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An Interfaith Encounter, Sunday Oct. 30 1:30-5:15pm


Come explore a new way for Muslims, Jews, and Christians to be together with sensitivity to one another’s faiths.

Against the backdrop of the recent divisive political rhetoric in this country that has  demonized “the other,”interfaith-3 our hope is to look at the three Abrahamic faiths, represented by three speakers, in an effort to move beyond passive acceptance of those who hold different religious beliefs to a place of seeing all  people as brothers and sisters.

We hope to find unity in diversity and to come to a belief that what is held separately can be  richer in relationship.


  • Prayer of invocation
  • Welcome and orientation
  • Performance by the women’s a cappella group,  Full Circle
  • Introductions
  • Question & Answer
  • Break Small group discussion
  • Question & Answer
  • Conclusion
  • Dismissal


The Rev. Bob Patterson, who has decades of experience with interfaith dialog, will be the moderator for the panel.


Reza Jalali, an Iranian Kurd now living in Maine, who formerly taught Islam at Bangor Theological Seminary and who currently is the coordinator of Multicultural Student Affairs at USM and the Muslim chaplain at Bowdoin College and is the author of three books, will represent the Muslim faith.

Rabbi Carolyn Braun, who serves temple Beth El in Portland and has been deeply involved in interfaith activities, will represent the Jewish faith.

Dr. Christopher Leighton, who is a Presbyterian minister and retired academic and is the recently retired executive director of the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies in Baltimore, will represent the Christian faith.

Free and Open to the public
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