Our “Who is My Neighbor?” An Exploration in Interfaith Compassion interfaith series wraps up on Wednesday, March 2 with the final session and panel discussion: “Crossing Barriers, Building Bridges: From Fear and Mistrust to Love and Justice.”
This will be an interactive, roundtable discussion featuring a clergy panel from all three Abrahamic faiths — Christianity, Islam and Judaism: Senior Pastor Dave Summers from PVUMC, Rabbi Mari Chernow from Temple Chai, and Imam Sabahudin Ćeman from the Islamic Center of North Phoenix. Read their bios below.
Hosted by the Adult Learning Ministry Team in cooperation with Salaam-Chai-Paradise, the Tri-faith group, we invite you to come with an open mind and a willing heart as we explore how we can be better neighbors to each other.
Church Fellowship Center
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
4455 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
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.
Sabahudin Ćeman (“SaaBaaWhoDeen Chaymaan”) is the Head Imam of the Islamic Community of North American Bosniaks (ICNAB), an organization whose membership comprises the congregations of 58 predominantly-Bosnian mosques located all across the U.S. and Canada, with a total membership of approximately 200,000 Bosnian Muslims. (http://icnab.com/index.php/english/306-about-icnab)
ICNAB’s goals and objective are to:
• facilitate and coordinate communication and key initiatives for North-American Bosnian Muslim organizations;
• provide effective advocacy on critical civil liberties and social justice issues impacting American-Muslims and others;
• establish and maintain productive collaborative relationships with government, civic, legal, Interfaith, social, and media organizations; and
• educate fellow Americans and others about Islam as a religion and a way of life, Muslim cultures and traditions, and critical issues and challenges facing American Muslims as well as Muslims in other parts of the world.
Locally, Imam Ćeman serves as the Imam of the Islamic Center of North Phoenix , a mosque located on 23rd Avenue, just south of Thunderbird (http://www.icnpaz.com).
Imam Ćeman holds a Master’s Degree in Islamic Theology from the Graduate Theological Foundation in South Bend, Indiana, and is in the process of acquiring his doctoral degree.
ICNAB sponsors an active interfaith outreach program. According to the ICNAB website, “a significant portion of the interfaith dialogue in the U.S. and Canada between Muslims and people of other faiths takes place under the auspices of ICNAB”. In recognition of these interfaith efforts, Imam Ćeman was presented a ‘Building Bridges Award’ by the Islamic Speakers’ Bureau of Arizona in October 2015.
Rabbi Mari Chernow joined the Temple Chai team in 2003 and was installed as Senior Rabbi in 2009. Her rabbinic passions include the Jewish healing movement, the study of Biblical literature and the power of vibrant worship. Rabbi Chernow graduated from UC San Diego and was ordained from the Los Angeles campus of the Hebrew Union College (HUC-LA).
She is a graduate of the Shalom Hartman Institute three-year Rabbinic Leadership Initiative. She currently serves on the Board of Overseers of HUC-LA, the Reform Movement Think Tank and the Board of Directors of Pardes Jewish Day School. She is the treasurer of the Board of Rabbis of Greater Phoenix.