Abrahamic Dinner

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Niagara Foundation, along with the Kaufman Interfaith Institute, organizes the Abrahamic Dinner every year for the purpose of strengthening friendship and understanding among three Abrahamic Traditions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We proudly host a diverse group of guests, including clergy from churches, synagogues, and mosques, academicians from universities and seminaries, and leaders of many charitable and civic organizations.

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2018: LISTENING TO NEW VOICES


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In the spirit of Sarah, Hagar, and Mary, we took time to hear the voices and stories of women leaders who are bringing new life to interfaith understanding in our community.

Speakers included:

Zahabia Ahmed-Usmani, Program Coordinator at the Kaufman Interfaith Institute

Shelby Bruseloff, Student Life Coordinator at Hillel Campus Alliance of Michigan

Margarita Solis-Deal, Director at the Dominican Center of Marywood

Check out The Rapidian's article on this year's dinner
 

 


2017: STANDING TOGETHER: LOVING AND SUPPORTING OUR NEIGHBOR


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The 2017 theme was "Standing Together: Loving and Supporting Our Neighbor"

Speakers included:

Dr. Sheldon Kopperl, Professor at Grand Valley State University

Reverend Robert Linstrom, Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church

Dr. Sharif Sahibzada, Imam at Islamic Center and Masjid of Grand Rapids

 

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2016: CONFLICTS, VIOLENCE, & RELIGION


Speakers

Len Robinson,  Temple Emanuel

Rev. Jen Porter, Westminster Presbyterian Church

Imam Morsy Salem, Masjid At-Tawheed

More on this year's dinner from The Rapidian


2015


Amina Mohamed, GVSU alumna and Jeff Padnos, President of Padnos Corporation

Amina Mohamed, GVSU alumna and Jeff Padnos, President of Padnos Corporation

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2014: RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE


On Thursday Oct 30th 2014, Grand Rapids celebrated its 4th Annual Abrahamic Dinner in The First Park Congregational Church. The Niagara Foundation has organized the Annual Abrahamic Dinner independently in previous years, but this year for the first time The Kaufman Interfaith Institute joined the effort as a cosponsor.

Speakers

Jeff Padnos, President of Padnos Corporation

Rev. John Geaney, Rector/Pastor of the Cathedral of Saint Andrew and the Director of Catholic Information Center

Dr. Achmat Salie, Director of Islamic Studies at the University of Detroit Mercy



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