Let’s Talk About Women — and Faith

Symposium flyerLast fall FUMCFW hosted “Pathway to Peace,” an interfaith symposium that brought together speakers and members of three major faith communities to talk about similarities, differences, and a way forward together. “It was a very real and hopeful example that we all can come to know God more fully as we nurture relationships of trust and respect for one another, and share in our common, faithful thread of compassion,” recalls Dr. Len Delony, who helped organize the event along with Rev. Chuck Graff, who led this bold initiative.

If the standing-room-only crowd gathered in Wesley Hall for this event was any indication, the potential for faith communities to influence peace in our global interfaith community is not only a dream, but a rapidly growing reality, organizers agree. “In the current climate of fear and mistrust, interfaith conversations that lead to understanding, respect, and mutual trust are critically important,” says Dr. Tim Bruster, FUMCFW Senior Pastor. “Our hope is that the conversation will continue within our congregations and become embodied in future generations.”

With this in mind, on Sunday, February 12, we will strike up another conversation — this time about “Women in Faith.” We have three excellent speakers to this Christian, Jewish, and Muslim dialogue who will share their faith traditions and perspectives: Dr. Rebekah Miles, a member of FUMCFW and Professor of Ethics and Practical Theology at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University; Cantor Sheri Allen, the leader at Congregation Beth Shalom in Arlington and Chaplain for VITAS Healthcare in Fort Worth; and Saliha Malik, who currently serves as National President of the Ahmadi Women’s Association, an auxiliary of the Ahmadi Muslim Community, known as Lajna Imaillah.

Following this informative and enlightening panel discussion of women’s issues from a faith perspective, there will be a time for questions and answers, with refreshments and fellowship in a reception afterwards. Please join us at 3:00 pm at Beth-El Congregation, located at 4900 Briarhaven Road in Fort Worth, 76109, for this important opportunity for faith communities and guests to come together once again.

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