on the side of buildings. They are urban fairy houses…
Jonathan B. Wright, children’s books author, started creating little fairy doors in his home in 1993 for his own children (two daughters). Then in 2005, the first little door appeared in a public place in his city, and many others followed.
They can be on the side of a real-size door, in a side street, inside a shop, on any place really (a restaurant, a school, a public library…). Sometimes they are outside, right in the middle of a wall, and sometimes you stumble upon them as you are looking up a fairytale book in the town library!
If you walk around this town you may pass them by without noticing them.
Some people have installed a fairy house door in their own home or garden. We don’t know if any fairies have set up houses there…
You can use this link to find out more about Jonathan Wright and the fairy doors of Ann Arbor:
The word “redskins” is a racist word to call American Indians. Yet the Washington American football team uses it as its nickname. Many people think that they should change their name, or that it should be banned from TV.
SAUSALITO , California. — Two northbound deer briefly stopped traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge Friday night as they made a run for the hills of Marin County, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The deer, reported at 5:24 p.m., appear to have entered the bridge from the south.
Drivers appeared to have slowed behind the animals, leaving the lanes clear in front of them.
“They pretty much created their own traffic break,” police officer Barclay said, noting that northbound traffic tends to be backed up and slower around 5:30 p.m. anyway.
“That could be what saved the deer from getting hurt,” he added. “If it was lighter traffic the cars would have been moving faster.”
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Barack Obama in Stonehenge visit on return from NATO summit – BBC News
US President Barack Obama paid a visit to Stonehenge on his return home from the NATO summit in Newport.
The White House said that the presidential helicopter Marine One made an unannounced stop at Boscombe Down Airbase, Wiltshire before his motorcade drove to the ancient monument.
The president was then given a guided tour by curator Heather Sebire.
English Heritage, which manages the site, said it was “an honour” to host the president.
General manager of Stonehenge, Kate Davies said: “His office told us the president was very interested to see the iconic monument for himself.
“Every day people from all over the world make the trip to the ancient stones but this visit was a particularly special one.”
Ms Sebire said Mr Obama “was fascinated by the story of the stones, what we know about them and the mysteries that have yet to be solved.
“He described the atmosphere around the stones as ‘really special’ and his visit to Stonehenge as ‘a highlight of my tour’.
“It was a beautiful still evening and it was a privilege to show the US president around this unique monument which continues to inspire and intrigue people.”
What You’ll Need…
- Variety of your favorite fruits. (I like to use fresh strawberries, cherries, red seedless grapes and blueberries. If you grow berries in your yard, this can be yet another tasty way to put them to use!)
What You’ll Make… 4th of July Fruit Kabobs!
Simply alternate fruit and marshmallows in fun patterns, and voila!
Fruit Kabobs are fun, festive, and taste absolutely delicious!
Both the kids & adults will be sure to love these tasty 4th of July treats!!
This paratrooper was 23 when he jumped over Normandy for D-Day 70 years ago…
Today he relived his part in this historic moment when he did his last jump over the same Normandy ground.
Hear about it and watch his jump here:
Parachuting at 93 years old!
President Barack Obama paid poetic tribute to the men who breached “Hitler’s Wall” and stormed ashore to liberate Europe on D-Day, at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer.
Mr Obama said: “Fresh faced G.I.s rubbed trinkets, kissed pictures of sweethearts, checked and re-checked their equipment. ‘God,’ asked one, ‘Give me guts.’
“And in the pre-dawn hours, planes rumbled down runways, riders and paratroopers slipped through the sky, giant screws began to turn on an Armada that looked more like ships than sea. And more than 150,000 souls set off towards this tiny sliver of sand upon which hung more than the fate of a war, but rather the course of human history.
He added: “I am honoured to return here today to pay tribute to the men and women of a generation who defied every danger, among them are veterans of D-Day, and gentlemen we are truly humbled by your presence here today.”