This semester, Tuesday is multiculturalism day. I have two classes to attend: one on immigrant expressions of religion, the other on christianity as a world religion. I was reading an article for the first class, and it mentioned the Masjid Omar ibn Al-Khattab mosque in LA that’s been called “the United Nations on its knees” because of the multiethnic nature of the worshipers there. I liked that image because it shows how religion can bring people closer together, instead of focusing on all the things that tear us apart.
The article can be found here. It’s especially good for people unaware of the issues that come into play around immigrants and religion in America, but a bit basic if you’ve done any work at all on multiculturalism, immigrant identity issues, and religion from an American perspective (realistically though, how many people -besides me- can that be?).