Season for Interfaith / Intercultural Celebration

A Season for Interfaith – Intercultural Celebration

interfaithUnity Center for Spiritual Growth’s A Season for Interfaith – Intercultural Celebration includes the following services, workshops and special events.


October 2 — Kick-off at Sunday services
Rev. Pat’s talk at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services: “The Golden Rule in all Faiths

Dr. Abraham Peck

Dr. Abraham Peck

October 9 — Dr. Abraham Peck
Talk at 10 a.m. service: “Judaism”
Workshop at 12:15 p.m.: “Judaism and Christianity: How the Parting of the Ways became the Joining of the Ways”
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Rev. Jaclyn Ashla

Rev. Jaclyn Ashla

October 30 — Rev. Jaclyn Ashla
Talk at 10 a.m. service: “Sufi Meditation”
Afternoon Worship Service: “Universal Worship”
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Jane Burdick

Jane Burdick

November 20 — Jane Burdick
Talk at 10 a.m. service: “Tibetan Buddhism”
Workshop at 12:15 p.m.: “Buddhist Meditation Practice”
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In Heart Thoughts (weekly email), there is an interfaith / intercultural story shared by community members each week. These messages also are published in Rev. Pat’s Sunday Audio Files blog.

Interfaith Living: How can we do this better?
Wednesday, October 12, 12:30 p.m.
Ideas from India and Maher — Maher is an interfaith, caste-free refuge for the at-risk, abused, and abandoned in India. Founded by an Indian Catholic nun, Sr Lucy immediately saw the villagers in need of her help also needed the solace and support of their own faith. So, she insisted that Maher be interfaith (something her church has always been unhappy with).  Maher daily life is actively spiritual, deeply joyful, deeply loving – it’s an amazing community to live in (says frequent visitor Darcy Cunningham of North Yarmouth Maine).  And the people there are of all faiths, all castes….living, loving, healing, working, & playing together.  Come join our discussion with 2 young men who grew up at Maher, one from a Muslim family, one from a Hindu family, both fully part of the Maher family, now brothers of the heart.

Discussions on Islam
Thursdays, October 27-November 17, 6:30-8 p.m.
This multi-part series on Thursday evenings is part of our Season for Interfaith / Intercultural Celebration.

October 27 — Documentary: 30 Days as a Muslim in America

November 3 — 5 Pillars of Islam and other Practices; discussion facilitated by Pat Bartke

November 10 — Panel of Muslim students from USM sharing their perspectives and answering questions

Nov 17 – Thursday, 5:30 – 8 p.m. at First Parish U.U. Church, 425 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101. Dinner Dialogue (sit at dinner with people of varying faith traditions and dialogue about each person’s festivals and holidays). $10 donation.

TBA – A visit to a local mosque


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