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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VIGIL for PEACE on December 21 in Kirkland

Multiple faith groups put aside differences in the name of peace

Kirkland, WA, December 21, 2015:  In the spirit of the holiday season, multiple faith communities are putting aside their theological differences to stand together in witness for peace. During this time where communities seem fractured, lives are being lost, and hearts are broken, one group agrees that there is something they can do together. On Monday, December 21, 2015 from 4pm-6pm at the intersection of Central Way and Third Street in downtown Kirkland, many will gather with candles and signs with one simple message: peace.

In an unusual move, there is no political agenda for this gathering. The goal is to show that the local community, and by extension the larger world, can stand together despite differences. People of many backgrounds have been working together to build relationships across faiths with no motive beyond respect for the other.

The Vigil for Peace is co-sponsored by F.I.R.E. (Fostering Interfaith Relationships on the Eastside) and Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church. Everyone in the larger community is invited to participate.

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Interfaith Dinner Dialogue on November 8 — “When Faith and Public Life Collide”

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

This Dialogue will be on the topic “When Faith and Public Life Collide: How do faith traditions handle controversial issues?”. 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 a full-color flyer, or download and print a two-per-page bulletin insert.

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Interfaith Dinner Dialogue on May 17 — “Prosperity and Poverty”

treeOpen, respectful and interesting conversation about things that really matter – that’s what happens at the twice-a-year Dinner Dialogues sponsored by Fostering Interfaith Relationships on the Eastside (F.I.R.E.). The next Dinner Dialogue is Sunday, May 17, from 5-8pm, at Temple B’Nai Torah, 15727 NE 4th Street, in Bellevue. The topic will be “Prosperity and Poverty: What do faith traditions say about disparity?”

The evening will begin with a potluck dinner. Out of respect for the traditions at the Temple, guests are requested this time not to bring any dishes containing shellfish or pork. Guests are also encouraged to label the dishes with contents (labels provided) so others may avoid allergens or other food intolerances. Consideration is a watchword at these events, and the way that food is handled exemplifies that spirit.

Following the dinner, there will be a panel discussion representing a wide range of faith traditions. Each panelist speaks informally about the topic for the evening, followed by a question and answer period, which often includes give and take among the panelists, as well as questions and comments from the audience. Armed perhaps with some new information, guests are then encouraged to share conversation in smaller groups around their tables, and “report out” new insights.

Anyone from the Eastside is welcome to attend, whether or not they are affiliated with a faith tradition. The only entrance “requirement” is an open mind, and a willingness to listen and share ideas respectfully. The F.I.R.E. planning team believes that opportunities like these are rare in our increasingly divided communities. “These days, most of us spend the bulk of our time talking with others like ourselves who already agree with us about many things,” said Sharon Sherrard, member of the F.I.R.E. planning team, “We’re losing the art of meaningful conversation where varied viewpoints can be expressed.”

F.I.R.E. developed following an interfaith prayer service that was held at the Kirkland Performance Center on the tenth anniversary of September 11. This is the fifth Dialog Dinner they have sponsored. Past topics have included: “The Common Good, “ “Life After Death,” and “”By Whose Authority?” F.I.R.E. has also participated in the International Day of Peace and the Kirkland 4th of July Parade. For more information about F.I.R.E. please visit the website, fire-wa.org.

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Interfaith Dinner Dialogue on November 22 — “In Whose Authority?”

treeF.I.R.E. (Fostering Interfaith Relationships on the Eastside) invites you to the fourth in a series of Dinner Dialogues aimed at fostering interfaith relationships, on Saturday, November 22, 5PM to 8PM, hosted by the Kirkland Washington Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7720 126th Avenue NE, Kirkland (in the South Rose Hill neighborhood).

This Dialogue will be on the topic “In Whose Authority: How is authority and leadership structured and carried out in your faith tradition?”. 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-page color flyer, or download and print a two-per-page bulletin insert.

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