The Red Bench: Interfaith Conversations that Matter

In response to the growing controversy related to the proposed Muslim Community Center in New York, and the more generalized expressions of anti-Muslim sentiment around the nation, AAIM (Austin Area Interreligious Ministries) will be presenting a special “emergency” session of its dialog program “The Red Bench: Interfaith Conversations that Matter” on Tuesday, August 31st at 6:30 PM. The program will take place at Congregation Beth Israel at 3901 Shoal Creek Boulevard. 

The Red Bench program features moderated small group conversations that provide a safe and civil way for people of different faiths to share their concerns and experiences and to learn from one another. This dialog will address the question: “How do we deal with the fear of Islam and the consequences of our own fears?”  The program will get under way with a panel of representatives leaders representing Christianity, Judaism, and Islam each responding to the question that the participants will be addressing.

Note: Special provision will be made for Muslims who are observing Ramadan – an area will be set aside for evening prayers and light refreshments will be served following sunset.

Please RSVP here if you wish to attend. We encourage you share this information with your friends, family, and fellow congregants.

To learn more about AAIM’s position on recent events, click here to read the Op-Ed piece that will be appearing in the Austin American-Statesman on Tuesday.

For more information visit http://www.aaimaustin.org/or call us at 512-386-9145.

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Trinity United Methodist Church is not a church that has all the answers, but we do know the source of our hope, healing, and love. Your continued participation is welcome as we seek to serve God through each other, our community, and our world. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would simply like to talk. Trinity United Methodist Church is a dynamic community of people, who through their trust in God's faithfulness, strive to provide an inclusive, joyful, loving, and caring environment. In this community, people can find spiritual nurture and growth, mutual support of individual needs, and a sense of family. Reaching out through vital and creative worship, people-centered programs, and social and environmental stewardship, this congregation serves the local and global communities.

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