Just in case you missed this incredible Faith Forum, you will want to be sure and catch this video and hear these impactful messages from our October 25th Forum panelists!
The Arizona Interfaith Movement is pleased to host these forums so we can come to a better understanding of anothers differing viewpoints through civil dialogue. The topic is: “Building Bridges of Golden Rule Action.” Four inspiring leaders from different religious traditions share their experiences in helping those who are marginalized, suffering or oppressed, as well as deeply personal experiences of the power of human kindness and the power of forgiveness.
Terry Araman, senior manager of MANA House, a peer-support organization that serves and helps homeless veterans, under the operation of Catholic Charities, rebuild their lives. Terry attends a local Religious Science church.
Rev. Dr. Kelly Bender, a United Methodist who served congregations for 43 years, mostly in Kansas, until his appointment as Senior Pastor of the Paradise Valley United Methodist Church where he served 11 years until his retirement. For the last 4 years, he has served as Pastor or the UMOM New Day Centers homeless shelters in Phoenix ( www.umom.org )
Deedra Abboud (Muslim) is a civil rights activist, immigration attorney, and certified Tongue Fu!® trainer (How to deflect, disarm and defuse any verbal conflict), who has devoted her life to defending the rights of America’s most vulnerable and bringing communities together. Born and raised in Arkansas, Deedra found herself drawn to the diverse and friendly communities of Arizona, and has spent the last 20 years making The Grand Canyon State her home.
Rana Singh Sodhi is a well-known community activist and Sikh leader. Following the death of his brother, Balbir Singh Sodhi, America’s first post 9/11 hate crime victim, Rana made it his mission to prevent further hate related crimes in the community. Rana’s brother was gunned down in Mesa, AZ based solely on his appearance as a Sikh American. His death motivated Rana to take an active role in eradicating ignorance and he has shared his story in an effort to prevent further violence rooted from stereotypes.
Moderator: Rev. Dr. Mitzi Lynton, Director of Outreach for AZIFM
We are pleased to offer Community Faith Forums, through the school year, to discuss topics of the day together in a respectful manner, listening and considering many different perspectives. While AZIFM doesn’t take positions on issues, through the different viewpoints discussed, hopefully one can have a more sound basis for their own viewpoints. We’d like to thank our panelists and those who attend and ask such great questions that help us all learn!!