Save the Date — FIRE Dinner Dialogue on April 5, 2020

The next Interfaith Dinner Dialogue sponsored by Fostering Interfaith Relationships on the Eastside (FIRE) will be held on Sunday, April 5, 5-8PM, at East Shore Unitarian Church in Bellevue. The topic will be “Stewardship of the Earth”, in association with Earth Day which is also in April. We’re still working on refining the topics and identifying panelists, but wanted to give you as much notice as possible to reserve the time on your calendar. RSVPs via Eventbrite will be available soon. Hope to see you on April 5!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.