PVUMC is pleased to host three speaker events in January and February as part of the “Who is My Neighbor? An Exploration of Interfaith Compassion” series. All are welcome to attend, whether or not you attend PVUMC. These are open to the community and we welcome guests and our neighbors.


Session 1: January 13, 2016, 6:30-8 pm

Mind, Body and Spirit in Islam: Muslim Approaches to Social Harmony

Speaker: Scott Lucas, Ph.D.
University of Arizona, School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies

Session 2: January 27, 2016, 6:30-8 pm

The Religious Scapegoat: Learning from the History of the Jewish Experience

Speaker: Jake Bennett
Director Anti-Defamation League
Arizona Region

Session 3: February 17, 2016, 6:30-8 pm

The Golden Rule: Ethical Commonalities Among Religious Faiths

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes, Ph.D.
Director of Cross-Cultural and Interfaith Programs, Claremont Lincoln University


For more information about an exciting new online study program available through Claremont Lincoln University, click here.



All speaker events will be on Wednesdays in the Church Fellowship Hall
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
4455 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
602-840-8360, info@pvumc.org


Dinner Available

A Buffet Dinner is available from 5:30 to 6 pm.
The meal is catered by UMOM Helpings Cafe, Market and Catering.

Suggested donations: $7.50/Adult; $3/child.
Free-will donations welcome.

Free childcare available, with 48-hr reservation: 602-840-8360, ext 134.

We’ve added a fourth session for further discussion and solutions:

Session 4: March 2, 2016, 6:30-8 pm

Interactive Forum: “Crossing Barriers, Building Bridges: From Fear and Mistrust to Love and Justice”

Clergy speakers from all three Abrahamic faiths: Christianity, Islam and Judaism, as well as a roundtable discussion with attendees.


Hosted by the Adult Learning Ministry Team in cooperation with Salaam-Chai-Paradise, the Tri-faith group. 

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