Church of the Beatitudes Hosts Interfaith Seminar on Sept. 16

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Today, our country’s political and cultural climate seems marred with division and disharmony. Many of us rely upon the spiritual and moral compass of our religious and faith foundation for guidance and answers, but what do different faiths believe about tolerance, patience and love? On September 16, Church of the Beatitudes will host an interfaith seminar to discover and better understand these virtues from four different religious perspectives. The seminar takes place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will include a panel discussion featuring Anita Rangaswami, a Hindu religious leader; Usama Shami, a Muslim religious leader; Rabbi Jeffrey Schesnol, a Jewish religious leader; and Reverend Tony Minear, a Christian religious leader and lead pastor at the Church of the Beatitudes.

 The seminar is free at Church of the Beatitudes (555 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix). All are welcome.

 The event will feature four prominent religious leaders to speak about what their different faiths believe. Represented will be Hindu, Muslim, Jewish and Christian perspectives with a question and answer session to follow.  

 “The Interfaith Seminar is designed to better understand the different faiths and cultures and how they promote the ideas of tolerance, patience and love,” said Dean Levene, the Interfaith Seminar Coordinator. “Our division and the ‘us versus them’ mentality are concerning, and it sparked my desire to discover what drives that thought process.”

 About the Church of the Beatitudes: Church of the Beatitudes is an open and affirming, progressive Christian community of faith-keeping and faith-seeking people grounded in stories and truths contained in the scriptures. We are open to insights and interpretations of God revealed to us through new experiences, different faiths and diverse cultures. We provide opportunities for the formation of Christian ideas through spiritual enrichment, to offer the education and training for Progressive Christians to find their own way of understanding Jesus, and to encourage the practice of those teachings in the world. To learn more, go to or call (602) 264-1221.

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