Library to Showcase Great World Religions
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It might be a good idea to block off Tuesday evenings this March and early April. The Washington-Centerville Library will host a series of programs on many of the Great World Religions by showcasing a different faith each Tuesday night, concluding with a panel discussion featuring most of the guest presenters. The Centerville-Washington Diversity Council, co-sponsor of the series, has been instrumental in working with the library to produce the series. All sessions are from 7-8:30 pm and will be held at Centerville Library, 111 W. Spring Valley Road. The series schedule is as follows:
- March 1: Hinduism, presented by Dr. Ramesh Patel, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Religion of Antioch College;
- March 8: Buddhism, presented by Mike Young of the Gar Drolma Buddhist Center of Dayton;
- March 15: Judaism, presented by Rabbi Judy Chessin of Temple Beth Or in Centerville;
- March 22: Christianity, presented by Norm Rich, a teacher at Alter High School; Zeke McManis, a pastor at Fairhaven Church; and Dr. George H. “Sandy” McConnel, senior pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dayton;
- March 29: Islam, presented by Dr. Kindy Ghussin and Mr. Tarif Hourani, local members of the Islamic community;
- April 5: Panel Discussion, featuring most of the presenters of the series.
The six-week series will cover the basic tenets of the different faiths, including topics such as major doctrine, general history of the faiths, holy or very noteworthy documents or books, and more. The concluding panel discussion should be especially interesting. Most of the presenters of the series will be on hand to answer questions that will give the audience a chance to gain a broader perspective of the different faiths.
Appropriate for adults and high school students, the series is free and open to the public and reservations are not required. Because the topic of religion is a sensitive one, the library stresses that the primary goal for the series is to relay solid information about the different faiths. All in attendance are encouraged to bring their curiosity and questions but to please be respectful of the presenters and those in the audience.
For more information on Washington-Centerville Public Library programs and services, visit the library’s website at www.wclibrary.info or call the library at 433-8091. Anyone needing special accommodations should call the library in advance.
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