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A Statement of Solidarity: Identity Violence

We've had 6 great years of conversations and activity, thanks to all our friends in the Dubuque area. Keep our interfaith dialogue active; be part of the conversation.
Children of Abraham Conversations: (Thursdays at 7pm)

Sept 14: Star, Crescent, and Cross - Loras College, Alumni Center Ballroom

Oct 12: Scripture Study: Torah – Temple Beth El, 475 W Locust

Nov 16: Responding to the Abuse of Power – 1st Congregational UCC

Jan 25: Scripture Study: Qur’an – Tri-State Islamic Center, 4980 Radford Court

Feb 22: Scripture Study: Bible – Emmaus Bible College, 2570 Asbury Road, Chapel

Mar 22: Violent Passages in the Holy Books – UDubuque, Hadley Aud, Tech Center

Apr 26: Stories, Storytelling, and Peacebuilding – St. Elias Church, 419 N Grandview Ave


Children of Abraham Activities & Hospitality Festivals:

In addition to our Scripture Study at Temple Beth El on October 12 at 7pm, we will host the popular annual Sukkot harvest celebration (with dinner) starting at 6pm. You're certainly invited; come hungry.


Who and What We Are:

We are an organized group in the Dubuque, Iowa, area that believes in and acts to have meaningful interfaith conversations. We have finished our third year,'s time to get serious - website, more activities - that sort of stuff. So, plan to join us for our fourth year, coming up 2014-2015. These conversations are aimed at enhancing understanding of religious traditions in a non-threatening, non-competitive environment. These conversations are not debates but rather dialogues grounded in civility, a willingness to listen to others, and a commitment to learn and reflect with respect. We love round table group discussions, when possible - often with a bit of food (who doesn't?).


Who and What We Are - the Video

10 minute documentary from Spring 2015 by Loras students Lina Rodriguez Araujo and Mareah Adolphs. Thanks to Lina, Mareah and all who participated. Once again, a great reflection on our community.

- October 26, 2017: Martin Luther and Antisemitism
In this, the 500 year anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 theses nailed to the door of Wittenberg Castle church, we will discuss antisemitism in Luther's writings.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1755 Delhi St, Dubuque. 7-8:15pm.

There are three distinct parts to this presentation. First, Professor Craig Nessan, Academic Dean and Professor of Contextual Theology at Wartburg Theological Seminary, will present his Luther research and his recent publication about Luther and antisemitism. Second, Professor John Eby, Associate Professor of History and Chairperson for Faculty Senate at Loras College will address issues of Medieval antisemitism. Third, Professor Alan Garfield, Professor of Digital Art and Design and Director of the Bisignano Art Gallery at the University of Dubuque, will talk about the rise of antisemitism in America in the 21st century.

- September 24, 2017: Concert for NonViolence at U of Dubuque
Our inter-religious group believes in the sacredness of life. Civil discourse and love of humanity are at the core of everything we try to do. In this event, we joined with DACU - Dubuque Area Congregations United (, the Dubuque Coalition for Non-Violence and the Dubuque International Day of Peace in sponsoring this Concert for NonViolence.

As part of the week long International Day of Peace celebration, the Concert for NonViolence is a combination two-hour concert and reflection on nonviolence. The power of music to reach far and wide has fueled countless important movements in recent decades. Now is the time to turn up the music to turn down the hateful rhetoric that has become a hallmark of the gun debate. All invited. Musicians: Kristina Castaneda, Ralph Kluseman, and Linda Niemann. Speaker: Alan Garfield “Nonviolence in the Abrahamic Tradition”.

WI Council of Churches Interfaith Report
Sr. Betty Kugi shares this marvelous resource from the Wisconsin Council of Churches. Their publication is "Loving our Interfaith Neighbors: A Study-Action Guide" which can be downloaded here.

Various Events 2015-2016 (in addition to our Thursday night discussions):
- February 20, 2016. RIVERCROSSING Storytelling and Interfaith Conference at Loras College, sponsored by IFYC, Clarke University, Loras College and the University of Dubuque.

Recent Past Highlights.
- Interfaith Discussion at the Dyersville Library, 9-2-17.
- Peace Rally - From Paris to Chapel Hill: A Neighborly Stand Against Religious Prejudice.
        Monday, March 9, 2015.

This was a time for the Dubuque community to join together (hence the neighborly) with UD/Loras/Clarke/Wartburg and other students, faculty, and Dubuquers to rally against religious intolerance. Over 200 folks came. Local, regional and national interest.

Why? (Do you really have to ask?) We have been witnessing violence because of intolerance with increased frequency this year. This is not only about the rise of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, though it is clearly about that, but also about the savage violence done to those of different races and religions. Plain and simple, we’re doing this because this is, in fact, what we at the Children of Abraham stand for. And we feel compelled to stand in solidarity especially with our Jewish and Muslim neighbors at this time.

