Interfaith Dinner Dialogue on November 3 — “Celebrations, Commemorations, and Holidays”

Fostering Interfaith Relationships on the Eastside (FIRE) invites you to the 13th Interfaith Dinner Dialogue on Sunday, November 3, 5-8PM at Sikh Centre of Seattle, 20412 Bothell-Everett Highway in Bothell. A tour of the Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) will be held at 4:30PM for those who arrive early.

The event features a panel discussion with representatives of world religions including Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Sikh, and Zoroastrianism, and stimulating interfaith discussions among all participants. The topic for this Dialogue is “What Are Your Faith’s Celebrations, Commemorations and Holidays?”.

Most previous FIRE Dinner Dialogues have been pot-luck, but this time we’ll enjoy a fabulous vegetarian dinner (“langar”) provided FREE by Sikh community volunteers. This is NOT a pot-luck, and participants should not bring food to the event — please enjoy someone else cooking for you! In order for our hosts to know how much food to prepare, we ask all attendees to please register for the event through EventBrite at https://tinyurl.com/FIRENov2019

Important Notes: Sikh Centre is a shoeless facility; participants will be asked to remove their shoes at the entrance foyer. Please wash your hands with the soap and water provided at the entrance. Please dress modestly to cover conservatively. Both Men and Women are asked to cover their heads with a scarf (there will be a few extra scarves for anyone who forgets or does not have one). The use of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs is not permitted. The Sikh Center is wheelchair accessible.

For more information, please email rsvp@fire-wa.org.

If you would like to invite others to the Dinner Dialogue, you can download and print a color flyer.

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Walk with FIRE in the Kirkland 4th of July Parade! And then join us for a BBQ lunch!

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 2019 Kirkland 4th of July Parade.

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, posted here, and emailed to FIRE email lists and all who RSVP.

Those interested in participating in the parade 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.

You’re Also Invited to an Interfaith 4th of July BBQ!

After the Celebrate Kirkland 4th of July Parade (about 2PM), join us at IMAN Center, 515 State Street, Kirkland, for a delicious BBQ lunch. We’ll have hamburgers (with halal beef), hot dogs, veggie burgers, and accompaniments. You’re welcome to walk in the parade, or have lunch with us, or both! There’s no cost for lunch, but donations are welcome. You can make a donation in any amount online if you like, or at the BBQ. PLEASE RSVP by Sunday, June 30 if you plan to eat, so we have enough food. Go to this link to RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/Kirkland4thBBQ. If you have questions, please email info@fire-wa.org.

If you’d like to sign up to help at the BBQ (setup, cooking, serving, cleanup), please go to https://signup.com/go/wthhsuq. Thanks!

The BBQ is jointly sponsored by:
Holy Spirit Lutheran Church
Ithna-asheri Muslim Association of the Northwest (IMAN)
Kol Ami: A Center for Jewish Life
Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church
St. John’s Episcopal Church
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kirkland Stake
Kirkland Interfaith Network (KIN)
Fostering Interfaith Relationships on the Eastside (FIRE)

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Interfaith Dinner Dialogue on March 31 — “The Question of Evil”

Fostering Interfaith Relationships on the Eastside (FIRE) invites you to the 12th Interfaith Dinner Dialogue on Sunday, March 31, 5-8PM at IMAN Center, 515 State Street South, Kirkland WA 98033.

Previous FIRE Dinner Dialogues have been pot-luck, but this dinner is a delicious catered Halal dinner. Participants should not bring food to the event. A donation of $10 per person is requested to cover the cost of food, which may be paid online when you RSVP or at the door by cash, check, or credit card. Dinner will be served at 5:00PM, and the program will start at approximately 5:45PM.

The event features a panel discussion with representatives of world religions including Bahai, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and Unitarian-Universalist, and stimulating interfaith discussions among all participants. The topic for this Dialogue is “The Question of Evil”, and will explore topics such as “How does your faith define evil?”, “How does your faith response to evil?”, “Is violence acceptable in response to evil?”, and “How does your faith teach you to respond to evil collectively and individually?”.

To respect the practices of our host faith community, please dress modestly (arms and legs covered, no low necklines). Women should wear head scarves; some will be available for those who do not bring their own. Guests will be asked to remove their shoes to protect the flooring and carpets in the prayer hall. People traditionally sit on the floor, but chairs will be available for those who need them. It is not traditional for men or women to shake hands when greeting persons of the opposite gender.

