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Discussion of Marriage and Divorce Continues Life Cycle Series
The theme of our March 19 Life Cycles program at Jowonio School was “Marriage, Family and Divorce in Different Faiths and Cultures.” Four speakers shared their insights and personal experiences, engaging the audience in a stimulating discussion.
Our January program featured Suzanne Williams, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity in Syracuse, who described recent developments of Habitat for Humanity, and Madeline Kujab and Fran Greenman, who spoke about Starfish International, a program that promotes personal development in high school students in The Gambia along with academic support and entrepreneurship training. For a report of the program, click here. Four Starfish girls and a mentor will visit Syracuse on June 29 to raise funds for their school in The Gambia; stay tuned for details.
Book Club to Discuss ‘The Tenth Parallel’
Our Book Club will meet on Monday, March 27, from 7 to 9 pm, to discuss The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line between Christianity and Islam by Eliza Griswold. An award-winning investigative journalist and poet, Eliza Griswold has spent the past seven years traveling between the equator and the tenth parallel: in Nigeria, the Sudan, and Somalia, and in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. The stories she tells in The Tenth Parallel show us that religious conflicts are also conflicts about land, water, oil, and other natural resources, and that local and tribal issues are often shaped by religious ideas. Above all, she makes clear that, for the people she writes about, one’s sense of God is shaped by one’s place on earth; along the tenth parallel, faith is geographic and demographic. For information about location, call Jennifer Roberts Crittenden, 315-633-2817.
Synagogue to Host Interfaith Forum on the Environment
Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas is hosting a multifaith forum on the environment on Saturday, April 1, on the topic “Many Faiths, One World: How Are We Working Together?” The following questions will be addressed: What environmental work are you doing now? Imagine you could do more for the environment; what would that look like? What are the barriers preventing you from doing that work? How might we work together to overcome those barriers? Panelists will include Rabbi Lawrence Troster (Conservative Judaism), Sister Caryn Crook (Roman Catholic Church), Mohammed Khater (Sunni Islam), Kendra Hatfield-Timajchy (Baha’i), Faith Jacques (Onondaga Nation), and Catherine Landis (Zen Buddhism). The two-hour forum, at 18 Patsy Lane in Jamesville, will begin at 8:30 pm (at the end of Sabbath), and will be followed by a desert reception. The program is free and open to the public.
‘Love Is the Answer’ Is Theme of 2017 Interfaith Assembly
The University United Methodist Church hosted our 7th Interfaith Harmony Assembly Feb. 6 on the theme “Love Is the Answer.” The program showcased Syracuse’s increasing diversity, with representatives of the 12 participating faith communities including immigrants from the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, Europe, and Africa. For a report of the event, click here.
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