Interfaith event May 16 in Greenwich

The Interfaith Council of Southwestern Connecticut offers the next My Neighbor’s Faith – Greenwich, featuring a panel of religious leaders representing major faith traditions in Greenwich. Rather than basics of each faith, this second in the series will focus on spirituality, how each tradition connects with the holy, or the divine. The discussion will be held on Monday, May 16, at 7 p.m., at Christ Church, 254 East Putnam Avenue in Greenwich. The Greenwich Fellowship of Clergy and the Sholom Center are co-sponsors.

The panel will be moderated by the Rev. Dr. Jim Lemler, Rector of Christ Church, and include leaders from the following traditions: Jewish (Rabbi Vicki Axe of Congregation Shir Ami), Muslim (Allison Elaouni of the American Institute for Islamic and Arabic Studies), Spiritualist (Anne Carbone of Albertson Memorial Church), and Christian (the Rev. Ed Horstmann of Round Hill Community Church). Each leader will speak briefly about his or her own religious tradition. Following the presentations, the audience will be invited to share their experiences with their own faiths in small groups, after which there will be a time for questions with the panelists. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 and light refreshments will be served.

My Neighbors Faith programs have been held in Stamford, Norwalk and Greenwich. The series was inspired by Jules Naudet, an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, whose 2007 documentary, In God’s Name, examined the lives and faith of twelve of the world’s most influential religious leaders. Naudet, who lives in Stamford, suggested interfaith forums in each area town, to help residents become more aware of the tenets and practices of the religions practiced by their neighbors. He says, “Too often conversation about faith has been driven by suspicion, prejudice and misunderstanding. I hope that through this forum, we will dispel the preconceived ideas and realize that if we took the time to get to know each other’s faith, we will find that much more unites us than divides us.”

As part of its mission to provide spiritual leadership to solve community problems, the Interfaith Council holds many events to build understanding among the various traditions, and often organizes interfaith gatherings in times of crisis. The Council promotes collaborate action and interfaith conversation among diverse faith communities in lower Fairfield County. Its monthly Community Catalyst Conversations bring people together to discuss and seek solutions to challenging social issues. Through a diverse array of special events, monthly interfaith discussions and many community initiatives, the Interfaith Council is making “the place for interfaith action and the space for interfaith conversation” in our communities.

For more information on the Interfaith Council, check the Council’s website, interfaithcouncil.org, or Inter-Faith Council on Facebook.

For more information on this and other programs, contact Kate Heichler ([email protected]).

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