The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Holy convergence

When faiths come together 'It is heaven on earth, an incarnational moment'

May the peace and joy of Christmas be with you throughout the year.

I pause to consider those words on the Christmas cards I’m preparing to send. I remember how the peace of last December’s silent and holy night was too soon shattered by the devastating waves of a tsunami in Asia. I think of this year’s natural disasters—hurricanes, earthquakes and floods—and how the havoc they wreaked was exacerbated by human actions that alter ecosystems and perpetuate poverty.

I sadly note that wars still rage, AIDS still kills and people still starve in a world of plenty. Where is peace?

Then I remember the Holy Convergence.

The Holy Convergence happened the first Sunday in October at Peace Lutheran Church, Danville, Calif. It was sponsored by Interfaith-San Ramon Valley, comprised of a dozen faith communities including Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Baha’i.

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