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Comparative Religion Series

Past Sessions
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 • 19 Adar 5778 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Temple Beth El
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 • 12 Adar 5778 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Temple Beth El
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 • 5 Adar 5778 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Temple Beth El
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 • 28 Sh'vat 5778 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Temple Beth El
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 • 21 Sh'vat 5778 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Temple Beth El
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 • 14 Sh'vat 5778 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Temple Beth El

Temple Beth El’s Comparative Religion Committee invites the entire Charlotte community to attend the 21st Annual Comparative Religion Series, “What Does God Want? And Who Speaks for God?”. From January 2018 through March 2018, the Series will examine the teachings surrounding Revelation. Printable copy of Comparative Religion 2018 flyer

Rabbi Asher Knight, Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth El, will provide an introduction to the Series on January 30. Rabbi Knight will share the Jewish perspective on this topic in order to deepen our understanding of the course of study and to foster thought-provoking discussions with our guest lecturers throughout the Series.

The Series will take place at Temple Beth El. Sessions will run from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on six successive Tuesday evenings, beginning January 30, 2018. Religious leaders representing Judaism, Unitarian Universalism, Christianity, Islam, and the Bahá'í faith will offer their points of view. Dr. Rodney Sadler, President of Mecklenburg Ministries with a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Biblical Archaeology, will conclude the 2018 Series on March 6, with an historical perspective across denominations exploring how faith communities balance the tension between adherence to a core religious text and adapting to a changing world. Dr. Sadler’s session will be moderated by Temple Beth El’s Assistant Rabbi, Dusty Klass.

More information about the program: Revelation may be defined as the communication of some truth by God to a rational creature through means which are beyond the ordinary course of nature. Clearly, there are many different interpretations of this definition. While some faith tenets purport revelation through visions, other religions profess revelation through the way God reveals knowledge of himself, his will, and his divine providence to the world of human beings. We will learn what the most prophetic voices of our faiths have to say about this compelling topic. Religious leaders representing several Charlotte area faiths will share interpretations of their faith’s teachings and offer insight into how they minister their congregations on this inspirational topic. Our guest lecturers will provide compelling answers to such questions as: How are God’s wishes revealed to humanity? Did revelation end or is it an ongoing process? Who has the authority to interpret revelation and what is the process for interpreting God’s wishes?

Annual Comparative Religion Series: The Series is offered at no cost to the public by the Temple Beth El Comparative Religion Committee. We are grateful for the Ted and M.E. Hessberg Endowment which supports community outreach programs. The annual Comparative Religion Series was established 21 years ago with the intent to educate our community, promote understanding and respect for all faiths, and reveal the commonalities in our differences.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - Rabbi Asher Knight, Senior Rabbi , Temple Beth El – Jewish perspective
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 -  Reverend Jay Leach, Senior Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte – Unitarian Universalist perspective
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - Reverend Dr. Peter M. Wherry, Pastor, Mayfield Memorial Missionary Baptist Church and Reverend Lisa Saunders, Associate Rector, Christ Church Charlotte – Christian perspective
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - Imam Atif Chaudhry, Imam and Religious Director, Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte – Muslim perspective
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 – Dr. Nabil Elias, Vice Chair and Public Information Officer, Bahá’í Community of Charlotte and Faculty Emeritus, Belk College of Business, University of North Carolina at Charlotte – Bahá’í faith perspective
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – Reverend Dr. Rodney Sadler, Associate Pastor, Mount Carmel Baptist Church and Associate Professor of Bible, Union Presbyterian Seminary – “How Faith Communities Balance the Tension between Adherence to a Core Religious Text and Adapt to a Changing World” : This session will provide an historical perspective across denominations and will be moderated by Temple Beth El’s Assistant Rabbi, Dusty Klass.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 -  Snow Date

If you have any questions, please contact Sue Hummel

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