Ocean Springs St. Paul examines peace

6/3/2008

Shalom. Salaam. Peace.

Three words which mean “peace” from the three Abrahamic religions — Judaism, Islam and Christianity — provided the topic for a panel discussion at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Ocean Springs on May 4.
Organized by Nancy Wilson, St. Paul United Methodist Women president, the panel was a culmination of the Peace Circle’s current UMW study on peace. “The study clearly states that if we are to solve many of the world’s pressing problems, we must begin to have dialogues across faith traditions,” Wilson said.
The panelists discussed barriers to peace and also the signs of hope that peace might be obtained. They also took questions from the audience. Moderator was UMW member Mary Bayne of Ocean Springs. Forty people attended the event at the church’s East Campus.
Representing the three religions were: Judy Lytle of Ocean Springs, a former Christian missionary and retired scientist from the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Lab; Milton Grishman of Biloxi, a real estate broker, community leader and an active member of the Beth Israel congregation on the Gulf Coast, and Fariha Siddiqui, a Muslim who shared her experience of living in Pakistan and the United States and of those two different cultures.