The first round of Meet Your Neighbors sessions went so well that Carmel Interfaith Alliance President Jerry Zehr decided it was time to bring the series back.
The Carmel Interfaith Alliance is partnering with the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Human Relations to co-sponsor the Meet Your Neighbors forum. The free public sessions are held Thursday nights from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the city council chambers room in City Hall, starting Oct. 4 with The Jewish Faith with Rabbi Dennis Sasso. Zehr, the pastor of Carmel Christian Church, will facilitate the sessions.
“We found we had such a great response from last year, we wanted another series and to give people an opportunity who didn’t get a chance to make all of them (last time) to come back and ask questions and learn more about the different faith traditions,” Zehr said.
Zehr said when people had the opportunity to ask some of their own questions, it really stimulated the conversation for everyone.
Each speaker will talk about their beliefs, misconceptions people have formed and common themes with other faith traditions. Zehr said the majority of time is spent on the question and answer session.
It was held at Carmel Christian Church in 2017 and there were approximately 70 people each week.
“You don’t have to come to all, you can come to any of them that you want to,” Zehr said. “In light of the vandalism at the Carmel synagogue (Congregation Shaarey Tefilla) and seeing the response of almost a thousand people coming for the service of solidarity (July 30), we seem to have a desire to learn about each other’s faith traditions and it will help us to (discuss) misconceptions people have.”
- Oct. 4: The Jewish Faith, Rabbi Dennis Sasso
- Oct. 11: The Sikh Faith, K.P. Singh
- Oct. 18: The Hindu Faith, Dr. Anita Joshi
- Oct. 25: The Christian Faith, Father Lucas Christensen, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Practitioner Sharon Stoughton Jackson, First Church of Christ, Scientist and Rev. Lori Bievenour, St. Peter’s United Church of Christ
- Nov. 1: The Muslim Faith, Muzaffar Ahmad