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 THE PROGRAM

“Conversations” are an informal study and discussion program of the Abrahamic faith traditions.  It invites Christians, Jews and Muslims, as well as those of other or non-faith traditions, to meet and learn about one another’s beliefs.  This exchange offers opportunities to forge friendships with one another as well as cooperation that can benefit the larger community.

These discussions expand the conversations beyond the halls of academe and the centers of organized religion into the community.  Local public libraries offer a neutral venue for the Conversations and non-clergy facilitators are recruited and trained to lead the discussions.  A Study Guide is provided to the participants at no cost.  College professors as well as clergy  served as resources, extending the knowledge beyond the Study Guide  and answering the many questions participants have asked.

“Conversations” were initially held at the Chautauqua Institution of New York  and are now offered at libraries in the Cleveland area, in Chicago and in New Orleans.  It is intended that the Conversations will eventually be offered in communities throughout the nation

While the Conversations have already demonstrated their ability to help many overcome their ignorance and fear of members of other faith traditions, they are only intended to be an introduction.  Participants are encouraged to continue their studies, to develop friendships with the others in the group and to work together in their communities to help build understanding and cooperation.

 

THE CONVERSATIONS ARE A COOPERATIVE ENTERPRISE

Organizations of the Abrahamic faith traditions offer:

Outreach to their members

Recruitment of persons willing to serve on the local committee for the Conversations

Recommendations for facilitators and resource persons.

 

Local  libraries provide:

Space with tables and chairs for 15-20 participants at evening meetings over a five week period

Registration of those who wish to participate

Providing the Study Guides, furnished by Communities in Conversation.

Publicity as done for other events at the library.

Books and other materials participants may borrow to further their        understanding.

 

Communities in Conversation provides:

Trained facilitators

Knowledgeable resource persons to answer questions for each of the traditions

Study Guide written by scholars

  

THIS SPRING WE WILL BE HOLDING THE CONVERSATIONS AT THE FOLLOWING LIBRARIES

Fairview Park: 1-440-333-4700  

21255 Lorain Road • Fairview Park, Ohio  44126,

Wednesdays, March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9 @ 6:30 p.m.

 

Beachwood 216-541-1411

25501 Shaker Blvd.

Mondays, April 7, 15, 21, 28  May 5 @ 6:30

 

Chagrin Falls   1-440-247-3556

100 E. Orange St. Chagrin Falls 

Tuesdays, April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20 @ 6:30 p.m.

PLEASE CALL THEM TO MAKE A RESERVATION AND TO RECEIVE YOUR FREE COPY OF THE STUDY GUIDE

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Please contact our director, Emilie Barnett

EMAIL:  info@communitiesinconversations.org

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