Each of us was given a length of colored cloth that we tied to the cloths held by the women on either side of us. Thus were we all connected. We passed the linked fabrics through our hands to the left, singing, “From you I receive, and to you I give. Together we share so that all may live.”
Our speakers grew up in India, in a diverse community of Jains, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians as well as Hindus.
We learned about innovative communities Gobind Sadan in India and New York, based on a Sikh tradition, and Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, a community of Israeli Jews and Palestinians with an intercultural, bilingual school.