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Interfaith trolley tour to help celebrate the coincidence of the holy calendar; Easter, Easter and Ramadan are all in one month


CHICAGO (CBS) – The most magical weekend begins on Friday. For Christians it is Good Friday, and for Jews it is the beginning of Easter. Sunday is Easter, and we are in the middle of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

Morning Insider Lauren Victory explains how faith leaders use this sacred calendar coincidence.

Rabbi Frederick Reeves explained that there will be about a million tables for Easter, while a few blocks from the Ebenezer Baptist Church has already decorated the altar for Sunday Easter service.

It is unusual for Christians and Jews to celebrate Easter and Easter at about the same time, but Kim Schultz and the Chicago Theological Seminary have noticed something unique in the 2022 calendar.

“There are Buddhist holidays, there are holidays of Hindus, Jains … Orthodox Christianity,” she said.

Ramadan is April’s biggest emission.

“We celebrated Ramadan in April 31 years ago,” said Imam Tariq al-Amin of Masjid al-Taqwa.

The Islamic calendar has different cycles than the standard Gregorian calendar, so the holiday was repeated three decades later.

“It will definitely happen if you have been blessed to be here long enough,” Amin said.

“We can think of it as a‘ simple coincidence ’, or we can accept that coincidence and make something out of it,” Reeves said.

Which brings us to the interfaith trolley tour, opportunities to visit several holy sites on the south side, including KAM Isaiah Israel.

“We’re going to talk to them very briefly about the hall, and then also about Pesach,” Reeves said.

The Chicago Theological Seminary has commissioned speakers from Buddhist and Baha’i denominations and others.

A stop at the Masjid Al-Taqwa Mosque is also on the route.

“Although these holidays have their peculiarities, these holidays have a lot in common, so we had to be a part of it,” Al-Amin said.

The trolleybus tour is organized and sponsored by the Chicago Theological Seminary, the Center for Christian-Muslim Interaction for Peace and Justice at the Lutheran School of Theology, the American Islamic College, the Parliament of World Religions and the Kenwood Interfaith Council in Hyde Park.

Stops on the tour include KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd .; Ebenezer Baptist Church, 4501 S. Vincennes; Masjid Al-Taqwa, 9333 S. Escanaba Ave .; and the Rockefeller University Memorial Chapel / Office of Spiritual Life, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Tickets are already sold out, but if you’re interested in learning about Chicago’s prayer houses, such as Masjid Al-Taqwa or KAM Isaiah Israel, you can ride the trolleybus in your personal car.

The trolleybus tour ends with an interfaith dinner. It is scheduled for April 24.

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