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“Love of God” – an interfaith conference

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A conference on “Love of God” was held on Oct. 29, 2007. IDC organized the conference in partnership with School of Theology, Drew University, Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies, Seton Hall University and Center for Interreligious Understanding.

Sponsors of the event included:
The New Jersey Council of Churches,
The Greater New Jersey Conference of the United Methodist Church,
The Presbytery of the Palisades,
The Presbytery of Newark and
Interweave


The three monotheistic religions have long traditions describing the mystery of God and the human response to God as Creator, Deliverer and Judge. Representatives of the three faiths reflected briefly on the human vocation to love God. There was a response to each by a coreligionist and time for discussion. In the afternoon participants exchange perceptions in three interfaith groups.


Dr. Maxine Beach, Dean of School of Theology, Drew University welcomed on behalf of organizers and sponsors.


Rabbi Joseph Ehrenkranz delivered a wonderful and inspiring speech from Jewish perspective.


Rabbi Yehezkel Landau was the Jewish respondent


Rev.Dr. Wesley Ariarajah made very informative and stimulating speech.


Fr. Phil Latronico, an expert on interfaith dialogue, was the Christian respondent.


Dr. Levent Koc’s speech was also very informative and moving.


Ferhan Tunagur was the Muslim respondent.


The attendees were so enthusiastic about asking questions.


The conference attracted a diverse audience including academics, clergy, lay leaders, seminarians, etc.


The attendees were so excited to come to know that Love of God is the common ground and may serve as cement to foster the dialogue between religions.

Date: Monday, October 29, 2007
between 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Place: Drew University,Craig Chapel, 2nd Floor Seminary Hall
Madison, NJ

9:15 am Introduction
9:30 am “The Jewish Tradition”
Rabbi Joseph Ehrenkranz
Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding, Sacred Heart University, CT

Response: Rabbi Yehezkel Landau
Hartford Seminary, CT

10:30 am Coffee break
10:45 am “The Christian Tradition”
Rev. Wesley Ariarajah, Ph.D.
Professor of Ecumenical Theology, Drew University

Response: The Rev. Philip Latronico
Newark Archdiocese Ecumenical and Interreligious Commission

11:45 am “The Muslim Tradition”
Dr. Levent Koc
Interfaith Dialog Center, NJ

Response: Ferhan Tunagur, MA
Ph.D. Candidate, Rutgers University

12:45 noon Lunch
2:00 pm Workshops

Sponsors of the event included:
The New Jersey Council of Churches,
The Greater New Jersey Conference of the United Methodist Church,
The Presbytery of the Palisades,
The Presbytery of Newark and
Interweave

 

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