Sept 15: Religion and Politics - Loras College, Alumni Center Ballroom
Oct 20: Ecology and Faith – Temple Beth El, 475 W Locust
Nov 17: Scripture Study (Torah) - Steeple Square, 1584 White Street
Jan 26: Scripture Study (Christian Bible) – Westminster Presbyterian Church
Feb 16: Life Ethic (Abortion, Capital Punishment ...) – Tri-State Islamic Center
Mar 23: The Impact of Interfaith – University of Dubuque, Hadley Aud
Apr 20: Scripture Study (Qur’an) – Wartburg Seminary, 333 Wartburg
In addition to our Ecology and Faith conversation at Temple Beth El on October 20 at 7pm, we will host the popular annual Sukkot harvest celebration (with food) starting at 6pm. Come hungry.
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, so...it'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?).
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.
- March 31, 2016. Special Event: Mo Amer Comedy Show
- Loras College students/staff/faculty left Loras with posters at 2pm to march up Loras Boulevard to University Ave (outside of Blades Chapel). Contact person was John Eby.
- Clarke University students/staff/faculty left Clarke with posters at 2pm to meet on University Ave (outside of Blades Chapel). Contact person was Donnie Wood.
- University of Dubuque students/staff/faculty met in Blades courtyard to make posters and line the walk outside of Blades Chapel. Contact person was Alan Garfield.
- Wartburg Seminary students/staff/faculty left Wartburg with posters at 2pm to meet on University Ave (outside of Blades Chapel). Contact person was Craig Nessan.
The program: 3-4pm various speakers including Dr. David Cochran and Dr. Jeremy Brigham. Time for conversation and action items were during refreshments at 4pm. KWWL had video on Sunday's news and the TH ran an article on the Against Gun Violence Rally on its front page on Monday, September 28, 2015.
- Our interfaith family was invited to share in the observance and joy of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot on Tuesday, September 29, from 5pm, at Temple Beth El, 475 W Locust Street in Dubuque. Sukkot is a 7-day festival, beginning on the 15th day of Tishri, which in the modern calendar is always the 5th day after the most solemn of Jewish holy days, Yom Kippur. By contrast, then, Sukkot is unreservedly joyful. We celebrated it by (1) building/decorating the Sukkah (a temporary little wooden booth outside the Temple) and (2) eating together after Sukkot prayers were said.
- The Sukkah is a temporary structure built during the Jewish festival of Sukkot to commemorate the 40 years that Jews spent wandering the desert (Biblical times). It is a symbolic wilderness shelter, symbolizing both the frailty and transience of life and God’s presence always in our lives. Most of us live in houses or apartments built by others. Most of us eat bread baked by professionals. Sukkah-building gives us the chance to enjoy the fruits of our own labor, decorated with harvest-time crops. It shouldn’t be an elegant structure (don’t worry, it won’t be); it should be a rough shack built by many hands.
- This was a joyous joint activity. Children of Abraham friends joined with Temple Beth El members to built this temporary structure and then decorate it. We had flowers, branches, corn stalks, fruits, and vegetables – all sorts of Fall Harvest symbols to decorate the Sukkah. The temporary nature of the structure is part of the tradition; it is important to have walls but also to see the sky thru the roof.
- The food, prepared principally by Phyllis Garfield and Fern Reinstein, fed the 75 or so participants. This was a time for laughing, praying, sharing and thanking. - October 24, 2015: 10th of Muharram festival at the Tri-State Islamic Center:
- The event is October 24: 10th of Muharram festival at the Tri-State Islamic Center (805 Century Drive, in back of the JFK Mall, next to Happy Joe’s). This will be a vegetarian potluck to help our Muslim friends celebrate the end of their fast. We should plan to bring food, set up at 5:45pm, and then eating/prayers will start a bit after 6pm. - This list will be updated frequently with more Festival Hospitality and Service Activities:
- More information will be posted as we confirm our events, so please check back. In the meantime, don't forget our monthy Conversations on Thursdays at 7pm. See above.
- September 29, 2015: Festival Hospitality at Temple Beth El:
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.
- 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
- Conversion and Proselytizing.
- Civil Disobedience.
- Scripture Studies.