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Faith over Fear: Choosing Unity over Extremism – An Interfaith Service and Dinner of Dialogue

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Religious leaders and scholars Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, and Bruce Feiler will join us at Temple on Friday, May 20 to share their thoughts on “Faith over Fear: Choosing Unity over Extremism,” and the value of taking part in interfaith dialogue in our present day. Starting with an interfaith service at 6:00 pm and continuing in a Dinner of Dialogue, our panel of interfaith scholars will look at recent world events and how they can inform what we do as a community to confront religious extremism and build greater understanding and harmony.

During the Dinner of Dialogue, we will have the opportunity to engage in table talk about current events with members of the National Cathedral and several local mosques. It is a critical time for everyone in our Congregation to engage in this interfaith conversation. This program was borne as a conclusion to our Congregational Conversation, but our discussion and dialogue are open to all who are concerned with the ongoing bigotry and xenophobia in our world, and, especially, with the political discourse of our day.

Imam Abdul-Malik is the Outreach Coordinator at the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center and former Muslim Chaplain at Howard University. He serves as the Chair of Government Relations for the Muslim Alliance in North America and is President of the Muslim Society of Washington.

Bishop Budde is the ninth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and the first woman elected to serve in this role. She is also the Interim Dean of Washington National Cathedral. Prior to her arrival in Washington, she served for 18 years as rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Minneapolis where she worked on efforts to renew congregations.

Mr. Feiler is a widely recognized thinker, writer, and speaker on the role of religion in contemporary life. He opened our Congregational Conversations Keynote series last fall with a discussion focusing on what he has learned from the Abrahamic journey. An advocate of Abrahamic dialogue, Mr. Feiler created Abraham Salons, informal groups for interfaith dialogue, following September 11, 2001. He is the author several New York Times best sellers, including Walking the Bible, Abraham, Where God Was Born, and The Council of Dads, and is a frequent contributor to NPR, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and Fox News. 

Join us as we reflect on the current state of interfaith conversation and build bridges of understanding with friends new and old. Registration for dinner is now closed. The service is free and open to the public.