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Interfaith Reflections

Interfaith Reflections – by Rev. Gwen Bernstine, United Churches Executive Director

The Interfaith Panel of United Churches Interfaith Dialogue Commission spoke recently at the Hughesville Public Library.   On the panel representing Islam was Zokaa Rajjoub, Judaism, Marvin Hurwitz, Christianity – Protestant, Rev. Jeffrey LeCrone (and committee chair), and Christianity – Roman Catholic. Makenzie Conner.

Working to develop understanding and respect for people who are of different faiths led the Interfaith Dialogue Commission of United Churches to host three panel discussions throughout Lycoming County this past week.

A four member panel representing the three Abrahamic faith traditions, Judaism. Christianity and Islam were represented on the panel to answer questions from the forty four people who came out to learn.

So many acts of violence have been perpetuated by people who think what they are doing is it in the name of religion. Each of the faith traditions represented spoke of the basic tenant or “golden rule” of their faith. “In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets” -Jesus, Matthew 7:12 (Christianity). “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor, This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary” -Hillel, Talmud, Shabbat 31a (Judaism). “Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself” – The Prophet Muhammad, Hadith (Islam).

In order to understand more about these three faith traditions several books have been lifted up for possible summer reading. Suggested are….
  • Joshua in a Troubled World: A Story for Our Time, by Joseph F. Girzone
  • Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi, and an Imam, by Ted Falcon
  • Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others, by Barbara Brown Taylor
  • The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, and A Jew – Three Women Search for Understanding, by Ranya Idliby
  • Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth, A Collection of […]

Golf Tournament

Friday, September 27, 2019
9:00 AM Shotgun Start
Registration 8:15 AM
White Deer Heritage Course
Gwen Bernstine or Patty Gohrs
United Churches Office
202 East Third Street
Williamsport PA 17701
570-322-1110 or 570-419-1464
We’re looking forward to you joining us!
Golfers –  Sponsors – Committee Members and Helpers
It takes us all to keep our ministries going here in Lycoming County.

Enjoy a day of fun and fellowship – oh …. and some of you golf too!

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Golf Poster 2019
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