Jewish, Christian, Muslim Women’s Dialogue set in Rock Island

ROCK ISLAND — In a continuing effort to foster understanding and peace in the Quad Cities, the Jewish, Christian, Muslim Women’s Dialogue will look at “Who Is the Stranger?” on Mondays, Sept. 30 and Oct. 7. The Tri-City Jewish Center, 2715 30th St., will host this year’s gatherings, which will begin at 7 p.m.

Registration is not required and there is no cost to attend.

On Sept. 30, participants will be welcomed by Rabbi Tamar Grimm, who will lead them in prayer. A panel discussion will follow with Linda Clewell, a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Moline, presenting the Christian perspective on “Who Is the Stranger?”, Reggie Goldstein offering the Jewish perspective, and Lisa Killinger speaking for the Muslim community.

After the panel there will be time for small-group discussions with people sharing experiences from their own worshipping communities, neighborhoods, schools, businesses and social lives.

The eighth annual dialogue takes a different turn on Oct. 7, when Quad City demographer Tara Cullison talks about the diverse international groups living in the area. The evening will include a presentation from a refugee family, who will tell of their experience in the Quad Cities, and participants will be invited to discuss what they can do to reach out to the stranger in their midst.

Sister Catherine Cleary, OSB, who serves on the planning committee for the Jewish, Christian, Muslim Women’s Dialogue, said it is the hope of the leaders from the three faith traditions that by sharing prayer and examining how they live out “I was a stranger and you visited me,” the women will build up understanding, trust, justice and peace not only in their neighborhoods but around the world.

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