Rabbi Arthur Waskow, a key figure in the Jewish renewal movement and an author of the 2006 book, The Tent of Abraham: Stories of Hope and Peace for Jews, Christians, and Muslims, will be among the featured storytellers at the Thursday, Nov. 18, Interfaith Story Circle (IFSC), 7 p.m. on Zoom. The IFSC Tent of Abraham program was initiated to celebrate the confluence of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim holy days one year and has continued annually with stories drawing from the various faith traditions. Circle programs are free and open to the public
Waskow, with his life-partner Rabbi Phyllis Berman, Fr. Chris DeGiovine and Dr. Mussarat Chaudhry will share stories about their interfaith work. Those attending the “virtual” program will be invited to share their stories.
Waskow is the founder (1983) and director of The Shalom Center, a voice in the Jewish, multi-religious, and American worlds for eco-social justice, peace, and healing of our wounded Earth. He has written 27 books from the original Freedom Seder to Dancing in God’s Earthquake. He has been arrested 26 times in protests against racism, wars, anti-Semitism, and against inaction about the climate crisis.
Berman, founded and directed the Riverside Language Program in N.Y.C, directed the summer program at Elat Chayyim, the former Jewish retreat center in Accord and facilitated the original Tent of Abraham, Hagar, and Sara annual retreats. More recently, she facilitated the 50th anniversary of The Freedom Seder at Masjidullah, an African American mosque in Philadelphia.
DeGiovine, a Roman Catholic priest for 45 years, spent 25 years of that ministry as dean of spiritual life at The College of Saint Rose in Albany. During his time there, he founded and directed the Sidney and Beatrice Albert Interfaith Lectureship program that was designed to encourage understanding and dialogue among people of different religious backgrounds and faiths.
Dr. Mussarat Chaudhry is a physician, a member of the Islamic Center of the Capital District and among the Muslim pioneers in this area’s interfaith activities. Her contributions over the last 30 years have included service on the boards of the Sidney and Beatrice Albert Inter-Faith Lectureship Series, the Interfaith Alliance of NYS, and the Interfaith Story Circle, where she was a founder of its Tent of Abraham program.
Information and registration are required to receive a Zoom link, may be obtained by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org before 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18, the day of the program. The link will be e-mailed noon that day.