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‘Interfaith Dialogue’ set for Mar. 23

By Staff | Mar 17, 2017

A coalition of educators and religious and community organizations from the area is sponsoring an “Interfaith Dialogue” at Shepherd University the evening of Thursday, Mar. 23.

The event will be held at the Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education, on the Shepherd East Campus at 213 North King Street, from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

It will feature a panel discussion that will include local religious leaders and a retired World Bank official.

Admission will be free and everyone is invited to attend.

The goal will be to foster interfaith dialogue and deeper understanding and appreciation of the common and unique features of the Christian, Hebrew, and Islamic faiths; to identify some of the main barriers to and benefits of greater acceptance and tolerance of religious diversity; and to encourage greater participation in efforts to address those barriers.

The panel members will be: the Rev. Joel Rainey, Senior Pastor at Shepherdstown’s Covenant Baptist Church; Rabbi Ari Plost, of Hagerstown’s Congregation B’Nai Abraham; Iman Faruq Post, of Islamic Society of Western Maryland in Hagerstown; and Dr. Tariq Husain, of Potomac, Maryland and Pakistan, a retired World Bank Senior Manager and global activist for justice and peace building.

The event is being cosponsored by: the Student Activities Program at Shepherd University; Ezekial’s Place (Justice and Peace Academy); the Hagerstown Area Religious Council; the Interfaith Coalition of Washington County, MD.; Covenant Baptist Church; Camp Hill United Methodist Church; Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church; the NAACP chapters of Jefferson and Berkeley counties, WV; the Shepherdstown Ministerial Association and the Rotary Club of Shepherdstown.

For more information, contact Richard Anson at ranson@ezekielsplace.org.