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Feb 19

Temple Beth El's 22nd Annual Comparative Religion Series

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Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Date: Tuesday February 19, 2019
Location: Temple Beth El
Address: 5101 Providence Road
Price: FREE
Category: Educational
Join us at Temple Beth El (5101 Providence Road, Charlotte) on six successive Tuesday evenings (January 29 - March 5, 2019) for the 22nd Annual Comparative Religion Series. This year's theme is Spirituality: How Do You Connect with Your Higher Power? Leaders of different belief communities will help us examine how prayer, meditation, ritual, music, and other modalities help people connect with deeper meaning in their lives or relate to a Higher Power. Guest speakers will share the spiritual practices that are most personally meaningful and explain how spiritual practices, liturgy, and traditions developed in their communities.

Sessions will be held in the Blumenthal Sanctuary from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Rabbi Asher Knight, Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth El, will provide an introduction to the Series on January 29. Rabbi Knight will share the Jewish perspective on this topic in order to deepen our understanding of the course of study and to foster thought-provoking discussions with our guest lecturers throughout the Series. Religious leaders representing the Baptist, Islam, Presbyterian, and the Sikh faiths will offer their points of view in future weeks of the Series.

An expert panel on the Changing Spiritual Landcape with Mr. Tim Funk, Faith and Values Reporter, The Charlotte Observer and Dr. Sean McCloud, Professor of Religious Studies, UNC Charlotte, will conclude the 2019 Series on March 5 addressing the trends seen today as a result of secularization. Discussions will include the impact of the non-practicing atheists and agnostics on the Charlotte community as well as the extent to which there is an impact of the growth of mega-organizations. This session will be moderated by Temple Beth Els Cantor Mary Rebecca Thomas.

Sessions are FREE and open to the public. We are grateful for the Ted and M.E. Hessberg Endowment which supports community outreach programs. The Annual Temple Beth El Comparative Religion Series was established with the intent to educate our community, promote understanding and respect for all faiths, and reveal the commonalities in our differences.

Visit www.templebethel.org for a complete listing of scheduled speakers.
For more information, contact Sue Hummel at shummel@templebethel.org.


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