Just hours before Sunday's announcement of the killing of Osama Bin Laden by U.S. forces, I gathered with hundreds of Muslims, Christians and Jews celebrating our faiths, our friendship, and the women in our lives, particularly mothers, at the Interfaith Peace Ministry of Orange County's "Celebration of Mothers" event.
What a joy it was for me to reflect upon women in Christianity, and hear similar reflections by my cousins in Judaism and Islam. I parted from them feeling an incredibly strong connection, so blessed to recognize again our commonalities as people of faith and as American families.
Driving home, I heard that the president was expected to make the announcement that Osama Bin Laden, the leader of the Al-Qaeda network, had been killed. While this news brought joy to many around the world, I felt numb. It sharply contrasted the elation I had just felt leaving my cousins in faith.