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Dominican University presents program on interfaith connections

The Interfaith Amigos: Imam Jamal Rahman, Rabbi Ted Falcon and Pastor Don Mackenzie
The Interfaith Amigos: Imam Jamal Rahman, Rabbi Ted Falcon and Pastor Don Mackenzie

Dominican University will present “The Interfaith Amigos” on Thursday, February 27 at 7 p.m. in a public program titled “How Religion Goes Astray.” The trio of interfaith leaders, who have been working together since 9/11 to foster interfaith dialogue and cooperation, will speak in the university’s Lund Auditorium, 7900 W. Division Street, River Forest.

Consisting of Imam Jamal Rahman, Pastor Don Mackenzie and Rabbi Ted Falcon, the Interfaith Amigos have brought their unique blend of spiritual wisdom and humor to audiences in the U.S., Canada, Israel-Palestine, and Japan. Imam Rahman is the co-founder and Muslim Sufi minister of the Seattle Interfaith Community Sanctuary and an adjunct faculty member at Seattle University. Originally from Bangladesh, he is an author and the former host of Interfaith Talk Radio.

Pastor Don Mackenzie, a retired minister and head of staff of University Congregational United Church of Christ in Seattle, served congregations in New Hampshire and New Jersey. He lived and taught in Lebanon in the year prior to the Six-Day War in 1967. Rabbi Falcon has taught the Jewish tradition of Kabbalah, meditation and spirituality since the 1970s. Ordained in 1968 at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, he founded a meditative synagogue in Seattle in the early 1970s.

The trio of religious leaders began working together after 9/11 to foster more effective interfaith dialogue and to support greater interfaith collaboration on today’s major social and economic issues. Their first book, Getting to the Heart of Interfaith (Skylight Paths, 2009), brought them international attention. Their second book, Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith (Skylight Paths) was published in 2011.

The Interfaith Amigos will be on the Dominican campus throughout the day on February 27, meeting with students, faculty and staff and discussing the university’s interfaith initiatives and two-year involvement with the national Interfaith Youth Core. For more information about this free public program, contact Michael Lango, director of student involvement, at mlango@dom.edu.

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