Golder Interfaith Initiative
Stanley C. Golder Interfaith Initiative
The Stanley C. Golder Interfaith Initiative promotes understanding between faiths and embraces the unifying spirituality among all religions. Every year this outstanding program presents a prestigious speaker or group of speakers to address topics of religion, politics and international understanding. These programs are hosted in partnership with Christ Church, Church of the Holy Comforter, Muslim Community Center, Muslim Education Center, New Trier Multifaith Alliance, Northfield Community Church, St. Philip the Apostle Church, U.S. Bahá’í National Center, Winnetka Congregational Church, Winnetka Covenant Church, and Winnetka Presbyterian Church.
We hope you’ll join us for the 2018 Golder Lecture Series on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., featuring Karim Sadjadpour.
2017 Golder Initiative
Temple Jeremiah’s 2017 Golder Interfaith Initiative: “Race in America: Using Faith to Change the Conversation” with Clarence Page, took place on May 6, 2017.
What do our religious traditions say about the role of race in our country today? How can we, as people of faith, address the problems of racism? Clarence Page, in conversation with Temple Jeremiah’s Rabbi Paul F. Cohen, will talk about his perspective on the status of race with a focus on where we have come from, where we are now, and his thoughts for the future.
Temple Jeremiah’s 2017 Golder Initiative features Clarence Page
Clarence Page will present “Race in America: Using Faith to Change the Conversation” at the Stanley Golder Interfaith Initiative at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Temple Jeremiah, 937 Happ Road, Northfield.
Page will discuss what our religious traditions say about the role of race in our country today and how people of faith can address the problems of racism, in conversation with Temple Jeremiah’s senior rabbi, Rabbi Paul F. Cohen.
“Racism is embedded in the very fabric of our society,” Cohen said. “We see it in the education system, the criminal justice system and our own community. As people of faith we have a unique vocabulary. This can and must impact the conversation we have and the work we do to confront racism and correct our course.”
Page is a syndicated columnist who has chronicled three decades of race, politics, and social change in America. He received the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and has been a member of the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board since 1984. Page often appears as a political analyst on C-SPAN, ABC’s Nightline, and Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC.
The mission of the Golder Interfaith Initiative is to promote understanding among every faith and embrace the unifying spirituality of all religions. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Temple Jeremiah and Temple Jeremiah’s Social Justice Committee.
The event is a partnership between Temple Jeremiah and Christ Church, Church of the Holy Comforter, Muslim Community Center, Muslim Education Center, The Mather, Northfield Community Church, New Trier Multifaith Alliance, St. Philip the Apostle Church, Three Crowns, U.S. Bahá’í National Center, Winnetka Congregational Church, Winnetka Covenant Church, and Winnetka Presbyterian Church.
The following morning, on Sunday, May 7, 2017, at 10 a.m., Temple Jeremiah also presents a special showing of “Skin Deep,” a documentary exploring personal and societal biases. A response to the reappearance of overt racist activity in the United States, “Skin Deep” challenges student and community audiences to examine their own race-related beliefs. The Anti-Defamation League will lead a discussion of the movie and anti-bias exercises.
Temple Jeremiah is a Reform Jewish congregation affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism and holds weekly worship services and study programs. The Center for Learning offers educational opportunities for all ages, from preschoolers to senior adults. For more information, contact the temple office at 847.441.5760 or visit www.templejeremiah.org.
2016: Eboo Patel presented “Interfaith Leadership: A 21st-Century Necessity”
In 2015 we heard from Dr. Joel Hoffman, who spoke about “Ancient Answers to Good and Evil That Were Cut From the Bible.”
In 2014 we brought in Dr. Basit Bilal Koshul, associate professor at Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan, who spoke on “Scriptural Reasoning and the Search for Wisdom After the Holocaust.”
Our 2013 speaker was Rohina Malik (pictured at right), who performed her one-woman play “Unveiled,” a show about being a Muslim woman in a post-9/11 world.
Previous speakers have included Mitch Albom, Mara Liasson, John Callaway, Bruce Feiler, Father Andrew Greeley, Irshad Manji, William Safire, Terry Waite, and Ambassador Martin S. Indyk.