Walk with FIRE in the Kirkland 4th of July Parade!

Fostering Interfaith Relationships on the Eastside (FIRE), a non-profit group that works to build trust and understanding among faith communities, invites members of all faith traditions and communities to walk with them in the 2018 Kirkland 4th of July Parade. The theme of the parade is “United We Stand”, which aligns well with FIRE’s mission.

Participants are encouraged to wear clothing typical for their faith to help show the diversity of faiths participating in the group, T-shirts promoting peace and understanding, or other clothing of their choice. Those walking should wear sensible shoes; hats and sunscreen are advised. Participants are welcome to carry signs and banners promoting peace, love, unity, and understanding.

The parade starts at Noon. It follows a route through Marina Park and around the downtown core, a total walking distance of about one mile. Participants are asked to line up at the designated point in the Market neighborhood north of Heritage Park by 11AM. The position in the parade and the exact location at which the FIRE group will assemble will be assigned around July 1.

Those interested in participating should email RSVP@fire-wa.org. Information on the group’s position in the parade, assembly point, and recommended parking locations will be sent before the parade date.

For more information on the parade including the route, visit http://celebratekirkland.org/parade.htm. For further information, email info@fire-wa.org or contact Toby at 206-790-6377.

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REMINDER: Interfaith Dinner Dialogue on April 22 – “Living with Others in a World of Diverse Beliefs”

A reminder that the next F.I.R.E. (Fostering Interfaith Relationships on the Eastside) Dinner Dialogue is this coming Sunday, April 22, 5PM to 8PM, at East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 SE 32nd Street in Bellevue.

This Dialogue will be on the topic “Living with Others in a World of Diverse Beliefs”. We will have a panel discussion among several world beliefs, including Atheist, Baha’i, Christian (Protestant and Mormon), Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Unitarian,  on topics such as what our beliefs teach us about how to interact with people of other beliefs, what we are taught about evangelizing or converting others, and how branches of our belief communities view or interact with each other. The audience will be able to ask questions of the panel and engage in stimulating interfaith dialogue with panel members and each other.

This is a potluck dinner, so please bring your favorite dish to share, labeled showing the ingredients to help people with food allergies and preferences make choices.

Everyone is invited to come and enjoy a fun evening of interfaith dialogue! You don’t need to be affiliated with any faith or faith community to participate. Please email rsvp@fire-wa.org and let us know how many will be coming, so we can be sure to set up enough tables and chairs.

If you would like to invite others to the Dinner Dialogue, you can download and print a color flyer, or download and print a two-per-page bulletin insert.

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Interfaith Dinner Dialogue on April 22 – “Living with Others in a World of Diverse Beliefs”

F.I.R.E. (Fostering Interfaith Relationships on the Eastside) invites you to the tenth in a series of Dinner Dialogues aimed at fostering interfaith relationships, on Sunday, April 22, 5PM to 8PM, hosted by East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 SE 32nd Street in Bellevue.

This Dialogue will be on the topic “Living with Others in a World of Diverse Beliefs”. We will have a panel discussion among several world beliefs, including Atheist, Baha’i, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Unitarian,  on topics such as what our beliefs teach us about how to interact with people of other beliefs, what we are taught about evangelizing or converting others, and how branches of our belief communities view or interact with each other. The audience will be able to ask questions of the panel and engage in stimulating interfaith dialogue with panel members and each other.

This is a potluck dinner, so please bring your favorite dish to share, labeled showing the ingredients to help people with food allergies and preferences make choices.

Everyone is invited to come and enjoy a fun evening of interfaith dialogue! You don’t need to be affiliated with any faith or faith community to participate. Please email rsvp@fire-wa.org and let us know how many will be coming, so we can be sure to set up enough tables and chairs.

If you would like to invite others to the Dinner Dialogue, you can download and print a color flyer, or download and print a two-per-page bulletin insert.

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Save the Date – FIRE Dinner Dialogue on April 22, 2018

The next FIRE dinner dialogue is scheduled for Sunday, April 22, 2018, 5-8PM, at East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 SE 32nd Street in Bellevue. Details of the topic are still being worked out, but will likely be “Living With Others in a Multi-Faith and Non-Faith World”, and delve into how faith communities view other faith communities and interact with them. Please save the date, and watch here for more information!

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Interfaith Dinner Dialogue on November 12 – “The Role of Women in Faith”

F.I.R.E. (Fostering Interfaith Relationships on the Eastside) invites you to the ninth in a series of Dinner Dialogues aimed at fostering interfaith relationships, on Sunday, November 12, 5PM to 8PM, hosted by Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 10021 NE 124th Street in Kirkland (at the corner of 100th Avenue NE).

This Dialogue will be on the topic “The Role of Women in Faith”. We will have a panel discussion including several world religions, on topics such as how women are involved in the priesthood or leadership of the faith community, the role of women in marriage and society, how changes in the societal role of women have affected the faith community, how the perspective of women has influenced theological perspectives, and many others. The audience will be able to ask questions of the panel and engage in stimulating interfaith dialogue with panel members and each other.

This is a potluck dinner, so please bring your favorite dish to share, labeled showing the ingredients to help people with food allergies and preferences make choices.

Everyone is invited to come and enjoy a fun evening of interfaith dialogue! You don’t need to be affiliated with any faith or faith community to participate. Please email rsvp@fire-wa.org and let us know how many will be coming, so we can be sure to set up enough tables and chairs.

