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February 16, 2014

Interfaith panel discussion to focus on marriage, family

JOPLIN, Mo. — An interfaith panel discussion on marriage and family will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Islamic Society of Joplin, 1802 W. 32nd St., which is in the Pavilions West Shopping Center at 32nd Street and McClelland Boulevard.

It is the next in a series of interfaith panel discussions on various topics.

Presenters will be Judith Bluestein, rabbi at the United Hebrew Congregation; imam Lahmuddin, with the Islamic Society; Craig Tally, pastor of First Community Church; and Kathryn Currae-Kilby, with the Baha’i faith.

The Rev. Jill Michel, with South Joplin Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), an organizer, said the presenters will talk about how their religions view marriage and family from the perspective of religious texts and religious tradition. Questions and conversations will follow their remarks.

Also attending will be Karen Aroesty, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League. Aroesty, based in St. Louis, said she hopes to meet people and engage them in conversations. The league works to fight anti-Semitism and discrimination against any religious group. It also advocates for civil rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, and immigrant communities.

The panel discussions receive some financial support from an $800 grant from Men of Reform Judaism. The group, based in New York City, includes transmitting religious values as part of its mission statement. The grant was awarded to the United Hebrew Congregation for the programs, said Paul Teverow, a member of the congregation.

The grant is paying for refreshments that will be available at the session, Teverow said.

Coming up

THE TOPIC OF THE NEXT interfaith panel discussion will be the afterlife. The session is planned for Saturday, March 22, at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Joplin.

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