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Center For Interfaith Projects Newsletter

Building Bridges and Educating the Community
Multi-Faith Observance of Peace Day
Join us September 21 for a multi-faith observance of the International Day of Peace, with music and readings from sacred texts. There will be a 7p.m. Peace Pole Dedication at the NDSU Lutheran Center: 1201 13th Avenue N. (Sponsored by the Lutheran Peace Initiative.) Following this event, there will be an interfaith peace service at 7:30 p.m. in the NDSU Alumni Center Atrium Room, 1241 N. University Drive, Fargo. Representatives from the following faiths will share words of peace from their traditions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, the Baha'i Faith, Unitarian Universalism, and Native American Spirituality. (Sponsored by the Center for Interfaith Projects, the Baha'i Community, the Presentation Sisters, and the Unitarian Universalist Church.) The International Day of Peace was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981. Refreshments will be served after the 7:30 event.
Eboo Patel at Concordia: An Inspiring Speech
On August 30, Thursday evening, the young charismatic leader of the interfaith movement, Dr. Eboo Patel (an Ismaili Muslim), spoke of pluralism as deeply rooted in American history, citing as an example a letter by George Washington to the Hebrew Congregation at Newport, affirming the place of Jews in the American faith community. Speaking to a standing room only crowd, Dr. Patel asserted that interfaith leadership requires three steps: telling positive stories about interfaith friendships, fostering relationships between people of different faiths, and organizing interfaith actions to benefit the community. Prior to Dr. Patel's talk, there was an interfaith dinner in Dr. Patel's honor that brought together people from 19 faith traditions! A special thanks to Concordia's Director of the Forum on Faith and Life, Dr. Jacqueline Bussie: without her efforts the visit of this inspiring speaker would not have occurred. 
Topics Being Explored
One Tree Many Branches The Center is exploring the organization of public interfaith discussions on the following topics: religion and domestic violence, on being good without God, and spirituality and serious illness. If you think that you or someone you know would make a good panelist for one of these topics, please contact the Center by phone or email. If you have ideas for interfaith panels or interfaith events,we welcome them.  

David Myers
Center for Interfaith Projects
111 Broadway
Fargo, ND 58102
701 388-7368