April 17 2018

“Charting the Course: Becoming Partners in Faith” An Interfaith Partnership - Challenges & Opportunities

The Marble Loft (274 Fifth Ave)
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
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Speakers: Rev. Michael S. Bos, Laila Al-Askari, Tehilah Eisenstadt, Sabeeha Rehman, Rev. Jes Kast, Michelle Koch, Marcia Fingal

You are invited to gather for dinner and conversation with men and women of other faiths. We’ll enjoy an evening of discussion on faith, love, challenges and partnership between beloved Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities.

It’s a platform for sharing experiences, understanding each other's faith and culture, and building long-term and enduring relationships through activities with our interfaith community.

Sponsored by the Women's Ministry.

$20 (dinner and program)

Register online here by Sunday, April 15 or by signing up in the Loft on Sundays during Coffee Hour. For information, contact Don Piper.

Guest Speakers

Rev. Michael S. Bos is a pastor, author, and interfaith proponent. He is currently the Senior Minister of West End Collegiate Church and in April will become Senior Minister of Marble Collegiate Church. He is also president of The Collegiate Churches of New York. He has coauthored two books, A Church Beyond Belief and Fragmented Lives: Finding Faith in an Age of Uncertainty. Before coming to Collegiate, he established an international study center for Christian-Muslim relations in the Sultanate of Oman.

Ms. Laila Marie Al-Askari is the Director of Administration and Finance for The Brick Presbyterian Church, where she has participated in adult education programs on Islam. In 2014 the Islamic Center of New York University (ICNYU) awarded Laila the Visionaries Award for her work in co-founding the Islamic Center during her undergraduate years at NYU.

Ms. Tehilah Eisenstadt - Director of Education & Family Engagement at SAJ is a Jewish educator, activist, officiant, speaker, writer, consultant, community builder and storyteller. She works with a team of multi-faith leaders on ongoing issues related to Jewish values, particularly surrounding the abducted school girls in Chibok Nigeria in 2014.

Ms. Sabeeha Rehman is the author of the memoir, “Threading My Prayer Rug. One Woman’s Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim,” The book was listed by Booklist as Top 10 Religion and Spirituality Books 2016, and Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction Books 2017. She is a contributor to the Houses of Worship column of the Wall Street Journal, and co-founded the National Autism Association New York Metro chapter, serving as its President from 2008-2011. She blogs on topics related to Pakistani immigrant & American Muslim experience at: www.sabeeharehman.com/blog.

Rev. Jes Kast is the Associate Pastor at West End Collegiate Church and the Lead Pastor to A Taste of Heaven Soup Kitchen Church. Her work with A Taste of Heaven is highlighted in Duke Divinity’s Faith and Leadership journal. Her public theological work includes serving with Governor Cuomo’s office on the Interfaith Advisory Committee and the National Clergy Advocacy Board for Planned Parenthood. She writes for The 12. Join her online conversations on Twitter at @JesKast.

Ms. Michelle Koch is the Director of Operations, The NYC Muslim Jewish Solidarity Committee, a committee that has grown to become a community of thousands. Ms. Koch focuses outreach, coordinating volunteer opportunities, and attending speaking events throughout NYC. One of her current initiatives is a program called Compassionate Conversations, to deepen relationships within the MJSC while addressing wide-spread issues facing our society today with respect and empathy.

Ms. Marcia Fingal is an accomplished documentary filmmaker, award winning producer and journalist. Marcia is currently Interim Program Manager for Intersections International, a global social justice ministry of the Collegiate Church of New York, as well as Program Director for TDI, The Declaration Initiative, an organization focused on dismantling the traps that keep 32 million Americans mired in poverty.

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