Several study groups are meeting in the metro area to read Eboo Patel's “Acts of Faith” together before the author's visit to Oklahoma City in October.
Rita Newton, retired executive director of the Oklahoma Conference of Churches, said Patel's most recent book, “Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice and the Promise of America,” also is drawing local readers.
Mark Davies, dean of the Petree College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma City University, said several events will be held at OCU in addition to Patel's presentation. They include the Pinwheels for Peace Festival and an International Day of Peace chapel service.
Another tie-in to the “Beyond Coexistence” initiative is the Oklahoma Humanities Council's “Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journey” reading and discussion series, at two sites around the state.
Sarbjit “Sabi” Singh, Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma president and a leader with the Sikh Gurdwara of Oklahoma, said several interfaith forums also are being planned to discuss common concerns among people of different faiths, such as health equity.
Vered Harris, rabbi of Temple B'nai Israel, said presentations by three people representing different faith traditions will be held during midweek evening sessions hosted by the temple, the Grand Mosque and the Raindrop Turkish House between mid-October and mid-November. She said the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service in Oklahoma City will focus on the theme “Thanksgiving and Service” and will kick off a joint project between the Respect Diversity Foundation and youths from Mercy School, the Islamic private school in northwest Oklahoma City, along with young people from Temple B'nai and Emanuel Synagogue.
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Study groups focusing on author Eboo Patel's book “Acts of Faith” are being organized across Oklahoma so that people may have the opportunity to discuss Patel's ideas about interfaith relationships. One study group began in July in Edmond. Another group will meet on Tuesdays in September at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Shawnee. For more information about study groups, contact Rita Newton at rita
In Oklahoma City: Charles Kimball, Ph.D., author of “When Religion Becomes Evil,” presidential professor and director of religious studies at the University of Oklahoma, will lead the program set for 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 10, Oct. 1 and 22, Nov. 12 and Dec. 1 at the Institute of Interfaith Dialog/
In Muskogee: Najwa Raouda, Ph.D., with Oklahoma State University, will lead discussions set for 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, Oct. 3 and 24 and Nov. 14 at Connors State College-
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