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Monday, November 07, 2011

Warda Gertse, 22-year old South African Shia Muslim, works with Face to Face | Faith to Faith, fostering dialogues between young people from areas in conflict, and Elspeth Gilmore, co-director of Resource Generation, a social justice organization for young people with financial wealth, talk about how their generation is approaching social justice activism.

EVENT: Elspeth Gilmore is one of the honorees at the Auburn Theological Seminary's Peace is Possible benefit for Face to Face | Faith to Faith tonight at 6:00 p.m.

Guests:

Warda Gertse and Elspeth Gilmore
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Comments [10]

Warda Gertse from Cape Town, South Africa

The religion of Islam is a religion of peace. The actions of some people should not be a reflection of the whole. I would encourage you (Udo) to do research on the true religion of Islam and see the beauty within instead of making assumptions to think that certain actions humans take are sanctioned by Islam. Re Jim's comment, one of the main differences between Sunni and Shia lies in who succeeded the Holy Prophet (May be be upon Him) after His demise. Sunni's believe it was Abu Bakr (R), who was appointed by the people of the time whereas Shia's believe the true successor was Imam Ali(a.s) appointed by the Prophet (S) himself on numerous occasions, one of them being at a place called Ghadeer. There should not be any reason for segregation between Sunni and Shia as we are all Muslim and believe in the oneness of Allah (S) and the Quran as our guide and Prophet Muhammed (S) as the last and final messenger. I only hope that people equip themselves with understanding and this leads to unity and peace God-willing

Nov. 10 2011 02:58 AM
john from Harlem, NY

This was inspirational and truly out of the box engagement!

Nov. 07 2011 02:11 PM
jgl from NY

Does anyone else see the counter intuitive paradox of this guest, who was brought up in the lap of luxury, not having contributed to the aqusition of her families wealth but has determined that she and her fellow children of the wealthy have the backround, life expierience and wisdom to now redistribute other peoples wealth?

Did I missinterpret what her goal and agenda is?

Do with your wealth what you wish but please don't attempt to direct others how they MUST spend theirs.

No wonder that the people they look for to join their organization must be under 35 years of age. Everyone of a certain age (over 35) remembers how the idealism of youth squares with the reality of life.

While Im sure she has the best of intentions and is a fine person, I know a road paved with those good intentions, and we all know where that leads.

Nov. 07 2011 12:33 PM
udo dirkenschneider from Fort Greene

Is this a bad joke?

If you want to help other people why do you want the expensive government machinery do for you?

Did you not know that they give it to Big Agro, Big Oil, and use it to invade countries for spurious reasons?

Rich girl - keep you money and use your OWN mind to give it to others!

Nov. 07 2011 12:08 PM
udo dirkenschneider from Fort Greene

Is this a bad joke?

If you want to help other people why do you want the expensive government machinery do for you?

Did you not know that they give it to Big Agro, Big Oil, and use it to invade countries for spurious reasons?

Rich girl - keep you money and use your OWN mind to give it to others!

Nov. 07 2011 12:08 PM
udo dirkenschneider from Fort Greene

How in the whole world can a woman want to associate herself with a religion that has undermined the status of women in so many places of the world?
One fact: In Iran there was a proposal discussed to allow marriage to 9 year olds based on the fact that the Profit indulge himself thus. There is no strong reason to think that this is not sanctioned by the faith.

The Muslim leaders the Caliphs had up to 2000 sex slaves and bragged about it.

Nov. 07 2011 12:04 PM
udo dirkenschneider from Fort Greene

How in the whole world can a woman want to associate herself with a religion that has undermined the status of women in so many places of the world?
One fact: In Iran there was a proposal discussed to allow marriage to 9 year olds based on the fact that the Profit indulge himself thus. There is no strong reason to think that this is not sanctioned by the faith.

The Muslim leaders the Caliphs had up to 2000 sex slaves and bragged about it.

Nov. 07 2011 12:04 PM
Jonathan Smith from Upper West Side

An "Up-Talker?". Can't trust someone who makes statements that end with a question mark. It's a cover for insincerity and insecurity with their ideas. She's a member of the 1% and wants to do good? Really? There's something in it for herself - relief from guilt-I guess that's okay. Can't trust her!

Nov. 07 2011 12:03 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

If Catholics and Protestants no longer kill each other, why can't Shia and Sunni get along? WHy are they blowing each other up all over the Middle East?

Nov. 07 2011 11:51 AM
Jim

As a self-identified Shia, what does Ms. Gertse believe the difference is between Shia and Sunni and why it is that they often fight each other? Is it really still about Abu Bakr or is now something else?

Nov. 07 2011 11:51 AM

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