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Rumi Forum`s monthly circle to study Abrahamic scriptures continued with the topic of “Non-Violent Responses to Hatred” with our study leader, Rev. Dr. David Milam from Loudon Interfaith Bridges, on August 24, 2023.

Scriptural Reasoning (SR) is a practice where Christians, Jews, and Muslims study each other’s sacred texts. SR participants meet monthly to read short passages from their respective scriptures on a 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 and the development of strong bonds across faith communities.

                  Scriptural Reasoning: Introduction               Reading Material: Non-Violent

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This Month`s Study Leader

Rev. Dr. David Milam retired as the Pastor of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Purcellville, Virginia, having served there from 2005 to 2021. He is becoming the Executive Director of Loudoun Interfaith Bridges in his retirement. This two-decade-old organization links Loudoun faith communities through relational dialogue toward a “good and equitable society.” Dave hopes the organization can focus on social action impacting the diverse, multicultural Loudoun County for equity and greater inclusion. He also looks forward to becoming a Parish Associate at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington.

Ordained in 1985, Rev. Milam previously served churches in Michigan, California, and New York. He is a Parish Associate at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC. He has a D. Min. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, earning the dissertation prize in 1999 for his work called “Neighbor Language.” His M. Div. degree came from Princeton Theological Seminary, a Master’s degree from Wheaton College, and a Bachelor`s from San Diego State University.

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