Many InterPlayers hold a vision of InterPlay for peacemaking and passionately share its embodied wisdom and bridge building creativity. In this time of giving thanks I am grateful for Ginny Going and Tom Henderson, key leaders in the InterPlay movement who have given extravagantly to the development of the InterPlay Practice. Ginny writes:
Tom and I returned recently from a pilgrimage with 45 pilgrims from 4 continents led by Imam Jamal Rahman, Pastor Don Mackenzie and Rabbi Ted Falcon, three religious leaders brought together by the events of 9/11. Known as The Interfaith Amigos, their unique blend of spiritual wisdom and humor openly addressed the usual taboos of interfaith dialogue – the “awkward” parts of each tradition – in order to create a more authentic conversation.
Each morning and evening we gathered to experience a contemplative practice led by various participants. We prayed, chanted, laughed, cried, listened, learned, wrestled with difficult sights and difficult feelings. We planted an olive tree on behalf of peace in a small Palestinian village in sight of the controversial wall being built by the Israel government to enclose Palestinian territories. Olive trees take a long time to mature and bear fruit, as does peace making. We met and heard the stories of Jews and Muslims working tirelessly for peace and reconciliation in this beautiful and torn land.
On the last night together, Chris Copeland and I led InterPlay. The pilgrims did a solo hand dance on behalf of the land and the people of Israel/Palestine and then a duet hand dance of gratitude for all we had experienced together on this pilgrimage. In the Art of Pilgrimage, Phil Cousineau says, “In each of us dwells a wanderer, a gypsy, a pilgrim. The purpose here is to call for that spirit. What matters most is how deeply you see, how attentively you hear, how richly the encounters are felt in your heart and soul.” That last sentence describes what we practice together in InterPlay.
I ask your prayers for the peace of Jerusalem. And may you be in touch with the wanderer, the gypsy, the pilgrim within.
Ginny Going, Raleigh, North Carolina