Interfaith Panel Discussion, Nov. 12

The latest event in our Muslim Journeys programming series will take place on Wednesday, November 12 at 7 p.m. with the interfaith panel discussion “All Abraham’s Children: What Judaism, Islam, and Christianity Share.” at the Central Branch, 79 Highland Avenue. The program is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association, and aims to familiarize the American public with Islam, the cultural heritage of Islamic civilizations around the world. We’re accustomed to talking about the differences between religions, how Jews are different from Christians, or what distinguishes Islam from both. But what do the three have in common? All are monotheisms that originated in the Middle East, a sacred text is central to all three religions, all claim the patriarch Abraham as part of the history of their faith. Join us as Dr. Ghiath Reda of the Islamic Center of Boston, Rabbi Eliana Jacobowitz of Temple B’nai B’rith of Somerville, and Rev. Jeff Mansfield of the First Church of Somerville try to find common ground among their religions, and discuss what they can learn from each other. Alexis Gewertz of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School will moderate.

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