Huntsville seminar: Christian, Hindu, Muslim leaders on ways to pass faith wisdom to children
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – A Christian, a Muslim and a Hindu walk into a university together. And what happens next, according to community leaders, is no joke – walking together can build a more harmonious, more creative, more inspiring place to live.
“Representatives from Christianity, Islam and Hinduism will clarify their deepest treasures at the heart of the paths they follow and identify the principles and practices that can be used to promote harmonious community,” Broyles said. “Each presentation will pursue harmony by looking at principles and practices that promote unity and generational wisdom that can be passed on to our families and children.”
The free afternoon seminar is being organized by the UAH Offices of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and by community organizations Asha Kiran, the Hindu Cultural Center of North Alabama and the Interfaith Mission Service. The local event is also listed as a part of the United Nations Master Schedule for World Interfaith Harmony Week. While the event is free, donations will be accepted, and organizers request that those coming let them know for planning purposes by emailingIMS@knology.net
“This is a day to unearth the commonalities and recognize the differences among Christianity, Islam and Hinduism,” said the Rev. Frank Broyles, who is helping to organize “A Day of Harmony Celebrating Religious Diversity” in Huntsville on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the University of Alabama at Huntsville’s Shelby Center, Room 107.
The goal of the afternoon seminar is to discover the value of achieving a “Beloved Community” and to conclude with a strategy for joint action to promote harmonious community.
Speakers include Salma Elkadi Abugideiri, co-director of the Peaceful Families Project, an organization dedicated to educating Muslim community leaders and members about domestic violence. She is also a member of the Interfaith Coalition against Domestic Violence and a licensed professional counselor in private practice in Reston, Va.
Abugideiri will also be speaking in Huntsville on Monday as a guest of the Mental Health Center of Madison County, Crisis Services of North Alabama and the Huntsville-Madison County Human Trafficking Task Force to lead a workshop on “Working with Muslim Survivors of Domestic Violence.”
Also speaking Saturday will be G. V. Raghu, M.D., of Chinmaya Mission in Atlanta. Dr. Raghu, who helped to found Chinmaya Mission, helps to spread the wisdom to be found in sacred Hindu scriptures.
Joining Abugideiri and Raghu will be Kathleen Lyons, the executive director of the internationally known Festival of Faiths, an annual event of the Center for Interfaith Relations in Louisville. The Center for Interfaith Relations grew out of the community work of the Catholic Heritage Foundation. The Foundation, as part of the 10-year project to renovate Louisville’s historic Cathedral of the Assumption, created the Center for Interfaith Relations as part of the cathedral’s role to mission to provide civic resources to the community.