Listening to the funeral of Muhammad Ali on NPR. Demonstrating something about the power of liturgy, the spirit is personal, religious, and political. Is this a watershed event? Personal memories about courage and compassion collide with histories –Jim Crow and lynching, the Civil Rights Movement, the anti-Vietnam War Movement and the struggle today against racism, poverty, and war, religious bigotry and the fight for freedom and social justice in the age of Trump. This is a great American moment, a moment in which Islam enters into the cultural mainstream by way of a major media event of profound symbolic and political importance, introduced in terms of mercy, love, justice, and peace; introduced to the light-marked beauty of Islamic liturgical texts and chant coupled ecumenically with powerful words by Christian and Jewish faith leaders. You can find it here.