The Norman Transcript

April 28, 2014

Interfaith group invites women to join

By Joy Hampton
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Women of a variety of faiths brought prayers and dinner and shared peaceful dialogue recently at a Norman home. Malaka Elyazgi’s prayer sounded like a song tripping off her lips in her native tongue. The translation was equally poetic.

Elyazgi’s prayer was one of several shared at the Women’s Interfaith Group. Women from a variety of religious backgrounds meet monthly and share their faith with one another over dinner. Like the participants and their religions, dinner is ethnically and regionally diverse, done potluck style according to certain rules — no pork or alcohol, no dishes prepared with meat and dairy together, and no shellfish.

The interfaith group is open to interested women.

“We invite you to come into our living rooms and share with us this life altering experience,” said Kathy Nithman.

A different theme guides the dialogue each month. “Sounds of God” will be the topic for the May 16 meeting.

In April, the group heard the 23rd Psalm in Spanish and English, listened to a Buddhist chant in an ancient Asian dialect, and heard favorite Islamic prayers.

The result was renewed individual faith for participants and greater understanding between the various groups. With that understanding came an awareness of commonality—the echo of shared beliefs that ran like common threads through the multicolor tapestry of the group’s diversity.

The group meets in homes throughout the greater Oklahoma City metro area. Upcoming topics include spiritual growth through tragedy, aging, creation, conception and birth.

Nithman can be reached at

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