Old Joke. New Conversation."A rabbi, a priest, and an imam walked into a bar..."
Tallahassee is rewriting the old joke on July 14th by inviting a rabbi, priest, pastor and imam to "walk into a bipartisan forum, eat dinner, and then have a civil conversation despite differences in their faiths."
The Village Square, a local nonprofit dedicated to improving the civility of the political dialog, completes this year's "Dinner at the Square" series "Faith, Politics & Neighbors" with a discussion across diverse religious traditions.
"A Rabbi, A Priest, A Pastor & An Imam" offers insight into the unique experiences of Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities, including the African American faith experience.
Panelists include Rabbi Moshe Elbaz, Ph.D. of Temple Israel Valdosta, the Reverend Dr. Julius McAllister of Bethel AME Church, Dr. Necati Aydin of Florida State University and Father Lin Walton of St. John's Episcopal Church.
This program is part of the "Dinner at the Square" season Faith, Politics & Neighbors... "ground well-trodden by angels and fools". Find information about the season generally and the other dinner programs HERE.
*For Muslims, an imam is a general designation of one who leads prayer. The structure of their faith is less hierarchical than the Christian organizations more of us are familiar with. An Islamic organization will have an imam who is a prayer leader and administers their business, but in Islam, no one mitigates between the people and God. While Dr. Aydin is not an imam by profession, he is an imam in terms of leading prayers in his congregation.
A Rabbi, A Priest, A Pastor & An Imam
Tuesday, July 14 2009
St. John's Episcopal Church
(optional discussion with panelists until 8:30pm)
For Vegetarians: Gazpacho
Fran's Famous Cornbread
Dilled Potato Salad
Coffee, tea, lemonade
And a special Turkish dish will be shared by theTolerance and Dialogue Group.
Chocolate chip cookie bars
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