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Interfaith Forum: "Ask the Clergy"

A path to better understanding in a conflicted world

Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley will host an interfaith educational forum bringing four religious leaders of the Catholic, Muslim, Protestant and Jewish faiths together to respond to religious topics related to being a member of the clergy.


“A path to better understanding in a conflicted world” will be from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Temple, 12202 N. 101st Ave. in Sun City. Panelists are Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan of Temple Beth Shalom, Father David Halm of St. John Vianney Catholic Parish in Goodyear; Imam Didmar Faja of United Islamic Center of Arizona in Glendale and Pastor Pam Reynolds of Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Sun City West.


Clery will talk about differing theological beliefs, how their religion interprets the Bible, what challenges they face as members of the clergy today, and more. Questions will be presented to them by a moderator and each panelist will be asked to respond to each question.


After the panel discussion, attendees are invited to gather in the Social Hall for light refreshments and an opportunity to meet the panelists. While there is no charge for this event, reservations are required for security and space reasons by noon Feb. 1 by calling the Temple office at 623.977.3240 between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.


In appreciation for these four clergy members giving their time for this program, “free-will” donations will be accepted after the panel discussion to benefit the Valley View Community Food Bank in Sun City, which serves about 500 persons a day.

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