- C of Abraham article in PC(USA) online in 2015.
Thank you Bonnie Sue Lewis, from Westminster Presbyterian Church and the Children of Abraham Board, and Melody Smith, from Prebyterian News Service, for an online article in PC(USA)'s website:
- Comedian Azhar Usman, March 5, 2015 at 7pm.
This was indeed a special event. This Muslim comedian came to Dubuque to do a stand up comedy act at Loras College at 7 pm. Thanks to grants from the City of Dubuque Arts and Culture Commission and Loras College's Kucera Center for Catholic Studies, this event was open and free to the public, and 300 people came - laughed and reflected. Thanks John and Stacia for all your hard work.  azhar usman poster 8.5x11.pdf    
Past Topics have included:
- Love and Sex.
- Creation.
- God.
- Abraham.
- Moses.
- Women.
- Conversion and Proselytizing.
- Civil Disobedience.
- Prayer.
- Joseph.
- Scripture Studies.
Past Conversations and Celebrations...2014-2015
Pictures from our 10-24-15 event. Festival Hospitality. Tri-State Islamic Center. 10th of Muharram.
Pictures from our 10-15-15 Conversation. Scripture study of the Qur'an at Wartburg Seminary.
Pictures from our 9-29-15 event. Festival Hospitality. Sukkot at Temple Beth El with a dinner.
Pictures from our 9-27-15 event: Needless Victims: Against Gun Violence at UDubuque.
Pictures from our 4-16-15 event: The Afterlife at Wartburg Seminary.
Pictures from our 3-9-15 event: Peace March from Loras, Clarke and Wartburg with A Neighborly Stand Against Religious Prejudice at UD.     TH Frontpage News Article
Pictures from our 11-20-14 event: Noah in the 3 Traditions.
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Pictures from our 11-13-14 event Carrie Newcomer: Singer, Songwriter, Spiritualist.

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Don't forget to visit us at Children of Abraham Facebook page

October 26: Martin Luther and Antisemitism. Discussion of Luther by Professor Craig Nessan, Wartburg Theological Seminary. Discussion of Medieval Antisemitism by Professor John Eby, Loras College. Discussion of 21st American Antisemitism by Professor Alan Garfield, University of Dubuque. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. 1755 Delhi. 7-8:15pm.

November 16: Responding to the Abuse of Power. First Congregational United Church of Christ. 255 W 10th Street. Dubuque.


Qur’an Study every Wednesday: 5:30-6:30pm in the Interfaith Prayer Space (Alumni Campus Center 580) at Loras College.


Questions or concerns? Just email us.

Q: What inspired this series of faith based conversations?
Dubuque’s Children of Abraham grew out of inter-religious friendships that were simply too rich not to share. John Eby (a Christian professor of History, Loras College), Alan Garfield (a Jewish professor of Computer Graphics at the University of Dubuque), Adib Kassas (a Muslim psychiatrist at Mercy Hospital), Bonnie Sue Lewis (a Presbyterian Christian professor of Mission at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary), and John Waldmeir (a Catholic professor of Religion at Loras College) decided to organize interfaith conversations so as to broaden the dialogue and learn from others.
Our family album (some special events) from 2015-2018
Pictures from our 10-12-17 Sukkot celebration, dinner and Jewish Scripture Study. 5pm - build the Sukkah; 6pm - Sukkot Service; 6:15 - Dinner; 7-8:15 Jewish Scripture Study. Ecclesiastes Chap 1/3: Kate Scheinman, Becca Gottlieb and Alan Garfield in the Jewish tradition, Rev. Stephanie Schlimm in a Christian tradition (Epworth United Methodist Church) and Dr. Tauseef Khan in the Muslim tradition. About 150 people food left. A great time.
A few pictures from our very successful first conversation of the year on 09-14-17 involving Alan Garfield (Jewish), Adib Kassas (Muslim), Fr. Dustin Lyon (Greek Orthodox) perspectives on the essences of their religions. In addition a bibliography of further reading was distributed. Not many pics; but a great time at Loras College.
Pictures from our 04-20-17 event at Wartburg Seminary. Hosted by Dean Craig Nessan, Adib Kassas led us in Scripture study of Surah 24 Alnur in the Quran. Ben Brown (Christian) and Alan Garfield (Jewish) led us in reactions to the Surah. Lively discussion.
Pictures from our 03-23-17 event at the University of Dubuque. Over 150 in Hadley Auditorium as John Eby, Bonnie Sue Lewis, Adib Kassas and Alan Garfield talked about the Impact of 6 years of Interfaith conversations. Definitely not a session to have missed.
Pictures from our 02-15-17 event at the new Mosque. We had an overflow crowd (over 100 surely) in the Social Hall. Conversation - Life Ethics.
Pictures from our 10-20-16 event. Festival Hospitality of Sukkot. Dinner. Conversation - Ecology and Faith. Temple Beth El.
Pictures from our 4-10-16 Festival of Hospitality, Pan-Orthodox Vespers, at Wartburg Seminary with Fr. Peter Andronache, Fr. Fred Shaheen, Fr. Germogen Tucker, Fr. Ignatius Valentine and Fr. Dustin Lyon.
Pictures from our 2-18-16 conversation, Coming of Age, at the Tri-State Islamic Center on Thursday evening. Thanks to our panelists Tauseef Khan, Sammy Eckrich and Phyllis Garfield.
Pictures from our 1-31-16 event, Songs of the Soul, at Sinsinawa Mounds on Sunday afternoon. Thanks to Fr. Dustin Lyon for organizing this chant and fellowship time.
Pictures from our 1-28-16 event, Torah Study, at Clarke University.
Pictures from our 12-1 and 12-3 2015 event. Jerusalem 3D Film at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. 130 people, 2 nights.
Pictures from our 11-19-15 event. The Purpose of Life Conversation. Temple Beth El. With over 180 people, we're not used to SRO; special thanks to our Saudi students. KCRG news article.
Our Friends:

We are very thankful for the encouraging support (financial and enthusiastic) by the following institutions:

- Loras College

- University of Dubuque