I bring this matter to your attention in the wake of an investigation begun by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) against All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena and its emeritus pastor, the Rev. George Regas. The IRS began its query subsequent to a sermon the Rev. Regas delivered two days before the 2004 presidential election.
Despite the church's healing legacy to the Jewish people, and the strong moral progressive stands of John Paul II in recent years, the church's record is mixed and troubling in other ways.
Watching the sunrise over Lake Tahoe is one of my great summer pleasures. I usually awake before my family and, in solitude, watch as the contours of the lake begin to take shape in the morning light. The serene stillness of this mountain silence is punctuated later only with the distant sounds of speed boats and water skiers, the mute screams of glee from those sailing beneath billowing parachutes pulled by fiberglass vessels. And if it is quiet enough, I can hear the flapping sounds of sails riding on crafts as they slowly pass me.
I believe in dialogue. That is why I have participated in the Muslim-Jewish Dialogue of Los Angeles for close to two years. I entered the dialogue because I know that ignorance of each other's faiths, legal traditions, histories, cultural and psychological perceptions can lead to destructive stereotyping and mistrust. Through honest discussions, we Jews and our Muslim partners can understand each other better, which is the central purpose of the dialogue, namely fostering mutual respect while exploring and accepting our differences.