In anticipation of the holiday season, a Connecticut rabbi and pastor are uniting to make the world a better place.
Rabbi Daniel Cohen of Congregation Agudath Sholom in Stamford and Pastor Greg Doll of Norton Presbyterian Church in Darien have announced the launch of the Elijah Moment Campaign – named, appropriately, for the biblical prophet who appears through history to spread light in the midst of darkness. The lesson learned, say the two, is that even a seemingly minor act of generosity can change a life. Every person can be an Elijah.
During the 40-day campaign, which kicked off on Nov. 23 and runs through Jan. 1, Cohen and Doll encourage everyone to discover Elijah moments. The campaign is based on the premise expressed in Cohen’s forthcoming book, What Will They Say About You When You’re Gone? Seven Principles for Reverse Engineering Your Life, in which he defines an Elijah moment as seizing an opportunity to be an agent for transformational change. No encounter is random and no moment is meaningless, says Cohen. Although they are of different faiths, both Cohen and Doll believe that every moment possesses potential for holiness; every human being has the potential to unlock the Divine through acts of generosity.
“We encourage every person regardless of their faith to be an Elijah and make a difference now and forever,” says Cohen. “In a world with increasing acts of violence, there is no better time to call on citizens of America to flood the world with acts of kindness. Discover and share your Elijah moments this holiday season!
For more information about the Elijah Campaign, watch Rabbi Cohen’s Ted Talk style video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjYj5rbHLrA, visit https://www.facebook.com/elijahmoment, or contact Rabbi Cohen at (203) 252-8252.
CAP: Rabbi Daniel Cohen