Celebrating Different Faiths at Merrimack
Honored that evening were seniors Anna Ndamba of Framingham, MA; Iqra Iftikhar of Wakefield; Chelsea Comfort of Franklin; and Neha Patel of Southborough.
The Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations hosted the “Feast of Faiths,” our third annual dialogue dinner facilitated by students, on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. This dinner was held in the Rogers Center for the Arts from 5:00-7:00pm, and was based around a discussion celebrating differences in faith and finding common ground within each other.
We find the value of interfaith engagement supported by St. Augustine: “There is no one in the human race to whom we do not owe love” (Letter 130:13); and in Augustine’s urging that in dialogue and debate we always, “audi alteram partem—listen to the other” (De Duabus Animabus XVI, ii).
The “Feast of Faiths” was followed by “Where We Dwell Together: 11th Annual Interfaith Prayer” at 7:00 p.m. in Cascia Hall, featuring the interfaith harmonies of Mackapella!
Lessons of Faith: Alumna’s Bequest to Strengthen Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at MerrimackEileen Jennings ’64, admits that she spent most of her life largely unaware of the specific teachings of the Muslim religion, and its many similarities with Christianity. But that changed dramatically in 2007, when she met an Afghan man named Israr who has since brought religious tolerance, sustaining friendship, and a new calling into Jennings’ life. Today, through the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations Jennings has reached out to share those gifts with the Merrimack community.
Wiesenthal Center’s “The Courage to Remember: The Holocaust 1933-1945” Poster Exhibit at McQuade