Annnd I’m Off To The Balkans!
“Macedonia? Croatia? What? Why would you go there?”
That’s usually the line of questioning I’ve heard from family and friends when I’ve told them about my trip. Countries which aren’t heard about and easily forgotten… sort of like Idaho, the Dakota’s, and Nebraska.
I’m traveling these two countries with an interfaith group called TRUTH Houston. There are pastors, activists, Muslims and a rabbi. Just one rabbi, but he’s wonderful and probably does the job of five combined (props to Rabbi Steve Gross).
Reverend Steve Quill the founder of TRUTH
The idea of the trip is to bring together leaders from different faiths in Houston and sitting with people from these counties to understand what role different faiths play to bring together war-torn societies. The hope, thereby, is that we as leaders come closer together in friendship and understanding and work with one another to bring a higher level of dialogue between our respective communities.
The more communication between our communities, the better.
Afterwards, as everyone goes home, I’ll be taking off to Bosnia with my backpack.
Throughout the trip, I’ll be writing brief posts on a daily basis about my trip along with pictures and brief interviews with different members of our group and locals. Keep up with it all on my Facebook Page (http://www.fb.me/lifefromadifferentlens), Twitter (@shariqghani) and through email (subscribe on the right hand side of this page).
Next: Houston to Washington to Vienna to Skopje, Macedonia for a couple of days!