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The Faith Next DoorAmerican Christians and Their New Religious Neighbors$
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Paul D. Numrich

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195386219

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386219.001.0001

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Unity in Spirituality

Unity in Spirituality

The Focolare Movement

(p.104) EIGHT Unity in Spirituality
The Faith Next Door

Paul D. Numrich

Oxford University Press

The Catholic Focolare Movement was founded by the late Chiara Lubich in Italy during World War II in order to rediscover the communal love and spirituality of the early Christians. The movement includes several “minicities” around the world, each called a permanent Mariapolis (after Mary, Mother of Unity). The Focolare engage in “dialogues of love” with spiritually minded members of other faiths, including Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, and Sikhs. This chapter focuses on the relationship between the Focolare movement and the American Society of Muslims, the largest African American Muslim group in the United States, followers of mainstream Islam under the leadership of the late Imam Warith Deen Mohammed. The chapter features testimonies by Focolare members and Muslims about their dialogues of love. “For us it is encountering Jesus in every person,” says the codirector of the Chicago Focolare community. “We love everybody who comes our way.”

Keywords:   Focolare, Chiara Lubich, spirituality, Mariapolis, dialogues of love, American Society of Muslims, Islam, Imam Warith Deen Mohammed

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