Inter-Faith Alliance to host Thanksgiving Service Nov. 19

The annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be at 5:30 Sunday, Nov. 19, at the United Japanese Christian Church, 136 N. Villa Ave. in Clovis.
Join the Interfaith Alliance of Central California for a service of inspiration and unity from many of the faith traditions represented in our Valley.
  • People of all faith communities and those without a traditional religious faith are invited to take part in this celebration.
  • Clergy and faith leaders are invited to process at the beginning of the service. We will gather at 5:15 pm.
  • A love offering will be taken to support Syrian refugee families in our community.
  • Please bring vegetarian finger food to share following the service.

New ‘Living the Questions’ series starts Nov. 5: The Fatwa Jesus

Living the Questions -- The Fatwa Jesus

Living the Question returns on Nov. 5 for five weeks, at 9:15 a.m. in the CUCC Conference Room.

Session  1: Islam 101 —  In Which We Tell You Some of What  You Need to  Know  About Islam.

In this session, we look the basic tenants of Islam. We live in an era in which much of what passes as information about Islam is weed-like disinformation rooted in stereotype and watered by fear.

We decided to weed out the tares of ignorance by doing what, for Christians, apparently is radical: We spoke to some actual Muslims and to Christian scholars whose intellectual garden-sheds are filled with the tools of fact-based knowledge. The product of these conversations is a harvest of reliable information about what your Muslim neighbors and coworkers believe and about how they live out their faith.

Session 2: “Misconceptions about Islam — In Which We Help You Adjust Your Malarky Filter.”

Again, we took the radical step of getting to know actual Muslims, and in our conversations, we asked them to tell us about how American public discourse tends to misrepresent Islam. We are confident that you will like the people you meet as you join in this conversation.

Session 3: “Islam in America — In Which We Introduce You to People Who Love America and Pray Toward Mecca.”

Chief among the popular anti-Muslim stereotypes is the idea that Muslims are plotting to overthrow American society. In fact, most Muslims love the United States. This is true of Muslims living in countries where Islam is the predominant religion, and it is especially is true in the United States, where Muslims, as a demographic, are among the most patriotic American citizens.

Session 4: “Making Connections, Part  1 — We asked Non-Muslims and Muslims to talk to us about building relationships across the lines of faith, and while the answers were compatible-and even complementary-it was interesting to observe the ways in which Muslims and Christians spoke differently about interfaith cooperation. Christians tended to take an intellectual approach starting with the mind; Muslims were more likely to approach the issue relationally, starting with the heart.

Session 5: “Making Connections, Part  2: Continued — The Participant Reader was written by Rev. Ben Daniel, author of The Search for Truth about Islam: A Christian Pastor Separates Fact from Fiction.

The Jesus Fatwah was conceived and produced by Rev. David Felten and Rev. Jeff Procter-Murphy, authors and co-creators of Living the Questions.

Interfaith Scholar Weekend — ‘Just Sustainability: Religion, Pluralism, and Care for Our Common Home’

Interfaith Scholar Weekend with Dr. Christiana Peppard

Please mark your personal and congregational calendars for our upcoming Interfaith Scholar Weekend on Jan. 19-21.

Interfaith Scholar Weekend will feature scholar Dr. Christiana Peppard, assistant professor of theology, science and ethics at Fordham University in New York.

Dr. Peppard’s scholarship focuses on global environmental ethics and religion and science in a pluralistic era. She is the author of “Just Water” (Orbis Books, 2014) and co-editor of “Just Sustainability: Technology, Ecology and Resource Extraction” (Orbis, 2015). Dr. Peppard is from Fresno, CA.

Dr. Peppard’s engagements during the weekend will be:

  • Friday, Jan. 19, at the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno.
  • Three more lectures at Temple Beth Israel on the issue of water on Saturday, Jan. 20. Her lecture topics will be:
    • “Climate Change, Water and Religion: Questions of Justice?”
    • “Water: Human Right, Economic Commodity, Natural Resource, or … ?”
    • “The Agriculture-Water Nexus and Interfaith Imagination”

For more information, visit Interfaith Scholar website.