Because of the need to order the right amount of food, we are asking people to RSVP to this Dinner Dialogue using EventBrite. To RSVP for the event using EventBrite, please click here. You may make your donation to cover the cost of food through EventBrite, or at the door by cash, check, or credit card. For more information, please email rsvp@fire-wa.org.

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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Connection Beyond Conflict event on Feb. 21 is NOT CANCELLED

Well, this is unexpected. Shortly after sending the previous cancellation announcement, Northlake was contacted by Abrahamic Reunion and told that Sheikh Ghassan Manasra has been cleared for travel after all! So the event on February 21 is now UNCANCELLED and will proceed as originally scheduled. Please ignore the cancellation message sent previously, and we apologize for filling your inbox!

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You’re Invited: Connection Beyond Conflict on February 21

You’re invited to this special event:

Connection Beyond Conflict
Interfaith Solidarity & Peacemaking in the Holy Land & Beyond

Thursday, February 21st, 7:00pm
Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church
308 4th Avenue S, Kirkland WA 98033

Guest Speaker: Sheikh Ghassan Manasra, International Director, Abrahamic Reunion

For the past 15 years, The Abrahamic Reunion has been working steadily to create harmony among the four faiths of the Holy Land in Israel and Palestine, even — and often especially — in the midst of conflict and tension. Their successes are only just now becoming known and recognized.

Hear stories from Sheikh Ghassan’s many years of front-line engagement with inter-religious dialogue, interfaith spiritual activism, and multi-faith peacebuilding in Israel, Palestine, and around the world.

Contact: seattle@abrahamicreunion.org
www.abrahamicreunion.org

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Sheikh Ghassan Manasra

Sheikh Ghassan Manasra

Sheikh Ghassan Manasra is a globally recognized interreligious dialogue expert and facilitator. He is also a Fulbright Scholar and lecturer. He currently serves, and has served in the past, on the boards of numerous Israeli, American, and international peacemaking organizations, including The Middle East Civic Forum, the Sulha Peace Project, Anwar Il-Salaam (Lights of Peace Center), and the World Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace. He is from Nazareth, Israel.

Sheikh Ghassan was awarded the 2014 “Outstanding Leader in Interreligious Dialogue” award from the Dialogue Institute of Temple University in conjunction with the Fulbright Foundation and the U.S. State Department. He is a trusted advisor to heads of state—secular, Jewish, and Muslim—in the Middle East, Europe, and North America, and he has many friends across all religious and political divisions.

He is a trained scholar in both Arabic and Hebrew. He is a writer, poet and author, and has taught at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is sought after around the world for lectures and workshops on peacemaking, Islam, interfaith and multifaith dialogue, and interreligious relations. He has lectured at governmental and religious institutions, as well as at Cornell, Cambridge, Yale, American, Temple, and Ryerson Universities. In addition, he has been a presenter at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the Congress of Rabbis and Imams for Peace, and many other interreligious organizations around the world.

Sheikh Ghassan is Co-Coordinator of the Abrahamic Reunion, which is a network of Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Druze, and secular peacemakers dedicated to rebuilding trust and creating a lasting harmonious peace in the Holy Land through interreligious dialogue, prayer, events, and religious influence. In addition, he is Interreligious Dialogue Lecturer, Coordinator, and Advisor at Rising Tide International in Sarasota, Florida.

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Interfaith Dinner Dialogue on November 11 – “What it is to be …”

F.I.R.E. (Fostering Interfaith Relationships on the Eastside) invites you to the eleventh in a series of Dinner Dialogues aimed at fostering interfaith relationships, on Sunday, November 11, 5PM to 8PM, hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7720 126th Avenue NE in Kirkland.

This Dialogue will be on the topic “What it is to be … ”. We will have a panel discussion among several world beliefs, including Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Zoroastrian,  on topics such as “What is it like to deeply live your faith?”, “Everything you wanted to know about being your faith”, “What is your faith tradition’s key message to the world?”, “What is your daily/weekly/monthly spiritual practices?”, and “How do you stay inspired to practice your faith?”. 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 November 11, 2018

The next FIRE Dinner Dialogue is scheduled for Sunday, November 11, 2018, 5-8PM, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7720 126th Avenue NE in Kirkland.

The topic will be “What’s it like to be a ______?”. We’ll talk about what it’s like to deeply live our faith; things you’ve always wanted to know about other faiths; daily, weekly, monthly, and annual spiritual practices of our faith; how we stay inspired to practice our faith, and more. It’s a great opportunity to get to know people from many faith communities!

Please save the date, and watch for more information and the opening of RSVPs!

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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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