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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, Divine Mercy Parrish, Muslim Community Center, Muslim Education Center, New Trier Multifaith Alliance, Northfield Community Church, U.S. Bahá’í National Center, Winnetka Congregational Church, Winnetka Covenant Church, and Winnetka Presbyterian Church.

On Monday, April 22, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., we had the 20th Annual Golder Interfaith Initiative, featuring Reverend Susan Sparks, Gibran Saleem, and Rabbi Bob Alper.

The Laugh in Peace Comedy Tour brings comedians of different faiths together to share jokes and break down barriers. Beneath the laughs, though, is a serious message of healing, understanding, and tolerance at a time when tensions among different religions run high.

2018 Golder Initiative

Temple Jeremiah’s 2018 Golder Interfaith Initiative: “The Psychology of Populism and the Intersection of Religion” with Karim Sadjadpour, took place on May 5, 2018.

Past Speakers

golderlecture20132017: “Race in America: Using Faith to Change the Conversation” with Clarence Page

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.

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