Next Thursday evening (April 30), on the eve of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the Holy Land, the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement in Garrison will host a forum on the always interesting and complicated subject of interreligious relations.
It’s at 7:30 p.m. Open to all.
Every step the pope takes and every word he says will be immediately scrutinized by Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox Christians, Jews, Muslims and others. For reasons obvious and not-to-obvious.
Talk about interreligious relations.
The friars are committed to promoting ecumenism and interrreligious understanding, so this is a good opportunity to explore where things stand in the Lower Hudson Valley.
Participants will include:
Father James Gardiner of the friars;
Father Anthony Falsarella of St. Basil Academy in Garrison, a Greek Orthodox residence for children in need;
Dr. Mahjabeen Hassan of the Westchester-based American Muslim Women’s Association;
The Rev. Adolphus Lacey, pastor of Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Peekskill and president of the Peekskill Area Pastors Association;
And Rabbi Lee Paskind of First Hebrew Congregation in Peekskill.
The moderator will be me.
For information, call 845-424-2111. Graymoor is located on Route 9, just over the Westchester/Putnam border.
The program will be at the Graymoor Spiritual Life Center. Follow the signs to the top of the hill. (NOTE: They always have real good cookies.)
By the way, I talked about my life as a religion reporter on Sunday at Maryknoll, and I thought things went quite well.
We had a nice audience for a hot, sunny Sunday afternoon in APRIL.
Everyone at Maryknoll was very nice and accomodating and I got to answer a lot of thoughtful questions. My thanks to everyone who asked them.