January 21 2018

Sunday Worship: Tri-Faith Sunday

Sunday, January 21, 2018
11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Laila Al-Askari, Rabbi Joe Potasnik, Dr. Michael Brown
"Unity, Justice and Equality"

Marble has a rich history of participating in interfaith activities and one of the highlights is our “Trialogue” hosted by Dr. Michael Brown. The focus of the service is a conversation among spiritual leaders of three faiths: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Ask a friend to join you for this unique and memorable worship experience. We will also have a special extended Talk Back after Worship in the Sanctuary when the conversation will continue.

Leaders speaking at our Tri-Faith Service are:

Laila Marie Al-Askari is the Director of Administration and Finance for The Brick Presbyterian Church where she is developing the organization’s systems to service inreach and outreach needs as well as interfaith work. In 2014 the Islamic Center of New York University (ICNYU) awarded her the Visionaries Award for her work in co-founding the Islamic Center during her undergraduate years at NYU. Ms. Al-Askari’s interfaith work has led her in many directions. In 2017 she joined the board of the Muslim Community Network to continue her work on building bridges within communities. She has served as Treasurer for the American Society for the Advancement of Muslims, and served as the Muslim representative to the Executive Committee for Auburn Seminary’s Face to Face Faith to Faith Program for conflict resolution, and currently serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of the Cordoba House and the Islamic Sunday School Program. Recently she participated in the Muslim Leadership Training program jointly sponsored by the Cordoba House and the Hartford Seminary. As a member of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, Ms. Al-Askari continues her interfaith journey of building bridges. Ms. Al-Askari is a graduate of New York University with a BA and MA in Near Eastern Literature and Languages, and an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Baruch College/Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and is a Certified Health Care Executive (CHE). She was the Administrator for Cardiology at Beth Israel Medical Center, and later at Montefiore Medical Center, worked in the Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology Departments as the Director of Business and Clinical Affairs providing needed services for underserved areas. For this work she was one of the first administrators to become a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.

Rabbi Joe Potasnik is the Executive Vice President of The New York Board of Rabbis, the largest interdenominational rabbinic body in the world. He is presently Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Mount Sinai in Brooklyn Heights, New York, and serves as Chaplain of the New York City Fire Department. He is co-host of “Religion on the Line,” which airs on WABC Talk Radio 770 AM, serves as the religious commentator for 1010 WINS Radio, and hosts the TV program Faith to Faith on the Jewish Broadcasting Service. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Center for Thought & Culture. In the past he served as a member of the New York Human Rights Commission, and Chaplain of the New York Press Club. He was awarded the Jan Karski Humanitarian Award by the Polish Consulate and also received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He has published numerous articles in New York City newspapers, including the New York Post. He was selected by the Forward Newspaper as one of the 50 most inspiring Rabbis. Rabbi Potasnik received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yeshiva College, his Master of Science from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University and was ordained at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. In addition, he received his Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School.

Dr. Michael Brown

Sunday Bulletin, January 21, 2018

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