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Embracing the Other: Let’s talk about Difference and Connection
October 28 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pmFree-will Offering
Our religious traditions teach us that we should treat others with love, kindness, and generosity. Yet, our impulses and actions often betray those core values. Too frequently, fear and suspicion affect our relationships with those we perceive as “different.” On Oct 28 we will hear from several outstanding speakers who represent three traditions (Christianity, Islam, and Judaism) on the topic of embracing the other. They will guide us, provide lessons and stories from their own religious backgrounds and offer inspiring perspectives about connecting in a fractured world. Following this portion of the program, we will share a dialogue method that will help us engage more deeply with those who see things differently than we do. The training will enable individuals, families and young adults to gain new tools to address conflict without rancor. There will be an experiential component during the dialogue training.
The speakers will be:
- Deacon Art Miller, is a Catholic Deacon, author, radio host, revivalist and retired businessman.
- Rabbi Debra Cantor from B’nai Tikvoh Shalom in Bloomfield is a religious and community leader, accomplished artist, and writer who thrives on interfaith dialogue.
- Imam Safwan Shaikh serves as the Imam and Youth Minister at the Farmington Valley American Muslim Center. He has served the larger Connecticut community for nearly a decade and has previously taught Quranic Arabic. He also leads classes and discussions on various Islamic topics and provides services to the Muslim students at the University of Connecticut. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Religious Studies and Islamic Chaplaincy at the Hartford Seminary.
The Office of the Deaf Apostolate for the Archdiocese of Hartford on the campus of
The American School for the Deaf led by Deacon Dennis R. Ferguson will provide interpretation for the deaf community.
This event is appropriate for people aged 12 and up.
Register for this program by calling (860) 677-8519 or by using the form below. You may also download and print Embracing the Other