A pastor, a rabbi and a Muslim minister who forged a partnership in the wake of 9/11 will deliver a message of interfaith hope Tuesday, Sept. 28, at UConn-Stamford. The evening with the InterFaith Amigos kicks off at 7:30 and is sponsored by the InterFaith Council of Southwestern Connecticut. The event is free and open to the public. The Rev. Kate Heichler, president of the council, believes the event furthers its mission of "bringing people of different faith traditions together for conversation and collaborative action."
The Interfaith Amigos -- Sheikh Jamal Rahman, Pastor Don Mackenzie and Rabbi Ted Falcon – will discuss potentially divisive issues from the perspective of healing and hope. All are from Seattle. Together they've written a book, "Getting to the Heart of Interfaith." Subtitled "The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi and a Sheikh," the work was penned in hopes that the story of their friendship might inspire others.
Rahman, a native of Bangladesh, is an adjunct faculty member at Seattle University and cofounder of Interfaith Community Church in Seattle. His interfaith work includes retreat and workshop presentations.
Mackenzie retired two years ago from his post as minister and head of staff of Seattle's University Congregational United Church of Christ. Passionate about country music, he has sung at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, among other locales.
Falcon has taught Jewish traditions of Kabbalah, meditation and spirituality for more than 35 years. He founded Makom Ohr Shalom, a synagogue for Jewish spirituality, and cofounded Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue, where he served as rabbi.
For more information, visit www.interfaithcouncil.org.