Sacred Threads: The Complex Tapestry of Interfaith Relations

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Join us on Sunday, September 11, 2022 from 1:00 – 7:00pm for a half-day conference of reflections and conversation about the changing nature of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian interfaith work since 1965.

Join people from diverse religious traditions for a regional interfaith conference entitled “Sacred Threads: The Complex Tapestry of Interfaith Relations.” We will explore the remarkable content of Nostra Aetate — the 1965 watershed document issued by Vatican II that set into motion introspection, reconciliation, and interfaith dialogue.

Through the groundbreaking declaration Nostra Aetate, the Catholic Church began its long journey toward meaningful interfaith dialogue. For the first time, the Church stated its intent to revere “the work of G-d in all major faith traditions.” An outcome of Vatican II, it focused, in part, on the fraught relationships between Catholics and Jews. It was informed by the Holocaust and committed the Church to end antisemitic and anti-Jewish practices. While this document set the course for interfaith healing, continuing antisemitic sentiment makes painfully clear this ancient hatred is alive, well, and a threat.

Nostra Aetate additionally addresses the Church’s relationship to Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism.  Our Sacred Threads Conference features Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim scholars who are building on the work of Nostra Aetate. The program will empower people of faith, from all faiths, to reflect on the steps we must take to counter antisemitism and Islamaphobia and advance interfaith understanding.

The conference also includes music, poetry, art, spirituality, and small group discussions and dialogue. We will end our program with an original musical composition based on Nostra Aetate by Beth Schafer, Jewish musician and composer, Bunzl Family Cantorial Chair at Temple Sinai in Atlanta and Fr. Ricky Manalo, CSP, Christian musician, composer and educator – a composition many years in the making.  We will end the conference celebrating our fellowship with a wine and cheese reception that will start at 6:00 pm.

Partners in planning the conference include Belmont Abbey College, the Stan Greenspon Holocaust and Social Justice Education Center at Queens University, MeckMIN, and Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte. The conference is additionally sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte, First United Methodist Church of Gastonia, Islamic Society of Gastonia, Paulist Fathers, Temple Beth El of Charlotte, Temple Emanuel of Gastonia, Temple Israel of Charlotte, Temple Sinai of Atlanta, Janet and Mark Epstein, Lynda and William Gross, Richard Osborne, and Marshall Rauch.

Registration now open: Click Here

Registration closes: Midnight September 10, 2022.

Location: Queens University of Charlotte and Myers Park Baptist Church

Virtual Option: Participants can attend virtually (through Zoom)

For more information, email info@stangreensponcenter.org.

Overview of Program:

12:30-1:00 pm, Arrival and Check-In
Belk Chapel Rotunda, Queens University

1:00 pm, Welcome
Belk Chapel, Queens University

Dr. Adrian Bird, Interim Chaplain, Queens University of Charlotte, Former Chair, Interfaith Partners of South Carolina

Mark Epstein, Member, Gaston Interfaith Trialogue

Judy LaPietra, Assistant Director, Stan Greenspon Holocaust and Social Justice Education Center

1:05-1:35 pm, Opening Program, “Our Sacred Encounter” Prayer, Music, and Testimonies
Belk Chapel, Queens University

  • Rev. Ricky Manalo, CSP, Ph.D., Catholic Composer and Theologian
  • Beth Schafer, Jewish Composer, Performer and Bunzl Family Cantorial Chair at Temple Sinai in Atlanta
  • Rabbi Judy Schindler, Sklut Professor of Jewish Studies, Queens University
  • Imam Anis Haque, Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte

1:35-2:00 pm, Small Group Discussions, Encountering Each Other
Belk Chapel, Queens University

Donna Tarney, M.R.E, Education and Outreach Specialist, Stan Greenspon Center, Queens University

2:00-4:00 pm, Coffee Set Up Available
Main Lobby, Heaton Hall, Myers Park Baptist Church

2:15-3:30 pm, Nostra Aetate Panel Discussion
Heaton Hall, Myers Park Baptist Church

  • Dr. Adrian Bird, Former Chair, Interfaith Partners of South Carolina  
  • Dr. Hadia Mubarak, Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religion, Queens University of Charlotte
  • Dr. Malka Z. Simkovich, Crown-Ryan Chair of Jewish Studies and Director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago IL
  • Dr. Matthew Tapie, Assistant Professor of Theology  and Director of Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies, St. Leo’s University, St. Leo FL
  • Moderator: Dr. Alessandro Rovati, Belmont Abbey College

3:30-4:00 pm – Coffee Break with Social Connections and Reflections
Main Lobby, Myers Park Baptist Church

4:00-4:30 pm, Small Group Discussions – Encountering Nostra Aetate
Heaton Hall, Myers Park Baptist Church

Donna Tarney, M.R.E, Education and Outreach Specialist, Stan Greenspon Center, Queens University

4:30-5:30 pm, Keynote Address
Heaton Hall, Myers Park Baptist Church

Dr. Peter Ochs, Edgar M. Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies, University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA

“Reasoning with the Logos, In this World, In the Light of Nostra Aetate” (Virtual presentation)

5:30 – Gratitude

  • Rabbi Judy Schindler, Sklut Professor of Jewish Studies, Queens University
  • Reverend LeDayne McLeese Polaski, Executive Director, MeckMIN (Mecklenburg Metropolitan Interfaith Network)

5:35-5:50 pm, Closing Prayer
Heaton Hall, Myers Park Baptist Church

  • Rev. Ricky Manalo, CSP, Ph.D., Catholic Composer and Theologian
  • Beth Schafer, Jewish Composer, Performer, and Bunzl Family Cantorial Chair, Temple Sinai, Atlanta
  • Reverend Richard Boyce, Dean, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Charlotte
  • Dr. Alessandro Rovati, Chair and Assistant Professor, Theology, Belmont Abbey College
  • Rabbi Lexi Erdheim, Associate Rabbi, Temple Beth El, Charlotte
  • Rafat Hamam, Islamic Society of Gastonia

6:00-7:00 pm, Closing Reception (with appetizers, refreshments & wine)
Belk Chapel, Queens University

Comments

  1. Please let us know if there is a cost involved
    and where everything will be taking place

    1. Thanks for being in touch about the conference. The event will be taking place at the Belk Chapel at Queens University and in Heaton Hall at Myers Park Baptist Church. There is also a Zoom option. It is $25 to attend in person and $10 to attend virtually. Here’s the registration link: https://engage.queens.edu/register/nostraaetatefall2022.

  2. Betsy Thigpen, member of Myers Park Baptist Church. Very interested. Hope I can attend.

  3. I would like to participate via Zoom…..this sounds like an outstanding event.

    1. Participants will be placed into small group zoom rooms for the two small group discussions. Those who are registered will get a confirmation and a chance to identify how they religiously identify so that we can create diverse groups. If you haven’t registered for the conference yet, here’s the zoom link: https://engage.queens.edu/register/nostraaetatefall2022. We’d love for you to join us.

  4. Congratulations on making this conference come to life. Our mazal tov to Mark and Janet Epstein , from their Mom and Dad.

  5. Congratulations on making this conference come to life. Our mazal tov to Mark and Janet Epstein , Beth Schafer and all of their co-workers.

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