By David Schütz, August 2015
You have possibly heard about a new activity sponsored by
the Jewish Muslim Christian Association (JCMA): Text Groups.
The idea of a Text Group is based on the common
interreligious dialogue activity of reading one another’s scripture texts
together. However, in a JCMA Text Group, we take things further: we share any
text that is of personal interest to a member of the group, religious or
secular. Of course, given the nature of JCMA, we like to take the opportunity
of sharing texts that say something about one another’s faith, but a text need
not be sacred scripture in order to have spiritual meaning.
As an example, let me share what we read last week in the group
I lead, the 10:00am to 11:30am meeting on the second Tuesday of the month in
East Melbourne. The suggestion for the day was that we each bring along a piece