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Scriptural Reasoning (SR) is a practice where Christians, Jews, and Muslims study each other’s sacred texts. SR participants meet once a month to read short passages from their respective scriptures on a certain topic. Facilitated by a study leader, each session is an opportunity to listen and share various perspectives. SR sessions help participants reflect on a curious list of topics within the Abrahamic tradition. The result is often a deeper understanding of others and one’s own scriptures, as well as the development of strong bonds across faith communities.

You can find this month’s themed text pack here.

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This Month’s Study Leader


Dr. Vanessa Avery is the Executive Director of Sharing Sacred Spaces, Inc., where she builds community across differences using the unique tools of architecture, space, hospitality, and dialogue.

As Director of Sharing Sacred Spaces, Vanessa is also a Fellow at Hartford International University for Religion and Peace where she develops intercultural and interreligious DEI strategies and training for workplaces that are committed to leadership in religious and spiritual inclusion.

Vanessa is a lecturer of Interfaith Engagement at Yale Divinity School and affiliate faculty in Comparative Religion and Sociology at California State University.


IFCMWRumi Forum presents this event as a collaborating partner of the Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington (IFCMW) during the 3rd Annual World Interfaith Harmony Week in the DMV. We are glad that this session of our monthly Scriptural Reasoning program coincides with the annual worldwide observance during the month of February 2022.

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