Pictures from our 10-12-17 Sukkot celebration, dinner and Jewish Scripture Study. Everyone came together at 5pm to build the Sukkah. There was a short service and then we went to the Temple Beth El Social Hall where Phyllis Garfield had prepared a meal for 40 (there were over 70). Then from 7-8:15pm the Scripture Study was from Ecclesiastes (Kohelet in Hebrew) - the traditional reading for Sukkot. Kate Scheinman, Becca Gottlieb and Alan Garfield interpreted Chapters 1 and 3 from a Jewish tradition, Rev. Stephanie Schlimm interpreted from a Christian standpoint (Epworth United Methodist Church) and Dr. Tauseef Khan related the piece to Islam and the Koran. About 150 people and...no food left. A great time.
Pictures from our 09-14-17 beginning-of-the-year event. On the microphone were: Alan Garfield (Jewish), Adib Kassas (Muslim), and Fr. Dustin Lyon (Greek Orthodox) giving 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. Craig Nessan, Dean at Wartburg Seminary, moderated this scripture study. Led by Adib Kassas with Surah 24 Alnur, the respondants were Ben Brown from a Christian perspective and Alan Garfield from a Jewish perspective. Our last conversation of the season indeed a lively discussion.
Pictures from our 03-23-17 event. John Eby moderated (and contributed) as our three original members of the Children of Abraham, Bonnie Sue Lewis from Westminster Presbyterean Church, Adib Kassas from Tri-State Islamic Center, and Alan Garfield from Temple Beth El, talked about the impact of interfaith on them and their lives. This was definitely NOT a session to have missed. There were over 150 who packed Hadley Auditorium at the University of Dubuque (with others sitting on the stairs and aisles).
Pictures from our 02-15-17 event. Meryem Oahbi moderated our three speakers, Adrian Letz, Tauseef Khan and Kate Scheinman. The topic was Life Ethic and each speaker focused on a different issue in that broad subject. The crowd was over 100 persons and it was an amazing night.
Pictures from our 10-20-16 event. At our Board Meeting, we decided to hold off on our Festival Hospitality celebration this year. But since Sukkot fell on our scheduled conversation time and the conversation was about Ecology and Faith, it was a natural to do all three events: Sukkot Celebration, Dinner and Ecology and Faith conversation. We had c. 100 persons. Our chefs were Phyllis Garfield, Fern Reinstein and Cindy Pearce, from Temple Beth El. Our participants were Kate Scheinman from Temple Beth El (Jewish), Eric Anglada from Sinsinawa Mounds (Catholic), and Adib Kassas (Muslim), hosted by Alan Garfield from Temple Beth El. It was a fabulous night, 3-in-1. It is hard, in words, to describe the positive, life-affirming feeling in the sanctuary that night. Maybe the pics can help show that feeling.
Pictures from our 4-10-16 Festivals series. This occurred on Sunday, at 7pm. In attendance for this special Greek Pan-Orthodox Vespers Service were Fr. Peter Andronache, Fr. Fred Shaheen, Fr. Germogen Tucker, Fr. Ignatius Valentine and Fr. Dustin Lyon.
Pictures from our 2-18-16 conversation at the Tri-State Islamic Center. Speaking were Tauseef Khan, Sammy Eckrich and Phyllis Garfield. Great evening. The topic was - Coming of Age: How We Transition for Child to Adult in Catholicism, Judaism and Islam.
Pictures from our 1-31-16 special celebration at Sinsinawa Mounds, thanks to the hospitality and generosity of the Dominican Sisters, on Sunday at 3pm. Huge event on a warm and brilliant Sunday afternoon. Thanks to Fr. Dustin Lyon for organizing this joint chant and fellowship together.
Pictures from our 1-28-16 event on Torah study at Clarke University. The subject was Shabbat.
Pictures from our 12-1 and 12-3 2015 event. Jerusalem 3D Film at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. Sponsored by the Wendt Center for Character Initiative at the University of Dubuque, DACU (Dubuque Area Congregations United) and the Kucera Center for Catholic Studies at Loras College. Both shows were SRO, with 130 per night.
Pictures from our 11-19-15 conversation. The topic was the Purpose of Life and we heard from Dalia abdul Rahim, Sr. Pat Conlon, Jonas Meyer, Alan Garfield and Chaminda Prelis. The Temple was packed. Our usual number of 50-70 people grew to over 180. It was standing room only. Thanks to Phyllis Garfield and Cindy Pearce for organizing the food for everyone. It was a very long night, the last folks leaving around 11pm.
Pictures from our 10-24-15 event. Festival Hospitality. Tri-State Islamic Center. 10th of Muharram. This was an offering of hospitality to the Muslim community recognizing the Israelite’s freedom from Pharaoh. We had fellowship, prayers, and a feast. We gathered at 6:00 p.m. and break-the-fast started at 6:30pm.
Pictures from our 10-15-15 Conversation. Wartburg Seminary. Focus was on a scripture in the Qur'an. Thanks, Sami, for the great photos and thanks, Craig, for the hospitality.
Pictures from our 9-29-15 event. Festival Hospitality. Sukkot at Temple Beth El. Building, decorating, praying at the Sukkah and then eating at Temple Beth El. Thanks to Phyllis Garfield and Fern Reinstein for organizing the meal. About 75 in attendance.
Pictures from our 9-27-15 event. Needless Victims: Against Gun Violence March and Rally at University of Dubuque with Alan Garfield, David Cochran, Matt Zanger and Jeremy Brigham with c.100 in attendance.
Pictures from our 4-16-15 event: The Afterlife in Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism with Alan Garfield, Fr. Dustin Lyons, Lori Murphy, Chaminda Prelis and Ali Samoo with c.115 in attendance.
Pictures from our 3-9-15 event: After Paris and Chapel Hill: A Neighborly Stand Against Religious Prejudice at UD with just over 200 in attendance.
Pictures from our 11-20-14 event: Noah from 3 Traditions at Clarke University in the Chapel. 125 in attendance.
Pictures from our 11-13-14 Carrie Newcomber Event: An Evening with Singer, Songwriter, Spiritualist Carrie Newcomer at University of Dubuque, Hadley Auditorium. 60 in attendance.
Pictures from our 11-01-14 Festival Hospitality Event: 10th of Muharram festival at the Tri State Islamic Center.
Pictures from our 10-23-14 Scripture Study: Genesis 18. "The Power of Hospitality". Temple Beth El. (enthusiasic 75 people).
Alan Garfield, Breann ? and Adib Kassas.
Pictures from our 10-8-14 Festival Hospitality event: Celebrate and Build a Sukkah at Temple Beth El.