If you would like to invite others to the Dinner Dialogue, you can download and print a full-color flyer, or download and print a two-per-page bulletin insert.

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FIRE Dinner Dialogue on May 7 is POSTPONED

We regret to inform you that due to challenges with conflicting events and the availability of panelists that we have decided to POSTPONE the FIRE Dinner Dialogue that has been scheduled for May 7 at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church. We are working on setting a new date, and will let you know as soon as it is established. Thank you very much for your interest.

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Interfaith Dinner Dialogue on May 7 – “Refugees, Asylum Seekers & Immigrants”

F.I.R.E. (Fostering Interfaith Relationships on the Eastside) invites you to the ninth in a series of Dinner Dialogues aimed at fostering interfaith relationships, on Sunday, May 7, 5PM to 8PM, hosted by Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 10021 NE 124th Street in Kirkland (at the corner of 100th Avenue NE).

This Dialogue will be on the topic “Refugees, Asylum Seekers & Immigrants”. We will continue the discussion started at the January 29 Dinner Dialogue, with a facilitated discussion focused on specific things we can do as individuals and as a community to help refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants feel more welcomed in our community and have their needs met. We will hear some first-hand stories from individuals who have experienced these challenges and from those who serve immigrants and refugees. And, as always, we’ll have stimulating interfaith discussions among all participants.

This is a potluck dinner, so please bring your favorite dish to share, labeled showing the ingredients to help people with food allergies and preferences make choices.

Everyone is invited to come and enjoy a fun evening of interfaith dialogue! You don’t need to have attended the January dinner, and you don’t need to be affiliated with any faith or faith community to participate. Please email rsvp@fire-wa.org and let us know how many will be coming, so we can be sure to set up enough tables and chairs.

If you would like to invite others to the Dinner Dialogue, you can download and print a full-color flyer, or download and print a two-per-page bulletin insert.

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Interfaith Dinner Dialogue on January 29 – “Welcoming Refugees, Asylum Seekers & Strangers”

treeF.I.R.E. (Fostering Interfaith Relationships on the Eastside) invites you to the eighth in a series of Dinner Dialogues aimed at fostering interfaith relationships, on Sunday, January 29, 5PM to 8PM, hosted by St. George Coptic Orthodox Church, 13216 NE 100th Street in Kirkland (at the corner of 132nd Avenue NE).

This Dialogue will be on the topic “Welcoming Refugees, Asylum Seekers & Strangers”. A panel from a variety of world religions will present the perspectives of their faith communities, followed by stimulating interfaith discussions among all participants.

This is a potluck dinner, so please bring your favorite dish to share, labeled showing the ingredients to help people with food allergies and preferences make choices.

Everyone is invited to come and enjoy a fun evening of interfaith dialogue! Please email rsvp@fire-wa.org and let us know how many will be coming, so we can be sure to set up enough tables and chairs.

Guests are invited to enter through the doors on the east end of the building, away from 132nd Ave NE, which enter directly into the church’s fellowship hall.

If you would like to invite others to the Dinner Dialogue, you can download and print a full-color flyer, or download and print a two-per-page bulletin insert.

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Standing Together for Human Dignity, Justice, Compassion, and Wisdom

AN INTERFAITH PURSUIT OF VALUES FOSTERED BY RELIGION THAT ARE NECESSARY TO SUSTAIN A FREE, PLURALISTIC SOCIETY

You’re invited to attend the next “Standing Together” session on the topic of “Human Family Values and the Work Ahead”, Sunday, May 22, 4-6PM, at Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS), 17550 NE 67th Court, Redmond.

The event is sponsored by Bear Creek Methodist, Congregation Kol Ami, Kadima Reconstructionist Jewish Community, Faith Action network, Living Interfaith Church, Call of Compassion NW, and Temple Beth Am.

More details are available at http://www.mapsredmond.org/events/standing-together-for-human-dignity-justice-compassion-wisdom/.

The program is free, but advance registration is required at http://tinyurl.com/maps-ioc2016event. For more information, contact standingtogether2016@gmail.com.

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Interfaith Dinner Dialogue on May 15 — “Making Meaning in a Culture of Entertainment: Are faith, religion, and spiritual growth counter-cultural?”

treeF.I.R.E. (Fostering Interfaith Relationships on the Eastside) invites you to the seventh in a series of Dinner Dialogues aimed at fostering interfaith relationships, on Sunday, May 15, 5PM to 8PM, hosted by Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church, 308 4th Avenue South, in Kirkland.

This Dialogue will be on the topic “Making Meaning in a Culture of Entertainment: Are faith, religion, and spiritual growth counter-cultural?”. We will explore areas such as the role of silence, music, and video in worship; how faith communities retain adherents, especially young people, in a world where so many distractions compete for their attention; how media-driven culture affects modes of worship and whether the traditional must give way or adapt to the modern; what the experience of faith communities has been in incorporating media and technology; and more.

A panel from a variety of world religions will present the perspectives of their faith communities, followed by stimulating interfaith discussions among all participants.

This is a potluck dinner, so please bring your favorite dish to share, labeled showing the ingredients to help people with food allergies and preferences make choices.

Everyone is invited to come and enjoy a fun evening of interfaith dialogue! Please email rsvp@fire-wa.org and let us know how many will be coming, so we can be sure to set up enough tables and chairs.

If you would like to invite others to the Dinner Dialogue, you can download and print a full-color flyer, or download and print a two-per-page bulletin insert.

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