Truly sisters : Catholic and Muslim women walking in solidarity on the path to interfaith leadership
Mary J Curtsinger
In the Islamophobic context of the contemporary U.S., this researcher gathered ten women (22-28), "committed" Roman Catholics and Muslims--for appreciative interpersonal engagement, with goals of building relationships marked by greater justice and solidarity; supporting Muslims experiencing oppression; and planting seeds of interfaith leadership. Reflecting believing was used as method. The researcher facilitated four weekly 2.5-hour sessions ("icebreakers"; one-on-one walkabouts; "speed-faithing"; and focus sessions). Data strongly supported the research goals, with subjects' reporting positive reactions, relational learning, knowledge of one another's traditions, and an emerging commitment to continued interfaith engagement and leadership. All ten reported increased solidarity with religious others.